Re: WARNING: First Class in One Year may lead to Weak Eagles (lo
Peter K Kennon (lego@VISI.COM)
Sat, 20 Dec 1997 12:24:51 -0600
I agree with Mr. Gerlach. If a troop takes the time to layout lessons
for every week and every camp out that don't just cover the requirements
but go somewhat into them the First Class First Year works. The key, I
think, is properly trained Troop Guides.
The Troop Guide position is the most important position in the troop.
The Troop Guide does not only have to lead, but they must understand
fully every requirement in the book. They must not only be able to teach
enough for the scouts to sign off the requirement, but they must be able
to answer the scouts questions about WHY?
The guidelines we have in our troop for troop guide are as follows:
1. Must be at least 15 yrs. old.
2. Must have completed the rank of Eagle Scout.
3. Must have served as SPL.
4. Must be willing to come to every meeting and every event.
5. Must be a first responder.
6. When 17 must become red cross cert. as a CPR instructor.
7. Be able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
8. GPA must be at least 2.70
As a troop guide, they will have these responsibilities
1. Know all material related to all of the scout - 1st class req.
2. Sign off the requirements when the scout has demonstrated sufficient
3. Train another troop guide when they plant to leave the position
4. Train other troop guides at the district and council level when
5. Train new adult leaders if asked
6. Revise the troop's curriculum when necessary
7. Communicate with parents no less that twice a month.
8. Allow no scout to droop out without a very good reason.
In our troop we will only have 8 scouts per troop guide. If we only have
1 troop guide we will only let 8 scouts into our troop, by way of
Peter K Kennon
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