Re: New Scout's orientation, etc.?
Peter K. (lego@VISI.COM)
Wed, 11 Feb 1998 18:33:39 -0600
In our troop we most defiantly have a troop orientation meeting, in fact we
have several through out the year. I'll try to outline them for you now.
This may get long, so get a large glass of you favorite beverage and settle
(our scouts come in, in March so this is based on that time line)
1. December/January - Visit all weblos II dens in the area even if they are
not planing to join our troop. Talk about Boy Scouts. Talk to scouts and Den
leader(s). Explain there are many other troops and all are good. Compare
and Contrast Boy and Cub Scouts. Objective: Get the scouts to stay in
scouting in one troop or another
2. February - Attend the Blue and Golds/Crossovers of all the packs, even if
they are not sending scouts to our troop. For scouts that are crossing into
our troop, get their info (name and phone) When they cross over The SM
gives the their red epaulets a JASM gives them their Boy Scout book (a gift
from our troop), two troop guides remove their weblos neckerchief and put on
our troops 1st year neckerchief.
3. March - First troop meeting with new scouts. Meet with scouts and
PARENTS. Troop guides talk to scouts about the upcoming year and what they
will be doing. They go over that the only rules in our troop are the scout
oath and law. While the TGs are doing this the JASMs meet with the parents
and discuss the Parents handbook, Medical Information, Basics of Boy Scouts,
Funds Information, etc...
****It is VERY important that only the Troop Guides and Junior Assistant
Scoutmasters are doing these presentations. This is for several reasons:
1. It really hits home for the scouts and parents that
the SCOUTS are in charge of the troop. This (in my view) is the most
important meeting for the adults to demonstrate their role of passive
leadership and show the scouts and PARENTS that the SCOUTS run the show, all
aspects. It is also important for the scouts to know this and present with
this in mind.
2. It give the scouts responsibility for making their
own first impression
(That was 2 not several, if you want more ask)
4,5,6... We have several meetings with the parents to introduce new things
(Summer Camp, Winter Camp,) and the exit meeting when the scouts exit the
new scout program and the end of their first year.
We DO NOT have a code of conduct. In our view when you have parents and
scouts sign this, you are saying "We know you are little kids, so we need
you to sign this saying you know the rules, because we don't have trust in
By not having a signed code of conduit you will set the standards within the
program, by example and through education. This way these values, not rules,
will stick with the scouts for life. We follow a no tolerance discipline
plan with the view:
"If you set expectations high, Scouts will perform higher."
Questions??? Ask me.
Peter K Kennon
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