Re: Summer Meetings for Troops
Boy Scouts (Boy@SCOUT.NET)
Mon, 13 Apr 1998 00:17:55 -0400
On 4/11/98, at 10:49 PM, Tim Wanosik wrote:
>I was wondering what troops on the list do about summer weekly meetings.
>I have been told by the scoutmaster that most troops do not operate during
>the summer months. I told him it should if the scouts want to camp as it=
>planning for these outings. Before my son and other Webelos's joined this
>troop last year, about all they did was one week of summer camp. No=
>took place during the summer. The scoutmaster is a teacher and he has no
>meetings any time he is off for vaction or holidays that a teacher gets.=
>meetings are on Mondays that makes for few meetings even during the=
I've seen teachers do this in other Troops, and I can't understand it.=
was founded on the Patrol Method, and in America Patrols were often defined=
in terms of the natural tendency of boys to form into gangs. It is in the=
free-time of the summer months that gangs need something positive to do.=
is in the forgiving weather of summer that camping can be done with the=
amount of special planning, equipment, or money. What a perfect time to=
the Patrol Method to the test. Do you use the Patrol Method in your Troop,=
is everything up to the whim of this Scoutmaster?
The older Scoutmaster Handbooks recommended that all meetings in July and
August take place OUTDOORS. Last summer we took this advice to heart, as
well as B-P's "Scouting is a game played by boys, under the leadership of=
We spent the whole summer at "Chestnut Ridge," a huge wooded park near us
playing wide games from Baden-Powell's book "Scouting Games"
We started the meetings earlier, and extended them until 10 PM, since we=
dropping the Scouts off at their homes.
Somehow it never rained on the meeting night. The adults were looking=
to seeing what the Scouts could learn from playing wide games in the rain,
although this may not have been very popular with all of the Scouts. Our=
was to use some of B-P's "Town Games" in the local malls. My father still=
remembers playing "Shop Window" (a Kim's game) 60 years after he was in
I should mention that it may take some leadership to get the Scouts to=
use a book to learn new games. We were lucky that our Senior Patrol=
picking out a new game every week, and explaining the rules to his Troop.=
Patrol Leaders were not at all interested in reading.
Yours in Scouting,
Beaver, NE III - 137
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City