Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET)
Sat, 12 Sep 1998 05:19:28 -0600
Having just done this last July and having just taught it at
Roundtable, I am no expert, but it worked for me. Take you
PLC through the Annual Troop Planning Conference. First,
get yourself one of those big easel pads, some different
colored magic markers, and one of those big desk-top size
calendars where each month is one page, and some masking
tape. Have the PLC meet at a different location than you
normally meet. We went up to our scout ranch, brought a sack
lunch and I bought pop. I had the SPL ride up with me and I
told him what I would expect of him today, to lead the
meeting after I introduced this concept to the rest of the
PLC. Before you start, do your home work. Get the school
calendar so you know when any vacations are planned, and the
calendar of your Charter Org. or where you meet, so you know
how it may effect your meeting place. Also get a calendar
of your local district or council, so you know when BSA
events are planned.
I started off with a review of what we did last year,
talking about what we did right. Then you flip the page and
write things down that you (as a group) feel could have been
done better or what needed to be improved on. As you fill
out each page, tear it off and tape it up to a wall around
the room, so you can refer to them later. Turn the meeting
over to the SPL and sit back. Your purpose here is to keep
the meeting going and on track. Your PLC needs to plan out
each month and each monthly outing. Monthly plans that need
to be made are: when is any Scoutmaster conference, Board
of Review, PLC Meeting, Court of Honor, etc. For any
weekend outing, where do THEY want to go, what will they do
when they get there. As we finished each month, tape the
calendar up on the wall.
Take a nice lunch break and start work again. My ASM's all
came too and they were part of the meeting, asking questions
only, not running the meeting.
When all this is done, print out a calendar for each PLC
member, other adult leader and take it to your Committee
meeting and make sure they buy into this program, too.
Corel Wordperfect has a calendar program available in it,
and Microsoft has a separate calendar program available. If
nothing else, get a three ring binder size calendar, type
the dates on it and run it through a copier. Plan on having
another shorter planning session in the winter to make any
revisions. If you have new troop elections, each new PLC
member needs to be given a copy of this calendar.
More details on how to do this are in Woods Wisdom, too.
To wrap up this meeting, I made the boys review what we did
right and what we did wrong last year and to set some goals
for this coming year. Some of our goals for 98-99 are:
Three new EAgles by June, 1st; all new scouts will advance
to First Class by May, 1st; all scouts will advance at least
one rank; all patrols will have patrol flags and patrol
yells; all scouts will be in proper troop uniform by Oct.
those new scouts who did not go to summer camp with us will
be caught up by Dec. 1st;, etc. This list of goals I then
printed out and gave to the SPL to pass out at his first PLC
Try it you'll like it.
Former Scoutmaster of Troop 30
Now Boy Scout Roundtable Comissioner
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City