Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: [Fwd: Scoutmaster wisdom wanted!]
Re: [Fwd: Scoutmaster wisdom wanted!]
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Tue, 3 Aug 1999 20:55:59 -0500
You asked on behalf of your son, who became the Troop's Senior Patrol Leader
>What is the suggest way to close the troop meeting? He knows circle >up,
scoutmaster minute, and pledge or oath, dismissed.
That's one way, but it's not the ONLY way to close a Troop meeting.
A Troop meeting can be closed by a fast or slow song, a reciting of the
Scouting ideals with or without the "circle of brotherhood" (friendship)
(troop circle) (take your pick), a reading of a inspiring poem...or even a
flag ceremony. It's up to the "service Patrol" and not just to the SPL to
do the closing every week.
(What's a "service Patrol"?? Traditionally, in a Troop, the duties of
servicing the Troop -- setting up, opening, closing and putting away things
-- is left to one patrol. Likewise the support to the program -- setting up
the stuff supporting the program, coming up with the game, providing
entertainment if needed (sometimes even when its NOT needed *smiling*) and
assisting guests is left to a "program patrol". The
"service" and "program" Patrol distinction rotates among all of the patrols.
It's a way to share the responsibilities, to train those people OTHER THAN
Troop officers, and most importantly to keep the group together...your Troop
may want to do this or not. It's not mandatory.)
>But when where and how should he put in announcments invites that >may
come in for the troop to particpate in.
After the Scoutmasters' Minute and before the closing in most Troops,
Sharon. Others do it at the very last; and still others do it closer to the
starting of the weekly Troop meeting.
>As he is new in this postion, he would like the wisdom of others as he is
>trying to do a good job.
He asked a great question...and I'm sure he'll receive a lot more answers to
it...there's several ways of doing it...all good.
Thanks for asking!!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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