scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Troop Communication
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET
Fri Nov 12 1999 - 11:07:08 CST
We don't attempt to use our troop newsletter for communications other
that to let Scouts and parents know what has happened. A recent
issue, but not the most recent, may be viewed at:
For communications, we use the following:
1. A "callaround" on Saturday-Sunday during which patrol leaders call
their members to let them know of "due dates", assignments for the next
troop meeting, etc. Periodically, the SPL will ask for a show of hands
to see which Scouts are not receiving calls during the Callaround. If
necessary, he speaks to the patrol leaders to remind them of this
2. A written information handout passed out during each troop meeting.
If a Scout is absent, the handout is mailed home to the parent or
parents. We also post the information handout on our web page. See:
3. Permission forms for campouts and activities that require parental
permission. These are mailed home to Scouts who don't attend a troop
meeting during which a handout is distributed.
4. E-mail rememinders to Scouts or parents that have e-mail (about 40%
of our troop).
It is very rare that I contact a Scout or parent by phone. Over the
years, we've been successful in training the boys to contact their
Patrol Leaders if they have questions about upcoming activities. In
turn, the Patrol Leaders contact the SPL if they need information. The
SPL and I communicate by e-mail when needed.
These are the methods that seem to work best for our troop which usually
has at least 80 active Scouts during any point in time.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
I used to be an Owl (WM-62-2-98 @ Philmont)