scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Troop Communication
Susan Best (s.best@SWE.ORG
Sun Nov 14 1999 - 22:22:39 CST
At 03:21 PM 11/14/99 -0500, Michael A. Golrick wrote:
>The troop I am with has (for longer than I have been in the troop -- 8
>years) relied on a phone chain from the SPL to the ASPLs to the PLs and
>then to the Patrol members. There are weekly phone calls. ll troop members
>and parents have been told, if you haven't hear by Wed. (our troop meets on
>Fri) then CALL back up the chain. This puts the responsibility with whom it
>belongs . . . the boys.
If your point was simply to say that the boys should be making phone calls,
not the adults, I agree.
On the other hand, a monthly newsletter is also a valuable tool. The
newsletter is good for getting out advance information on upcoming events,
a vehicle for distributing permission slips, reporting on past events
(letting parents know what happened, when their less than communicative
sons don't say much, as well as letting others know what fun was had), and
a good thing to have as a resource for Scouts and parents to refer to.
Verbal communication is generally less effective than written communication
for many people. Some people are more visual learners than verbal. Some
of the detail of events is going to get lost as it passes verbally from
person to person. I wouldn't expect any other organization to rely soley
on verbal communication, why should Scouting be different.
We distribute a newsletter on a monthly basis, handing out to those in
attendance at the meeting, and mailing it to those who didn't make the
Troop 296, Troop Committee, Advancement Chair
Former and currently Acting Newsletter Editor
Cradle of Liberty Council
1999 Silver Stag (JLT) Staff
I used to be an Eagle (NE-IV-89)