scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: meeting planning concern
Cliff Cray (deacon1@MEDIAONE.NET
Fri Mar 17 2000 - 16:07:51 CST
Jason Cruse wrote:
> My troop is having some problems, and I would like input from the list.
> Off-list replies, as always, are most appropriate.
Jason, I am going to do this on list ass others may have thoughts to share.
Use the program planning video and program. Pick a weekend. ( I used to do it in
August after summer camp.) Be sure to have the session with the SPL. 2 deep
leadership means another scout. I recomend one that will work well with SPL even
if not a troop office holder. Same with Assist Scoutmaster. One that works well
with your boys. Have the session where there is a meeting room near an outdoor
camping area. I am lucky because we have 12 acres in the center of town across
from our meeting place. Hopefully the Patrol Leaders will have ideas from their
Patrols. Follow the guide in the program. Stop and either send out for pizza or
make a lunch at the campsite. A good place for a game and blow off a little
steam. Maybe set up tents etc. Take your time with the planning process. My last
session ended about nine pm. Took to many breaks. Have some fun then bed.
Adults might do breakfast and then a quick review of Saturday before breaking
camp. This get your leaders away from the other boys and is a special weekend
for them. SPL and SM make an appointment with Troop Comm. and be sure CR or IH
are present. Next Troop meeting take this to the troop and let the scouts know
this will be fine tuned monthly at the PLC. A SM is and advisor and I learned
long ago that a good advisor is one that can get his ideas across without the
boy's realizing what has happened. A good program should keep the scouts. Also
at meetings, no dead time. Think of a radio program. Like clockwork, never "dead
air" Always moving on.
Hope this helps.
H. Clifton "Cliff" Cray
Former Scoutmaster, Troop 136, 97 Jambo Troop 527
Former District Commissioner. Activities Chairman, Historic district
Daniel Webster Council, NH. "A good Ole Bear," NE-I-150
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