scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Greenbar or PLC
Brown Michael-EMB021 (Michael_Brown-EMB021@EMAIL.MOT.COM
Tue Apr 18 2000 - 13:20:42 CDT
>From: Anthony Hitchings <AHitchi@BART.GOV>
>we hold a so called monthly greenbar for planning - its like a PLC but with
>Our scouts never (that I can remember) hold a scouts-only PLC, especially
>[only exception was last year's summer trip, which went well]
Ok. Its been awhile since I was with a BS Troop. But we tried to follow
the style we saw our OA Lodge to run it's Executive Board (elected youth
officers & advisers) and Section run the Council of Chiefs (Lodge Chiefs and
The PLC is the PLs, SPL, ASPL, and SM as voting members. Scribe is there to
take notes. Other youth officers and ASMs are their to make reports as
needed (ie QM to make his report, Librarian, Troop Guide, etc). If others
want to watch, that's fine, but they are not to disturbe the meeting.
This is a good way to teach these kids parlimentary procedure and the
democratic process. Your PLC is a committee chaired by the SPL. PLs are
your voting members. The SM has veto power, to be used only to ensure that
BSA policies are followed. Others are there to make reports or observe, but
unless recognized by the chair (ie SPL) have no say. This should NOT be a
closed meeting. What are you hiding?
The SPL should have an agenda, and it should be followed. If a decision
needs to be made, follow parlypro to take a vote. Have your scribe take
meeting minutes. And so on.
Your voting members (plus Scribe) should ideally sit around a table. Other
youth officers and adult leaders should sit in chairs behind this group.
Any spectators in another row behind them.
We ran monthly PLCs to plan out the upcoming month's worth of meetings and
events. We ran an annual program planning/JL training event to set down the
major events for the year. This we did following the program kickoff around
August/September when we got our council's calender. We had our elections
for new officers, ran them thru the training, and planned out our events.
Detailed planned would later be done at the PLCs. Shortly after this, we'd
have a Court of Honor to present the awards from summer camp, induct the new
officers, and present this years calender of troop events. (we usually had
two other CoH's during the year. One in December, and one later on in
March/April or so.)
If you want help with Parlimentary Procedure, may I recommend you check out
the National Association of Parlimentarians at www.parliamentarians.org.
They have a lot of materials to help teach and understand parlimentary
procedure and how to run meetings following it.
Hope that helps.
Michael R. Brown
Venturing Crew #1838