scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Troop Yearly Planning Session
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Sun Jun 04 2000 - 18:00:28 CDT
At 08:44 PM 6/3/00 EDT, Foxblue@AOL.COM wrote:
>How do your troops get the troop to volunteer or feel apart of the troop
>yearly planning session and keep the program events fresh?
>Do you meet as a group and just have scouts shout out ideas?
This has worked for us. Around the beginning of August we'll spend part of
a couple of meetings (or perhaps at a campout) on this. The first one I'll
pass out this year's schedule to remind them of what we did (and perhaps of
a couple of things we intended to do but never got around to). The SPL
will take ideas from everyone and write them down. At this point anything
goes--we just get ideas out there with no complaints or comments and not
too much discussion.
Sometimes we vote on them the same day but I like to wait a few days or a
week to let the ideas simmer. We get together again, see if there's
additional ideas, and then discuss. Some ideas get axed right
away--against G2SS or not practical--but if it looks like a good one we try
to find some alternative that we can do.
Then we vote. The TLC then meets to go over the results and tries to fit
in as many of the top vote-getters as will fit on the calendar. This is
the meeting where I bring the outline of the next year's calendar which
lists what's already scheduled (Council & District activities, our winter
cabin camp, school dates, etc.). After the TLC hammers out a schedule it
goes to the Committee for what's usually a rubber-stamp approval.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster Outside of a dog a book is
Troop 736 Man's best friend. Inside
Beaver Dam, Wisc. of a dog it's too dark