Parents Meeting Notes (from March 2008)
Scouting is designed to be boy led.
As a troop grows the patrol method is the best way to insure success. Troop 97 is growing and if we are to succeed we must re-establish the patrol method.
1. Patrol Method:
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
Assistant Patrol Leaders (ASPL)
Assistant Patrol Leaders
Various positions in the troop
Every boy has the chance to take a leadership position. (Click here to see a description of the various positions and duties.)
If the patrol method is to work we need to give the boys the chance to lead (it is not easy for the adults to step back and let the boys lead but we must make every effort to give this a chance to work).
For the patrol method to succeed planning and communication are key.
2. Patrol Leaders Council:
The SPL and ASPL are responsible for:
- Planning and running the weekly meeting. This is done in a monthly Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meeting.
- Monthly Program is discussed at the PLC and weekly meeting plans are put together.
- Weekly meetings are divided into 3 parts.
- Announcements and troop business.
- Patrol activity (need for adult supervision).
- Troop activity; sometimes a Game.
- Planning and running monthly campouts & outings.
- Campouts must be run by the patrol method.
- SPL or ASPL are in charge.
- Duty Rosters are posted and scouts are expected to do their jobs.
- Patrol Cooking, the boys will do their own cooking.
If the patrol method is going to work we first need to know who’s attending an outing. Here’s where communication is key.
- All events are on the calendar.
- P-slips will be out a minimum of 3 weeks before the event.
- Mr. Courtney will send out an e-mail with the p-slip but we need to follow up with phone contact. P-Slips will also be on the Website (click here). Patrol Leaders will be responsible to contact the members of their patrol and get a firm commitment on who will be attending. We need to know who’s attending so we have:
- Enough drivers.
- Enough adults.
- The patrol can purchase the correct amount of food.
We will establish a cut off time to sign up for the event. If your son is not signed up by that cut off he will not be attending the event. Everyone is busy but we need a commitment from everyone if the event is going to be successful. This may means that we may have to cancel an event if the sign-up deadline is not met.
It is extremely important that the patrol leaders do their job and make the contact and it is equally important that your son respond to the patrol leader in a timely fashion.
Patrol Cooking: On a rotating basis each member of the patrol will be given an opportunity to shop for food for the outing. We will give you assistance in planning what staples are needed. The boys will be cooking (under adult guidance) for their patrol and the adults. Each scout is responsible to have his own mess kit and eating utensils on every outing. We will provide you with a list of all necessary equipment for a campout.
Duty Rosters: If the boys work together all the work on a campout can be done quickly and efficiently and leave plenty of time for fun. Each boy will have a job (as assigned by the SPL) and is expected to do his job. All parents and adult leaders need to defer to the SPL for all decisions on a campout. We know you want to pitch in and help but let the boys do the work and learn how to run an efficient camp. Please do not countermand the instructions of the SPL. If you have problem please see the Scoutmaster.
Tenting: Two boys will share a tent on each campout. One boy will be asked to take the tent home and clean it after the tent.
- Set the tent up.
- Clean it inside and out, sweeping any dirt and debris out of the inside. Use a soft rag with water to remove any mud or dirt from the surface. Let the tent dry after wiping it down.
- Be sure the tent is completely dry before packing it up.
- Return the tent at the next meeting and report any missing parts or damage.
4. Leadership Responsibilities:
If a boy accepts a position we will expect him to actually work at that position. We will no longer allow a boy to wear a patch and then not do anything. IF YOUR SON HAS A POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY (WHICH HE NEEDS TO ACHIEVE RANK ADVANCEMENTS) HE HAS TO ACTUALLY WORK AT THAT POSITION OR HE WILL NOT ADVANCE. We will be happy to discuss the expectation of each position with the scout and his parents. (Click here to see a description of the various positions and duties.)
Each rank requires a scout demonstrate Scout Spirit or to be active in the Troop for a set period of time. THIS WILL NO LONGER BE AN AUTOMATIC SIGN OFF. IF YOU EXPECT YOUR SON TO ADVANCE (INCLUDING BECOMING AN EAGLE SCOUT) HE NEEDS TO BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE TROOP. THE TROOP COMMITTEE HAS INSTRUCTED THE SCOUTMASTER THAT HE IS NOT TO SIGN AN EAGLE APPLICATION FOR A BOY WHO IS NOT MAKING AN EFFORT TO PARTICIPATE IN TROOP MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES.
This last item was not discussed at the parent’s meeting but the troop committee felt it was important to add especially for upcoming events like Memorial Day, 4th of July Parade and summer camp.
Uniforms - We would like all scouts to have the proper field uniform.
- Khaki Shirt (red shoulder loops and with proper rank insignia). Shirts are to be tucked in at all times.
- Green shorts or long pants (if you cannot get official scouts pants try to get something similar). (NOTE: Long Scout pants are now on sale at the Council Scout Shop.)
- Scout belt.
- Scout socks should be worn with shorts.
- Troop 97 hat.
Red Troop 97 t-shirts and sweatshirts (Class “B”) can be purchased for use on campouts and outings where the field uniform is not necessary.
We realize that the younger boys quickly outgrow their cloths so we will establish a uniform exchange program on the website.