Scouting, Volume 10, Number 3, March 1922 Page: 2
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SCOUTING, MARCH, 1922
PRINCIPLES OF THE TROOP MEETING
Work your plan,
ready all needed
REPLIES to the questionnaire sent
out to the field by the Proctor Sur-
vey Committee in 1919 showed a
fairly heavy demand for help in conduct-
ing troop meetings. Scouting has pub-
lished considerable help in the_ form of
definite programs, and will continue to do
this from time to time. Following up the
discussion of the subject in the last issue
of Scouting, we now present for your
consideration a mighty readable Code for
the troop meeting.
In February, we gave you the frame-
work of the troop meeting, here we give
BEFORE MEETING BEGINS
Be on time. A boy will do anything
for you with good grace, except
Have a definite purpose for each
Plan your work.
List and have
Keep every moment busy.
Something must be happening every
minute. You make it happen.
Collect all dues before meeting.
Train Patrol Leader to prepare room
for the meeting to fit the program.
Keep visitors in proper place.
Get members of Troop Committee to
attend as often as possible.
Give them some definite thing to do.
Do not permit pauses or stop to whis-
per to someone. Crowd things
Boys have a thousand muscles to
wiggle with and only one to sit
still with. That one gets mighty
tired pretty quick.
Don't do too much yourself. Yes,
we know it is fun. Train your
leaders to do things also.
If your planned program won't work,
be resourceful; make a switch to
suit conditions for that meeting.
Discipline must be maintained. It
starts with yourself.
Self reliance and moral courage are
your lieutenants. Boys know these
elements without your labeling
Know what you want and get it.
An unsettled mind spells failure.
Know what you believe.
Your schedule will get you some-
where and you will get through.
Shift the periods, but _ accomplish
your aim for that meeting.
Study conditions in your troop and
adapt your program to that.
These outlines only suggest ONE
method of work. Yours may have
to be different.
Recognize and acknowledge faith-
fulness and diligence in the boys.
Reward these with promotions or
You are dealing with boys. Get their
slant on things. Get down off
AFTER THE MEETING
Check up your results. What are you
If you have your meeting down in
black and white, you can check or
X the result.
Build up on your successful meeting.
Eliminate your failures.
Spend some time in study on the
broader boy problems.
you the foundation stones. These stones
were skillfully laid by a master Scout-
man, George C. Walker, Scout Executive
at Grand Rapids, Michigan. What he has
to say will repay not only a careful read-
ing, but even memorizing. (What's the
use in presenting facts if they aren't
memorized and made a permanent part of
the workman's equipment?) You will get
a few hearty laughs out of this article,
which leads us to suggest that a few
hearty laughs are necessary to every
Executive Walker also let us have a
What Makes a Troop Meeting Go ?
Let Walker Tell You—He Knows
A ONE-MONTH SCHEDULE, GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.
5 Drills by
5 Boys in
in 10 min-
utes by 10
Drill by Pa-
1 st Aid—
P. L. B.
A. S. M.
A. S. M.
Flag A. S.
Short Talks by
"A Scout is
"A Scout is
copy of a schedule for a month of troop
meetings. We reproduce the schedule here,
giving five troop meeting programs. But
we put every scoutmaster on notice that
the least helpful thing in the world is a
mere schedule by minutes and subjects,
for a troop meeting. Build into this
schedule your own needs, as created by
the activities of your troop, and never tie
yourself up by minutes and subjects to do
something in one evening, that may have
no helpful connection with the rest of the
days and hours of the week. Study your
Scoutmaster's Handbook on this subject.
It is good to see another scoutmaster
at work in his troop. Arrange for
Don't waste precious time thinking
of what you can do for troop in
general. Do something for one
boy in particular.
Seize and use every opportunity to
cultivate chumminess with the
Visit, once at least, every Scout in
his home. Don't be so offish. Be
a sociable guy.
Bury your grouch. Scout Law No.
8 is good. Work it overtime.
AT least one, and preferably
more than one definite
troop objective held constantly
before the troop, with stimulat-
ing facts as to progress made
toward the objective, and ac-
companied by the challenge of
records made along the same
line by other troops, when ob-
tainable, should have a place
in every troop meeting pro-
The Executive Board has
approved a recommendation
made by the Committee on
Badges, Awards and Scout
Requirements, which presents
a new goal for every troop to
achieve. This is the distinc-
tive title, "Veteran Troop."
Immediately a troop completes
five years of continuous enroll-
ment at the National Office, it
is a "Veteran Troop" and is
entitled to add that designation
to its troop name and number.
A space is_ now provided in the
reregistration blank in which to
make application for the title,
which thereupon will be added
to the troop charter. When
the troop has been enrolled for
ten years, it receives the desig-
nation "Ten Year Veteran
Undoubtedly, there will arise
a contest throughout the coun-
try for the honor of being the
Veteran Troop having the
largest number of Veteran
Scouts upon its rolls. Right
now is the time to take a Vet-
eran Scout census and lay down
your campaign for winning.
Here’s what’s next.
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