Lots of things going on this year. Here we take a sneak peek into one of our weekly meetings:
Once the scouts have all assembled and the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) has called the meeting to order, the formal meeting begins. We start every meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and the Outdoor Code. Here we have brothers Nick and Dominic leading the troop in the Oath.
With all of the Eagle projects going on it is only natural for Eagle Scout candidates to discuss how their projects are going, if they have finished them, when their board of review is scheduled for, and what they plan to do for their Courts of Honors. Discussions like this one are a symbol of what being a boy scout is all about.
Our meetings are jam packed with many activities. Here we see two boys working on their rank requirements. When several boys are working on the same rank they are grouped together so they may learn how to work as a team and how to become an effective unit.
It is also commonplace for the older experienced scouts to help other scouts with rank requirements and basic skills. Teaching is one of the fundamentals of scouting. When an older scout takes on the task of teaching younger scouts how to do things, they are building leadership skills they will be able to use their entire life.
Our Advancement Chairman can often be seen helping scouts with their merit badge work as seen here. Whenever a scout is unsure of what badges he has or needs for rank, he is welcome to ask Mr. Bright for the answers. He keeps a very accurate account on every boy in the troop. This information is especially critical to know when the scout is embarking on the rank of Eagle. You do not want any surprises there.
Because of the many camp outs, the older boys will also help the new scouts plan their meals as demonstrated here. The younger scouts would happily make their menus consist of cookies, candy, and perhaps milk. It is up to the older scouts to advise them on how they should be eating nd what meals they can and cannot have on a camping trip. They teach the younger scouts how to create a balanced and healthy menu for their camp out.