Thursday, 10 April 2008

Meeting Review

Troop 1616 After Meeting Review
April 8, 2008
This one is late because i got home late tuesday night and wednesday I just couldn't get myself to putting together information on tuesday's meeting. The major news for this meeting is that the SPL for Troop 1616 has taken a extended leave of absence until the date of April 31, 2008. I as the JASM decided that I would allow this extended leave of absence if the SPL decided to continue his term all the way up to summer camp which is the very late june to early july. It takes place on the week of July 4. Half the reason why I decided to do this was because I felt like the SPL needed to learn more about leadership in order for him to have a basic understanding of what leadership is about. The first major area that he accomplished is running and executing activities, which he performs at the expected level for the standard SPL, the area that the SPL needs to work in is meeting and activity planning. In order to complete this training I felt it was necessary due to the absence to extend the term. Normally I would not have extended a term that I and the person agreed to but I feel that this is the best decision I can make for the Troop.

Now lets actually move on to how the meeting went. It could have had a more formal discussion on appropriate camping gear for the upcoming campout but I feel that the less formal you can make a presentation to the scouts the better off you are going to be because if it is too formal it sounds like school but if it is too informal then it is not purposeful and is ignored by the members of your unit. My big thing was making sure that the new scouts got ideas for what to pack, I will be able to see how they did at the next meeting next week when the unit is having pack inspections. We accomplished the meal plans for the outing which was also important. Two things that I will need to cover next week our probably bear safety for the new scouts and the other will be leave no trace principles with the whole entire unit.

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

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