Earlier I posted my opinion that the PLC is for the boys and that the only adult who attends is the Scoutmaster, and not members of the troop committee or parents.
Recently, a post to the Scouting Magazine blog touched on this topic, where one of the parents (who also happened to be the Committee Chair) stated that the Scoutmaster told her she was not welcome at the PLC meeting, and she felt this was in violation of the “no secret meetings” policy of the BSA. Continue reading “Adults and the PLC, revisited”
By now, every unit should have filed its annual Centennial Quality Unit report for 2009 and forecast for 2010. In 2007, when the CQU program replaced the old Quality Unit, the due dates were changed from being coincidental with the charter renewal. The report may be submitted beginning October 31 but is due by December 31. Continue reading “Quality Unit: What’s in it for them?”
Last night at Roundtable, one of our participants got off on a tangent about the advancement process in her troop. Remarking that it took her son, an ambitious go-getter, three years to make First Class, she mentioned that it was because the Scoutmaster was very particular about just which Scouts were allowed to sign off on advancements, there were no opportunities for advancements to be completed at camp or troop meetings, and she’d end up driving him to other boys’ houses to get things signed off. Many other boys were in the same situation and it seemed that the Scoutmaster took some delight in making the boys struggle. We were talking about another topic when she brought this up, but I got to thinking about a response. Continue reading “What’s a Parent to Do?”
In many troops, there is an ongoing battle, or maybe just a misunderstanding, about exactly who is responsible for what. Without getting into the line between what is an adult function and what is a youth responsibility, I’m referring to committee and program functions and how sometimes the lines get blurred. Continue reading “Which Lane are You In?”
When boys cross over from a pack to a troop, they usually stay the course if they stick with it for the first year or so. There are lots of strategies for keeping them interested once they’ve crossed over. Continue reading “Keeping Boys Interested”