There is a new website in town that aims to help Troops conduct organized and useful meetings. That website is: www.troopleader.org
Better troop meetings are a click away.
Troop Leader Resources — available at troopleader.org — is a new, BSA-authorized website that helps Scouts and Scouters plan better meetings.
With its videos of real Scouts in real troops, the site is a one-stop shop for new and experienced troop leaders.
Here are seven helpful things you’ll find there:
1. Troop meeting agendas
The Troop Meeting Agenda page breaks down each segment of the troop meeting plan with 11 short sample videos from actual troop meetings. There’s also a fillable troop meeting planning sheet, if the Patrol Leaders’ Council chooses to fill out meeting plans online.
2. Program features
Program Features is the site’s biggest section, presenting each of the 48 program features with explanatory information, ideas for troop meetings and ideas for monthly main events. Each page has its own navigation bar linking to corresponding program feature subsections.
3. Program resources
The Program Resources page contains Scout meeting activities, campcraft skill videos, troop ceremony ideas and a collection of Scoutmaster’s minutes.
4. Planning tips
The Planning page covers the annual and monthly planning process, including an illustrative video of an actual Patrol Leaders’ Council in action.
5. Training advice
The Training page covers both adult and youth training.
6. Outings ideas
The Outings page is a gateway of general information about camping equipment, troop site setup and camping trip activities.
7. General troop information
The General Troop Information page has topics relevant to running a troop. Each has its own page, covering topics like troop positions, the patrol, boards of review, courts of honor, fundraisers and the Scoutmaster conference.
Taken from Scouting Magazine Website - 2/9/2017
Here's your chance to see what it takes to be a Boy Scout and learn for your future piers in Scouting. Troop 967 is hosting a SCOUTING 101 camp out at Camp Friedlander on March 4th thru the 5th. Come join us as our Scouts become leaders.
Sign up here: Scouting 101 Registration
UPDATE: This has been postponed until April/May - after the crossing over of current Webelos.
This article was taken from Scouting Magazine - Jan/Feb 2015 Issue.
Is itor ? Here’s how you can help your troop’s youth leaders take charge.
Some Life Scouts race against the clock to earn the Eagle Scout award before they turn 18, including a handful who complete their board of review on the eve of their 18th birthday.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Dial down the drama of eleventh-hour Eagles with these five tips for helping Scouts reach Eagle with plenty of time to spare. The ideas were adapted from Mark Ray’s Scouting magazine article called “Game of Life to Eagle: Helping Scouts reach the finish line.” Find more great ideas there.
5. Set a target date.
Make sure the target dates are several months before the Scout turns 18.
The journey to Eagle isn’t easy. So it’s best taken one step at a time.
That’s why you suggest that Scouts concentrate on merit badges first and then the service project (or vice versa), so they won’t feel overwhelmed.
2. Finish the time-sensitive merit badges ASAP.
The Eagle-required Family Life, Personal Fitness and Personal Management merit badges have requirements that take several months.
Urge Scouts to get those time-sensitive requirements out of the way early.
Those requirements can’t be altered in any way, so a Life Scout starting on Family Life requirement 3 — “Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them for 90 days” — two months before he turns 18 would not be able to earn the Eagle Scout award.
1. Remember your role.
A basketball coach encourages and guides his players from the sidelines, but he doesn’t take the shots himself. Similarly, encouragement along the journey to Eagle Scout is fine — and preferable to not paying attention at all. But don’t take the shots for them.
And never work harder than the Scouts you’re working with. After all, they’re the ones who get the Eagle Scout badge once all requirements are completed — not you.
Make sure they’ve earned it.
The Klondike Derby is just around the corner. This has the potential for some to experience Winter Camping. Scouting Magazine recently ran an article about Winter Camping and provided some Tips and Tricks that will help you get the most out of this winter adventure!
To read the entire article, click on this link: http://scoutingmagazine.org/2015/12/winter-camping-tips/
As you may have seen, I've moved the PUBLIC links to the top of the page. I think this gives new users better access to the important information about our Troop!
You will also see that I've added a new link - Scout Leadership Positions. Our Scouts are either voted in to a role of leadership or are assigned specific position within Troop 967. If a scout or parent isn't sure what a specific positions job is, this link will help! In it, you will find all of the positions that count toward future advancement opportunities!
Young people didn’t join Scouting to participate in fundraisers. They joined to have fun, get outside and hang out with friends.
According to a recent news article in the Scouting Magazine, there is a significant change coming to Boy Scout Advancements in 2016!
The number of campouts will be doubled next year, as follows:
For scouts looking to get their First Class, that number has doubled from 3 up to 6 for 2016!
Please take a moment and read the following article for more information:
We've been working hard to find some suitable graphics to put on the trailer that would fit within the tight budget of our Troop. Several of our initial quotes came in well over $1000 dollars and we felt this money would be spent in better ways to support our Troop, as a whole.
Ultimately, we've agreed to move forward with a recent estimate from ClassB - the same vendor that we purchase our T-Shirts from. The order has been submitted to have graphics printed for both sides and the rear of the trailer that best represents who we are. It isn't EXACTLY what we wanted, but, we all felt of provides a great representation of the Troop. And, with a successful GoFundMe Campaign, we've been able to fund 90% of the total cost with donations! Thank you to those who who generously donated to the cause!
Here is a preview of what it will look like once all decals have been applied! Enjoy!
11/4 UPDATE: Graphics have been delivered. I will bring them to the meeting tonight.