2. First Troop Meeting
11 FIRST TROOP MEETING
(As an object lesson in the importance , of long term planning by the Court of Honor, the boys should be asked to regard this Troop Meeting as one of a series based on the theme " Second Class Training and Revision.")
Flagbreak (by the Duty Patrol Leader).
The Patrol Leader should bring his Patrol to the alert when the Inspecting Scouter approaches and salute on their behalf. The Scouter's attitude should be friendly without being hearty. Without being over critical, ne should be ready to comment on any general laxity in the wearing of, uniform, badges, and insignia, and particularly in the bearing and deportment of the boys. If he can find room for commendation, so much the better. His comments should be general and in no case directed at any particular individual and should be offered to the Patrol Leader (or Patrol Leaders) rather than to the Patrol or Troop direct.
At the conclusion of the Scouter's visit to the Patrol, the~ Patrol Leader should salute and stand his Patrol at ease.
Hand Signals :
Whistle Signal :
I , I I Orcle Game :
See "' Smartness in Scouting."
(" Leaders come here " see SCOUTING FOR BOYS C.F. Yarn 7).
Patrol Relay Game :
Patrols in Action " :
See Circle Games
See Relay Games
In all games and activities the general practice should be to pass instructions through the Patrol Leader
A series of 'snap instructions will be issued in quick succession to the Patrol Leaders and they must organize their Patrols to carry them out as quickly and efficiently as possible, e.g.
1. " In one minute from now a fairly bulky article will be handed to you at the North end of the Troop Room (or field of operation) and must be transported by a static human chain the maximum distance in the quickest time."
2. " Build a human pyramid using all the members of your Patrol so that the top man can send a simple semaphore message over an eight foot brick wall."'
3. " Without using knots, bends, or hitches, connect six knotting ropes together to make the longest. possible line."
(Note: One way of doing this would be to link ropes together by turning the ends back and slipping the standing part through the lay of the rope.)
Scouter's Instruction :
How to construct a trestle (layout of spars, position of clove hitches only).
Patrol Corners :
4. Organize your Patrol so that when signal,': is given all the following tasks may be carried out simultaneously
(a) Set a I " O.S. Map with the compass provided.
(b) Put a bandage on your left knee.
(c) Make a tripod with three staffs and a bowline.
(d) Demonstrate the fireman's carry.
(e) Treat yourself for severe nose bleeding."
Trestle building with Scout staffs and sisal.
(Note: While this is in progress, with the Seconds in command, the Patrol Leaders should be called out and asked to arrange an obstacle course either in or out of doors for the Chariot Race which follows.)
Patrol Competition Chariot Race :
Patrols race or are timed round the obstacle course, the Patrol Leaders acting as charioteers.
At this stage, the tradition of giving the winning Patrol the Troop " cheer " should be introduced, with a courteous reply from the winners.
Yarn : " Leading and Following " :
Scout discipline is based on mutual respect between individuals the respect of the leader for those he is expected to lead, and the respect of the followers for their leader.
Leading and following are equally difficult. Most of us are rugged individualists by instinct, but don't always find it easy to organize ourselves (let alone other people) and are inclined to resent any attempt by other people to organize our lives or activities for us. But to be a follower is a dignified and honorable vocation if the cause we follow is worthwhile. As Patrol Leaders our job is to convince our chaps by example that we are worth following and by our own
attitude to Scouting, that the cause we follow is worthwhile.
Demonstration Investiture Ceremony
To show the place of the Patrol Leader in the ceremony and emphasize his responsibility for the new Scout.
(Note : It is a matter of some importance that the demonstration ' should be correct in 'every detail and in accordance with the procedure laid down in SCOUTING FOR hO YS C.F. Yarn 3. Everyone participating in the demonstration should~ be well briefed in advance, and without departing from the essential simplicity of the ceremony, every care should he taken to make it as dignified and impressive as possible.)
Scouter's Notices (if any).
(Note : On Courses where boys are drawn from' different denominations, or religions, corporate prayer should be voluntary, and an opportunity. for withdrawal should be given. In such cases, however, the understanding should be that the boys withdraw in order to carry out private devotions elsewhere.)
Flagdown (by the Duty Patrol Leader). Dismiss.
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Last modified: August 20, 2012.