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Training Meeting

THEME: Patrol Meetings

Preliminary Reading Assignments:

For Scoutmaster and adult leaders:

Scoutmaster Handbook (Hillcourt's Fourth Edition)

Chapter 6: "Planning for the Month"
Chapter 7: "The Patrol Carries On"

For Patrol Leaders:

Handbook for Patrol Leaders (Hillcourt's 1950s Edition)

Chapter V: "Patrol Meetings"


bulletPaper and pencils.
bulletCopy of Patrol Record Book.
bulletMaterials for neckerchief slides.
bulletMaterial as required for games selected.


(a) Opening Ceremony:  Divide Patrol up into buddies. Have four teams in turn put on one of the opening ceremonies.  Take a quick vote for most effective ceremony, the best to be used at future meetings.

(b) Business Period:  Treasurer collects "dues," Scribe makes attendance notations in his Patrol Record Book then reads the minutes of previous meeting from Patrol Log Book.  Corrections are made if necessary, a motion is made and seconded to have minutes adopted, and proper vote is taken. (This procedure should be followed at all Training Meetings.) Following this, the different Patrol jobs are rotated to next boys in line, as decided at First Training Meeting (h). Brief report from each Patrol Leader of his use of items learned at last training meeting in his Patrol.

(c) Scoutcraft Instruction:  in the form of PROJECTS. Have Assistant Scoutmasters and Junior Assistants in turn stage the four first aid projects: 1. Arterial Bleeding of forearm, 2. Sprained ankle, 3. Broken arm, 4. Carbon monoxide suffocation. In each instance, make use of a buddy team while the rest watch. After each project discuss first aid method used.

(d) Work Period:  Brief discussion of work projects that may be undertaken by a Patrol during its meetings such as making of camping equipment, decorating Den, making various handicraft items, repairing toys as Patrol Good Turn, and so on. Have each member list the items discussed in his notebook. As a specific project, each boy makes a neckerchief slide (have a variety of materials on hand: leather scrap, bone, horn, thin rope, etc.).

(e) Scoutcraft Games:  Use a couple of Scout Games such as Object Hunt, Kim's Game, The Peddler, Compass Facing with each member of the Training Patrol on his own, or divide the Patrol into two teams, and try Knot Hoop Relay, Newspaper Study, Height Judging (of objects in the room).

(f) Planning: Planning: Make a quick analysis of the features of a Patrol Meeting as described in the Patrol Leaders' Handbook, indicating at the same time how closely the Training Meeting has followed the suggestions given there for Business, Instruction Work, Planning, Recreation, Ceremonies. Then go through the details of an effective Planning Period: Making plans for future meetings, hikes, camps, equipment making, money earning, Good Turns, special stunts for Troop get-togethers.

(g) Recreation:

1. Games: Indian Hand Wrestling, Indian Leg Wrestling, Hand Slap, Slap Jack. If time is short, run game, as indicated in First Training Meeting, only until the Scouts have learned its features. then shift to another.

2. Tall Story Contest. 

3. A couple of yells.

(h) Closing Ceremony: Try a couple of the closing ceremonies, then vote for one to be used at future sessions







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