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By Bill Nelson 

Some ideas from me (a Scoutmaster for 8 years now: we have a large troop):

1) Organization: make sure your meetings are well planned and you have a plan B when something doesn't work, or someone doesn't show up.

2) Make sure you have activities for each skill level (we have 3 programs going: less than 1st Class, 1st Class and above, and high adventure)

3) Make sure your meetings are preparation for your outings, and that you have a lot of outings. No one wants to attend another 1.5 hours of school at a Boy Scout meeting.

4) Survey your troop often and make sure you are doing what they want to do for activities and meetings (you'll get more feedback from the older guys, the younger ones will follow your lead easier)

5) Lay out the rules strongly and to everyone. Then follow up on what the repercussions are. Be fair and don't say your punishment is going to be something that you won't do. The guys will follow the rules if you make them clear up front.

6) Everyone wears Class A uniforms to meetings until behavior improves. Believe it or not, it works.

7) Don't meet in areas that are play areas (like gyms or playgrounds).

8) Go to your Council's Junior Leader Training conference for more ideas.

9) Visit other troops and talk with the SPLs there.

 

 

   

 

 


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