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  • Your most interesting SMC question

    Well 2 days and I am SM....Looking for your favorite SMC question. How about your least?? Most reveling question????

  • #2
    I always ask if there's anything going on in the troop that bothers them or they don't like. Every once in a while something interesting comes out.

    For the Tendefoot Scouts I always go over what is expected of them for their BOR. Some seem to worry about that.

    I'm sure you'll do great. Good Luck!
    (This message has been edited by Eagle732)

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    • #3
      Tell me the scout slogan.
      What was yours today?

      All the best for you and the boys!

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      • #4
        I like the 3-up / 3-down question myself...

        What was the last Troop outing you attended besides a Troop meeting?

        What are 3 things you liked about the outing and what are 3 things you would change / improve if you had the chance to do the outing over?

        Another insightful question is... What things bother you the most about the troop? If you were SM, how would you change that?

        I guess a view the SMC mostly about how the lad is getting on in the Troop and what he would change if he was in charge. Gives a good deal of feedback AND gives me insight into a scout's line of thinking and often gives a pretty good picture of what (if any) level of youth leadership he is ready for.

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        • #5
          Do you have a Facebook page, twitter account, etc

          If I reviewed them, would I know you are a scout?

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          • #6
            Do you think the Troop has a bullying problem?

            (Mixed Age Patrols)How do the older boys treat the younger boys? (from all ages--wow the feedback we get)

            What is your favorite computer game? (they will not stop talking)

            Do you like camping?

            How is the boy leadership doing?

            (all second hand from talks with SM)

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            • #7
              OGE I like that.....


              But facebook has a 13 year old minimum......

              Would an appropriate follow up to ask a scout younger than 13 if he thought it was ok to violate the terms of service, or lie about his age???

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              • #8

                What can the Patrol/Troop do better?

                Followed by

                How can you help to make that happen?

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                • #9
                  If you were scoutmaster, what is the first change you would implement in the troop?

                  If you were a new scout coming into the troop, do you think you would feel welcome?

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                  • #10
                    After they've been beaten over the head with in middle school by PSAs, DARE, etc. I ask potential 2nd Class candidates if drugs are bad and the universal answer I get is "yes." I then ask if they or their parents or siblings have ever been given drugs by a doctor, nurse or their own parents. Usually the answer is yes and I ask them if that is bad. "No", is the answer I get. I'm not trying to down play the dangers of drug abuse but I want them to begin to start thinking about their responses not just parrot back what they've been taught.

                    ,i>Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family, and explain the dangers of substance addictions.

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                    • #11
                      I used to do Start, Stop, Continue with a limited amount of success. Now I "require" every scout to bring at least one Troop, Patrol and/or adult leader complaint to their SMC.

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                      • #12
                        Why are you wasting everyone's time? Followed directly by: What's the Scout Motto?

                        Stosh

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                        • #13
                          Not a question but the most interesting comment I got from a scout was from an eleven year old going for Second Class who told me I was "adding to the requirements"!

                          Wonder where that came from?

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                          • #14
                            >>OGE I like that.....

                            But facebook has a 13 year old minimum......

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                            • #15
                              Hmmmm, how the world has changed. Twitter/Facebook account? My mom always would ask: "Is what you are doing something that's going to look bad for you if it shows up on the front page of the local newspaper?" Heck, you can be 8 years old and understand how that works. I don't know what one would compare that to in today's electronic world.

                              Stosh

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