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    Nothing Going On At Meetings

    I was SPL for 2 years but I am no longer. It seems to me that lately at all the meeting absolutely nothing happens. The monthy themes ( including Merit badges, etc,) are being totally ignored. Everyone just sits, goofs off and talks all meeting. This begins at around 7 ( meeting are supposed to start then) then our SM tells the new SPL to start the meeting at around 7:15 and then it starts, but it goes back to goofing off and talking until game time comes around. None of the games are scout skill related. My main goals when I became SPL were to advance scouts and to have patrols.Neither of these things have continued These meeting seem like a waste of time to me. The only time stuff gets done is if adults remind them. Patrols are never used anymore. Is is very disapioting to me to see this happening. I am wondering how to go about bringing these issues up with out offending people especially since I am no longer in the PLC. This is really upsetting me. alot of new scouts are not staying on our troop and have dropped scouts, and it seems some of my biggest accomplishments as SPL have been un-done. Any ideas on how I may go about changing this situation?
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    Scout Camp Latrines

    What is this? Flush toilets? showers in site?? When we go camping we have latrines and we have a shower building which is open-style and it seems okay. We do not have running water in our sites. We have a pump, but thankfully it isnt too deep only about 10 pumps till water comes. Unlike the camp we goto in the fall. at our site at the bottom of a steep hill we have a spring to get water from. At the top, it takes around 60 pumps to get the water even to start flowing.
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    Nothing Going On At Meetings

    My Troop has a policy that you cannot become Junior assistant Scoutmaster until you earn your eagle. There are only about 8 scouts that actively attend which is why it isnt total chaos without using patrols. I would just like to see\ be involved in things actually happening in meetings. That is what drives me crazy.
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    How to deal with scouts

    i am spl of my troop. all the members of my troop (except me and one other inactive scout) are 6th graders. They can not stay focused, 4 out of nine of them have A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. and i feel like I am trying to run a daycare center of 2nd graders rather that a scout troop. I have gone to classes at the concil and learned techniquies to deal with add and adhd but they dont work. the patrol leaders and my ASPL are both just as bad as the rest of them. when i am trying to deal with one situation another always arises. What should i do?
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    How to deal with scouts

    Also, Many of the adults that assist with our troop JLTC also are involved with leading the Council one. I only tell them suggestions after things "fail". I ask them things like " ok, so what do we need to do" and things like that, to get them thinking and explain to them why this is important after asking them why they think it is. Although i dont neccessarily interupt activities to do these things.
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    should I be SPL again?

    What things should i consider in deciding whether to take the job of SPL again?
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    Getting scouts to be quiet at night

    I am SPL of my troop and our troop has problems being quiet and sleeping and everyone suffers. Any suggestions?
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    The Patrol Method

    What is the purose of a new scout patrol? we have a small troop (9 active scouts) and we have 2 patrols and we have mixed the old and new scouts so the new scouts learn from the older. seems to work well...
  9. I am thinking about how to conduct the yearly program planning. We have all younger scouts that have problem staying on task. they can barely make it though a 15 min PLC. any ideas to keep them involved and on task? I am thinking of first listing activities we want to see in our troop in the next year and voting on 12. then voting on 12 monthly themes. Then maybe deciding which ones are practical. then putting activities to dates. In the past the troop has never been able to stay on task and finish on 4 nights (90min each) and the SPL has planned the year. I dont want this. What about seeing how fast we are going and adding a saturday planinng session if needed?
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    What are some activites I can do in my troop ( im SPL) to build scouting spirit. One thing that has been suggested by my SM is to have every1 involved and make a catapult and launch water ballons at him. Any others?
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    One of the asm's in my troop took a "negative reinforcement approach" to teamwork and it didnt stick and he just made everyone angry. he would watch how things were going and everytime he saw someone not working as a team he would issue what he called a strike. 3 strikes equalled 1 out, witch meant that the troop was "grounded" for 15 min during free time when activites were open throughout camp. He then would police the site and count each piece of garbage he found as a strike. At one piont he was actually digging in the dirt under the table for crumbs. He annoyed me and several other troop members. Any ideas that would actually work?
  12. only one patrol leader member of our 2 patrols and 6 scouts are Going to our weeklong summer camp. Is it fair to have that one patrol leader responsible for scouts not in his patrol?
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    A question for junior leaders

    I am SPL and i am fully responsible for camp setup. We usually just set up tents around the edges of camp, or in groups facing eachother by patrol
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    Getting scouts to be quiet at night

    The problem with talking after lights out is that no matter how soft they talk, they will always be heared. Even in tents. I usually allow talking on the last night of a weeklong camp though, unless it i loud. The talking in cabins usually begins when a scout says they have to go to the latrine, or sum1 is shaking thier bad, etc. An adult in my troop has told me they have suffered and it is not their job to make them listen, it is mine. I asked him why he was there then.
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    Patrol Leader Council

    In my troop, the last monday of every month me have a 15-25 min PLC. We disuss old business, the patrol leaders report on their patrols, we plan the next months mettings, and any events
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    How to deal with scouts

    Our troop does a JLTC training campout every sprin. My ASPL was selected by me and he is the best one out of all of them. I have a game before mettings and and the end every night. The two patrol leaders cant stay focused either and i feel like I shouldnt have to constantly remind them what they should be doing
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    ADHD Problem

    Thanks for the advice. It worked Well. I am SPL in a troop where 4 of 11 active members have either add or adhd.
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    Smoking and campouts

    The adults in my troop frequently smoke near scouts. Me, Being an Asmatic, am annoyed by this. It causes me to have asthma problems. My Question is this; is there are BSA regulations About adults smoking by scouts? Also, If you know of any BSA books that mention the topic, please mention them. Thanks
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    Im going crazy as SPL!!!

    I am SPL in my troop. We have a small troop, about 7 active members. 5 have ADHD. They goof-off, never listen to me, and one of them is a patrol leader and doesnt do his job at all and just fools around. My Adults in my troop think it should be boy-lead so dont help out much. There is no other person in my troop that could be SPL. My ASPL is pretty worthless. I need help on getting them to do what their supposed to and listen. I have tried several different approaches. At night they never stop talking and fooling around, while everyone suffers. then the adults yell at me because i am supposed to keep them quiet. I have punished them in many ways including, latrine duty, getting up early, have a SM going over scout oath and law for a long time, and even making them get up earlier. Our troop is suffering. Please help!!!!
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    Smoking and campouts

    Thanks for all your help. Wish me luck at mondays metting
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    Uniform Inspections

    I am SPL and I conduct a monthly UI.( uniform inspection) I only require them to have fixed hair, tied shoes, uniform and patches placed properly, and blue jeans or scout pants. I do not allow not in uniform scouts ( depending on what the uniform problem is) participate in the game I plan every meeting. Also, anyone know of a site with nice simple scout games???
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    Senior Patrol Leader problems

    I know how you feel. I am 14 and was recently elected SPL. 25% of the scouts listen, the others look at me and say no. The biggest help was my SM. I talked to him and he has greatly helped enforce my policies. Also, let your ASPL help out. Make him take some of the load.