TROOP 45 PARENTS NIGHT
24 October 01
Set up Chairs, front table, and podium
Power Point Setup
Color Guard Prep
Prepare to file in (no sitting before the opening, ASPL in charge at rear of hall)
(front and center, make Sign)
"Ladies and Gentlemen, please take your seats."
(wait for parents to sit)
(Troop files in and takes its place standing. ASPL Leading.)
"Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the American flag."
"Troop, Attention. Color guard, post the colors"
(Color guard posts the colors)
"Scout Salute. I pledge..."
"Scout Sign. On my honor..."
"Color Guard, dismissed"
(Color guard retreats)
"Please be seated"
WELCOME (7:20) Steve: "Good evening, everyone. Thank you for joining us for parents night this evening. To begin our program tonight, I would like to introduce Troop Committee Chairman, Mr. Collins."
TCC: (Welcoming remarks)
SPL: "Thank you Mr. Collins. We usually have announcements. Are there any announcements?"
Scouting for Food (Will) – 9 AM in old hospital parking lot. OA needed to help at the armory.
Description of phone tree and emergency preparedness requirements (Greg B.)
Spencer runs on "stage", yelling that his head was split open. Two scouts collect band-aids, and proceed to cover Spencer's head with them so that he can't even see.
OUTING REPORTS (7:30)
SPL: "We've had a busy summer. Tonight we'd like to share with you some of what we've been doing. So for your viewing pleasure, Greg has prepared a multi-media presentation on some of the outings we've been on this summer. First up, is
Will to talk about Camp Bell
Next is Carl to talk about Mt Katahdin and Baxter State Park
Next is Christian to talk about the White River canoe trip
Next is Russell to talk about Capps Ridge
Next is Oli Simpson to talk about the Fall Camporee
And last is Carl Hoge to talk about the National Jamboree
Thank you all for your reports, and thank-you Greg for the enjoyable presentation."
PATROL CORNERS (7:50)
SPL: "Every Wednesday night we have an activity that we call Patrol Corners. During Patrol corners, the patrols work together to accomplish a task or meet a goal. This month, one of our themes has been pioneering; stuff you do and build with ropes and spars. Tonight, we’re going to further your education and practice in knot tying; one of the fundamental Scout skills used in pioneering work. At this time, I will describe this activity and then the three patrol leaders, Greg, Spencer and Chris, will take you to your respective corners for the activity."
SPL reads Knotty Parent exercise and then instructs patrol leaders to come forward to receive their instructions and to take charge of their patrols.
SPL and ASPL visit each patrol to make sure the exercise is going well.
When most patrols and parents have finished, SPL puts up the sign and announces "Please return to your seats."
SCOUTMASTER'S REPORT (8:15)
SPL: "I'd now like to introduce our Scoutmaster, Mr. Hoge, for his Scoutmaster's report."
SM: Scoutmaster's Report. After the Scoutmasters report and thanks to adult helpers, Mr. Hoge will turn the program back over to the SPL..
COURT OF HONOR (8:20)
SPL: "Thank you Mr. Hoge. At this point, in the program we will have our Court of Honor. Our Court of Honor tonight will be conducted by our Scoutmaster, Mr. Hoge, and by the Chairman of the Board of Review, Mr. Thompson. Mr.Collins, would you please open our Court of Honor?"
TCC: "By the authority vested in me by the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America, I declare this Court of Honor open for the purpose of recognizing the achievements of the Scouts of Troop 45."
SM: "Thank you Mr. Collins. I would like to introduce our Troop Advancement Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Review, Mr. Roger Thompson."
SM: "Before Mr. Collins closes the Court of Honor, I'd like to thank all the parents and committee members who have served on the monthly sessions of the Board of Review over the past six months."
TCC: "I now declare this Court of Honor officially closed. Congratulations to all who have worked to earn the awards presented this evening."
SPL: "Before we close, I'd like to introduce Mr. Hoge for the the Scoutmaster's Minute."
SM: (Scoutmaster's Minute)
"Please rise for the closing ceremony."
"Scout Sign... A Scout is trustworthy, ...."
"Everyone is invited to join us for our closing Circle of
SPL: And now may the great Scoutmaster….
Aims of Scouting are to develop character, citizenship training, and physical and mental fitness. Every Scout activity should move Scouts towards these aims
Character encompasses personal qualities, values and outlook. Character is what you do when no one is looking. Citizenship is living and working among other people in a troop, community, nation or world with rules based on the common good. Physical and mental fitness include things like staying physically fit, healthy exercise, being mentally alert, solving problems and rejecting things like illegal drugs.
I would like to report on how we are progressing in those directions.
Will talked about Camp Bell. We took 14 Scouts to Camp Bell and lived, worked and played in two patrols.
Those patrols produced every meal that they ate by working together, making decisions about how to prepare things, sharing the work of hauling, cooking and cleanup. Citizenship – living in a group with rules based on the common good. Mental fitness – solving problems and making logical decisions.
Greg, Michael, Brendan, Spencer, Peter R. and Oli spent a day at the Bell Farm working on farm mechanics merit badge. The program was pretty low tech. Requirement: Repair broken or worn farm machinery. Sand paper and wire brushes vs a rusty hay rake. The hottest day of the summer. Positive attitude, everyone pitching in, no complaints. Character – a positive attitude, team work.
Chris, William H-F, Robert, Paul, Andrew, Nick, Will D. and Peter O. spent a day in the Patrol Challenge activity. Team building exercises, confidence building events, and a giant obstacle course. Character – confidence that one can trust his buddies to catch him, respectful of and helpful towards another Scout who may not be as big and strong or as small and agile.
Wednesday afternoon. We’ve had three and a half days of non-stop activity. No time on the sofa, no afternoon naps. We’re all a little tired and can begin to get on each other’s nerves. Character – respect for other people, saying things to yourself to see how they sound before you say them to someone else. Citizenship – doing a little bit more than your share of the chores just to help the rest of the community.
Last year we went to Camp Bell with suitcases and duffle bags. It took a tractor to get us to our camp site. This year we carried everything in back packs. Physical fitness – its way up hill from the parking lot to the camp site. Physical fitness – the camp site is at the top of the hill and the activities are at the bottom. Physical fitness – the camp site is at the top of the hill and the trading post is at the bottom. Physical fitness – the camp site is at the top of the hill had the showers are at the bottom. Is there a pattern here?
Back on the home front, the Troop has been busy with service projects. Jay and Matt lead Eagle projects involving hundreds of hours of volunteer service to the benefit of the Haven in WRJ and the community as a whole. Last weekend and next weekend we’ve been participating in Scouting for Food. Citizenship – be of service to others.
As you have seen tonight, the Troop operations are lead by the Scouts. Adults provide guidance, assistance, mentoring but the Scouts lead the activities. Last month we had elections in the Troop. In an orderly democratic process, free of violence, election scandal, or negative campaign ads, we elected and installed new leadership: Steve, Will H-F, Greg, Spencer, Chris and others are charged with leading the Troop. Citizenship – electing the leadership. Character development – learning to lead others, planning activities, being responsible for making things happen. Character development – being a good follower.
As you heard from other reports offered this evening, we’ve had a busy summer of activities, in places like Mt. Katahdin, the White River, Mt Jefferson and others. We’ve had lots of opportunities for fun, adventure, learning and practicing outdoor skills, opportunities to lead, opportunities to follow, and opportunities to be of service. So, I think I can report that that, yes, the Troop and its members are progressing quite well.
Now, I’d like to turn the program back over to the elected leadership of this organization so we can proceed with the court of honor.
Every Boy Scout rank from Second Class up to and including the Bronze, Gold and Silver Eagle Palms has one requirement in common. "Demonstrate Scout Spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life." Throughout our Scouting careers we wrestle with the definition of Scout spirit; its that illusive quality that sort of grows on you. People can tell if you’ve got it. You are fun to be with when you’ve got it and you’re showing it.
How can we tell if we’ve got Scout spirit? I would like to offer a simple method by which you can measure things to see if you’ve got scout spirit. It’s the "Give and Take" method.
We go through life doing a series of things that entail giving and taking. In every transaction you have, simply ask yourself, Am I giving more or taking more. If your Scout Spirit is working, then you will find yourself giving more than you take. If everyone gave more than they took, the world would be a better place. Lets look at some examples.
On a personal level: Two strangers both approach the entrance to Subway at the same time. One holds the door open and allows the other go in first and maybe throws in a cheerful "good afternoon." Who gave and who took in that exchange?
At home with parents or siblings, we may pitch in to get the work done around the house so there’s time later for relaxation or recreation. Doing your part without someone having to twist your arm is giving.
In the community, we take advantage of the many recreation opportunities that are available. We enjoy walking on paths or trails that may be available. We’re taking the benefit of those paths and trails. If we help out with Green Up Day or pitch in on some trail maintenance when volunteers are requested, we’re giving back.
We all take the services offered by the town and state governments and we give our taxes as required. But, if we serve on a town board or commission, or do some volunteer work to benefit the town, we’re giving a little bit more of ourselves.
We take advantage of the outings planned and organized by the Troop. By volunteering to plan and organize an outing, we’re giving a bit more than we’re taking.
We all take and enjoy the freedoms that come with living in the United States and we give our income tax every April 15th. By serving the country, be it a stint in government, time in the service, or whatever, we’re giving back just a little extra.
Giving a little more than you take is built right into the Scout Law. Traits like "helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful and brave" are the ways we have to give more than we take. Show your Scout spirit in your everyday lives; give more than you take.