Standard Meeting Opening Script
The opening ceremony for a Troop meeting is important to the proper conduct of the entire meeting. The tone of the opening ceremony carries over to the rest of the meeting. If SPL and Patrol Leaders set a good standard of discipline and respect at the beginning of the meeting, the Scouts will be more likely to contribute to the success of the entire meeting.
Preopening. During the preopening, the SPL and ASPL should spend their time directing Patrol Leaders and Scouts in various tasks to get ready for the meeting. One patrol or senior Scout should be assigned to organize the color guard and make sure that flag stands or flag ropes are in place and ready. Others may be used to prepare for various meeting activities. The SPL should also be sure that those Scouts who are going to be called on for outing reports and announcements are ready to present.
This concludes the formal part of the opening. At this point, the SPL will have the attention of the Scouts and can move on to the following parts of the meeting including the inspection, outing reports and announcements. If, at any point in the meeting the SPL does not feel that he has the undivided attention of the Scouts, he should stop talking, put up the Scout sign and wait until the entire Troop has put up the sign and restored order before proceeding.
See Troop Meeting Plan for the standard agenda for the entire meeting.