It’s been said that the weekly troop meeting is the glue that holds a Boy Scout troop together. From beginning to end, there should always be something happening creating a focus, capturing and maintaining the Scouts’ attention, and providing the grounds for rewarding experiences. There should be a period set aside to learn new things that are useful and relevant, moments that are amusing and entertaining, and opportunities to put skills into action in ways that are challenging and fun. Troop members should leave the meeting feeling invigorated, feeling good about Scouting, and feeling good about themselves.
Key to making this happen is planning and preparation. The Patrol Leaders’ Council will find the Troop Meeting Planning Sheet to be an invaluable tool to keep the meeting organized and productive, and Program Features along with the Troop Program Resources website will serve as a useful source of specific troop meeting, program ideas.