This week, Troop 60 began learning about the game of chess. Koda, as instructor, taught the scouts the history, benefits and strategy of the game. He reviewed the chess pieces, their moves, scoring and stages of the game.
As Patrol Leader, Noah discussed the importance of physical fitness and the various forms exercise can take and encouraged scouts to continue their work toward their physical challenge of logging 30 minutes of activity per day 5 days a week for 4 weeks. This is part of the requirement for rank advancement to second class.
…to keep myself physically strong…
On Saturday scouts served the community by volunteering at the Cane River Food Pantry, assisting families in need during difficult times and in time for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
….to help other people at all times…
Troop 60 got creative and had a virtual Court of Honor this week. Scouts had surprise packages delivered with merit badges and awards included. We celebrated with a presentation which highlighted the scouts’ accomplishments and journey so far this year.
You can download the attached power point presentation. Once you download the document, open it and select slideshow, start from beginning and then click enter. Enjoy!
Troop 60 Court of Honor celebration
Surprise Court of Honor packages
Troop 60 met virtually again last night and had a very productive meeting. Scouts discussed lessons learned from the interview with Chris Paige, parish council member.
The troop then completed requirements for discussions of a movie assignment in which a citizen or group of citizens can have a positive affect on a community. The movies ranged from Wonder Woman to Angry Birds and all between. The lessons shared included incidents of people standing up for others at their own expense, that people can change for the betterment of the community over self. Some described people who stopped to help everyone, no matter how little or helped communities that were not their own. Stories were shared of teachers and coaches making a difference in the lives of students and students in the lives of teachers and peers. Excellent lessons about how an individual can make a difference.
Troop 60 discussed different charitable organizations and will research one that they are interested in and present their findings and experiences in volunteering next week.
Scouts selected a Class B uniform. Ordering information will be sent to parents soon.
Troop 60’s newest Patrol is officially the Flaming Poptarts. They met virtually yesterday and worked as a group, lead by Troop instuctor, Koda Deblieux to decide on a name, a yell, a flag and an emblem.
In an effort to comply with social distancing and help lower the curve, Troop 60 has been meeting virtually through Zoom for the past three weeks. We have been working on the Public Health Merit badge on Thursday evenings and working on scout and tenderfoot rank advancement requirements on Saturday mornings.
This week scouts continued to learn about diseases that impact public health and did presentations on Zika virus, influenza, botulism, syphilis, West Nile virus, meningitis and also learned about emphysema and hepatitis.
As part of the requirement for the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge, Troop 60 interviewed Natchitoches Parish Council Member Chris Paige.
Scouts learned about the role of the parish council and the responsibilities of the council members. They asked Mr. Paige several questions regarding the position including the best and worse parts of the job and why he chose to run for the position. They discussed the controversy of giving local corporations tax exempt status. They asked about existing programs for the parishes’ underprivileged. And they asked Mr Paige some personal questions about his hobbies and history with scouts. It was a very good learning experience. Troop 60 appreciates Councilman Paige taking the time to meet with them and helping them grow in their knowledge of local government.
Scouts elect their Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leaders.
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leaders, Instructor, Librarian, Quartermaster, and OA Rep can advocate to be selected by the SPL and PL when they organize Troop leadership.
Election is by secret ballot, counted by the Scoutmaster and Advancement Chair, who also break any tie vote. Once elected, the newly-elected SPL chooses an Assistant SPL, and they with two PLs will convene to organize the troop into two patrols and fill necessary positions, which will be the leadership structure through Summer Camp 2020.
The SPL appoints the assistant senior patrol leader, who works closely with the senior patrol leader to help the troop move forward and serves as acting senior patrol leader when the senior patrol leader is absent. Among the ASPL’s specific duties are to train and provide direction to the troop quartermaster, scribe, historian, librarian, instructors, and Order of the Arrow representative. An ASPL is not a member of a patrol but participates fully in all activities.
To be considered for one of these positions, you must be an active participant in our meetings and outings and commit to attending at least 75% of upcoming troop activities so the patrols can count on your leadership. You will have one minute to tell the troop why you should be elected to the leadership position you are running for, prior to the secret ballot, so prepare a brief speech about why you are a wise choice for a leadership position and how you will help your Troop and patrol.
After the newly elected SPL, ASPL, and PLs organize the troop into patrols, additional leadership positions are assigned:
Koda Deblieux: Senior Patrol Leader and Instructor. Noah Martinez: Patrol Leader. Bo Brazil: Quartermaster.
The senior patrol leader is the top leader of the troop. With guidance from the Scoutmaster, SPL takes charge of troop meetings, the patrol leaders’ council, and troop activities, and does everything possible to help each patrol be successful. SPL is responsible for annual program planning conferences and assists the Scoutmaster in conducting troop leadership training. SPL presides over the patrol leaders’ council and works closely with each patrol leader to plan troop meetings and make arrangements for troop activities. An SPL is not a member of a patrol but participates fully in all activities.
The Instructor is both a leader and a mentor. Instructor should be an older scout who holds at least the First Class rank and can work well with younger scouts, helping patrol leaders to provide direction, coaching, and support to scouts working toward First Class within each patrol.
The patrol leader is the top leader of a patrol. The PL plays a key role in planning, leading, and evaluating patrol meetings and activities and prepares the patrol to participate in all troop activities. The PL learns about the abilities of other patrol members and fully involves them in patrol and troop activities by assigning them specific tasks and responsibilities. The PL encourages patrol members to complete requirements and sets a good example by continuing in personal advancement.
The Quartermaster is responsible for maintaining Troop equipment, keeping track of what is in the trailer, equipment condition, and requesting replacements or maintenance from the adult leadership committee when needed.
The OA Representative must be a member of OA. The OA Rep communicates with OA members about outings, service, and other OA events. The OA rep also encourages non-OA members to meet OA requirements and helps organize OA elections when scouts qualify for OA.
The Librarian is responsible for maintaining the Troop library, keeping track of checked-out books and ensuring they are returned promptly and in good condition. The Librarian can also request the purchase of new Troop books with approval of the adult leadership committee.
The assistant patrol leader is selected by the Patrol Leader and leads the patrol in the PL’s absence.
As we face the global COVID-19 pandemic, Troop 60 is doing their part to comply with social distancing and to help flatten the curve. For three weeks we have met remotely and are having virtual meetings through Zoom.
Scouts have been awesome and have quickly adjusted to this new meeting format. This week scouts researched and presented information on diseases that impact public health. Bo presented on West Nile virus, Grace on Zika Virus, Allen on Influenza, Koda on botulism, Austin on syphilis, and Jacob Smith on meningitis.
In addition, scouts have been working on meeting the requirements for scout and tenderfoot rank advancement. Koda Deblieux, Troop 60 Instructor, taught the requirements for Totin Chip, taught the Patrol Method and led the newest patrol in choosing a name, yell, emblem and flag.