Communicating with Scouts
A fundamental principle of Scouting, and one that Troop 195 prides itself on, is developing and living a boy-led troop – striving to produce leadership and communication skills in scouts that will serve them well over the long run. The Scoutmaster and his Assistant Scoutmasters guide boy leaders – the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and his Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) – as they themselves lead the operation of the troop through their own communication and coordination of an Instructor Corp (a patrol of former patrol leaders and experienced scouts) and Patrol Leaders that lead patrols of 4-6 younger scouts. Patrols are the heart and soul of the Scouting program, and it is the responsibility of a Patrol Leader (who is typically an 8th or 9th grade boy), and their Assistant Patrol Leader, to communicate training and direction to each of the scouts in his patrol during camping trips and other troop activities. This level of communication and coordination is a big challenge for the boys, but it is also a critical set of skills to learn and develop as they progress through increasing responsibilities within the troop.
Communicating with Scout Parents
A primary responsibility of the Troop Committee is regular communication with scout parents. The Troop Committee consists of parents of scouts currently in the troop – the Committee Chair and the Secretary (responsible for Communications & Community), committee members responsible for the Advancement, Training & Development, and Camping programs, and the Treasurer. The Committee Chair and Secretary provide frequent communications – kicking off the troop year, publishing / updating the troop calendar, and delivering the troop newsletter that summarizes the highlights and upcoming events related to each of the troop programs. Scout Parents will receive program-specific communications from committee members.