Mölkky (pronounced mulkey) is a Finnish game reminiscent of kyykkä, a centuries-old form of skittles. Mölkky is easy to learn, and can be played indoors or out. The pins and throwing stick for mölkky can be made from tree limbs or sticks approximately 2 1/2″ in diameter. Players throw a stick (also called “mölkky”) at pins marked with numbers from 1 […]
Podcast 242 -Campaign, Conduct, Camping, & Content
Campaigning, Conduct, Camping (with Webelos), and Content of troop meetings. Listen to my answer to the question: should we be teaching Scouts conflict resolution? (spoiler- yes and no!) In addition we’ll discuss campaigning for youth leadership elections, what standards apply to Webelos camping with troops, and whether or not merit badge instruction is the right content […]
Stuck in the Troop Meeting Rut?
Like Hannibal Smith “I love it when a plan comes together” and I think planning is an important skill, but the repetition of the same plan, over and over again, can wear a rut in the floor. Somewhere in the dim, dark past the Troop meeting plan was created; preopening 10 minutes, opening 5 minutes, instruction 20 minutes, […]
Scoutmaster Podcast 203 – Merit Badges at Meetings?
Sponsored By ScoutmasterCG.com Backers Scoutmaster Podcast 203 In this podcast we share thoughts on merit badges at Troop meetings, an email question on Troop elections and crickets in the mailbag! Links Podcast Archive Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Listen to this episode (00:20:16) Apple PodcastsGoogle […]
The Family Scheduler
Parents (especially mothers in my experience) are the family scheduler; keeper of the family calendar and maker of schedules. We need a direct, accessible and detailed line of communication with parents (again, in my experience, especially mothers) if we expect to have Scouts attending outings and meetings. Shouldn’t the Scouts themselves be responsible for this? Shouldn’t they know their own schedule […]
Troop Meeting Plans
Some of us spend an inordinate amount of time worrying over the entertainment quality of troop meetings. Some of us are actually running the meetings – this is a big no no. A Troop meeting is not a television show hosted by the Scoutmaster. Here’s some thoughts from an old Scoutmaster’s Handbook on Inquiry.net As the […]
Every so often we dedicate one Troop meeting to inter-patrol games; an evening of skill, spirit and leadership competition. These evenings are designed to be very loud, continuously active and, as a result, are tremendously popular with the Scouts. The Scoutmaster must maintain a brisk pace as the evening proceeds to keep up the excitement and […]