PLC Training: Opening Ceremony Ideas #2

These are the second in a series of Opening Ceremony ideas for Planning a Troop Meeting, please also see:

United States Flag Openings

1. The troop is in single-rank formation. The flag is carried to the front; the patrol leader of the honor guard patrol leads the troop in the Pledge of Allegiance: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

2. The troop is formed by patrols in two lines facing each other. The flag is marched up the aisle between the lines, with the Scouts saluting. The flag bearers halt at the head of the lines and march about, whereupon the troop gives the Pledge of Allegiance.

3. The troop is in a horseshoe formation with the flag in the center. Each Scout in turn steps forward one step, salutes, and steps back—or all salute together.

4. The troop is in single-rank formation. Bring the Scouts to attention and turn out all lights except a single spot or flashlight focused on the flag. A Scout from the color guard patrol recites (doesn’t sing) the first verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The troop then sings the verse and the lights are turned on.

5. The troop, in line, faces a wall where a small pulley or ring with a flag line is fastened. The troop comes to attention. The flag is slowly hoisted while the bugler plays “America,” “God Bless America,” or “America the Beautiful.”

6. In your words, explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. Then call the troop to attention and give the Pledge of Allegiance.

7. Call the troop to attention. Say, “Hand salute!” and give the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Scout sign and the Scout Oath. Pause after each part and, in your own words, give the meaning of it.

8. Call the troop to attention. Salute the flag. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

PLC Training: Pre-opening Ideas #2

The following pre-opening activities should be set up well in advance of the meeting time so that early arrivals will have some constructive, challenging and fun activities to do while the remainder of the Scouts arrive prior to the start of the meeting. These types of activities can be done no matter what time the Scouts arrive. The activities should cease as soon the meeting is ready to be started.

This list is the second in a series of Pre-opening ideas for Planning a Troop Meeting, please also see:

  1. Correct Backpacking
    • Fill a table with items that could he included in a back pack for a backpacking trip. Have the Scouts select those items that should be included for a backpacking trip, leaving behind unessential items. (Backpacking merit badge requirement # 2a)
  2. Design a Camp
    • Have paper available and have the Scouts design the layout of a typical patrol campsite. The design should show cooking spots, dining fly, latrine, and at least three two-man tents. (Camping merit badge requirement # 2)
  3. What to Take on a Camping Trip
    • Have the Scouts list on a piece of paper all the items they should take on an overnight campout in the summer and in the winter. (Requirement # 5 of Camping merit badge)
  4. Your Community Map
    • Have a map of your community that shows such facilities as the chief government buildings, such as city hall, county courthouse, and public works/services facility, fire station, police station, hospitals, schools, churches, main highways to neighboring cities and towns, railroad and bus stations, airports, chief industries or other major places of employment, historical and other points of interest. (Requirement # 2 of the Citizenship in the Community merit badge)
  5. Make That Résumé
    • Have the Scouts write down their autobiographical resume that would be used in applying for a job. It should include a brief description of any jobs they have had. Such as paper route, mowing lawns, taking care of a neighbor’s yard while they were on vacation, “caring for a pet, your education achieved so far including grade point average, if known. Also have them include the names of adults they could use as a reference. (Requirement # 7 of the Communications merit badge)
  6. I’m Important
    • Have the Scouts list 10 reasons why they are important to their Family. (Requirement # 1 of Family Life merit badge)
  7. Leave Your Mark
    • Have available fingerprint identification cards (8 by 8 inches). Have the Scouts each take a clear set of fingerprints. (Requirement # 1 of the Fingerprinting merit badge)
  8. My Family
    • Have available to the Scout pedigree charts. Have them write on the chart as many Family members as they know of parents, grandparents, and great grandparents, including dates and places of birth and death. (Genealogy merit badge requirement # 2)
  9. Name that Plant
    • Have on a table leaves from various plants and trees. Number them and have the Scouts write on a piece of paper the name of the plant next to the number. The Scout with the most correct answers gets a prize at the end of the meeting. (Requirement # 6 of First Class rank; Nature merit badge # 4b)
  10. Find your Pace
    • Set up a 300 meter course and have the Scouts figure out how many running paces it takes for 100 meters. (Requirement # 5b of Orienteering merit badge)
  11. Throw that Rope
    • Have a 40 foot length of rope. Allow the Scouts to take turns coiling and throwing the rope. (Requirement # 1 of Pioneering merit badge)