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)