PLC Training: Opening Ceremony Ideas #3

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

Patriotic Openings

There are many different kinds of patriotic ceremonies.  A single patriotic ceremony, no matter how good, is bound to lose some of its meaning after endless repetition, so be sure to use a variety.

1. Scout 1 (lighting a red candle): The red of my flag is the lifeblood of brave men ready to die or worthily live for this, our country.

Scout 2 (lighting a white candle): The white of my flag is for purity; cleanliness of purpose, thought, word, and deed.

Scout 3 (lighting a blue candle): The blue of my flag is for truth and justice, like the eternal blue of the star-filled heavens.

Scout 4 (while saluting with the other three Scouts):

My flag—the flag of America, home of liberty, land of opportunity, where people of all races and creeds live in peace and friendship together.

2. The troop salutes the flag, gives the Pledge of Allegiance, then sings a verse of any of several patriotic songs.

3. A narrator reads from the writings of authors and poets who have helped us to understand what it means to love our country.

PLC Training: Pre-opening Ideas #3

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 third in a series of Pre-opening ideas for Planning a Troop Meeting, please also see:

  1. A Scout is Trustworthy
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Trustworthy. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)
  2. A Scout is Loyal
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Loyal. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)
  3. A Scout is Helpful
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Helpful. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)
  4. A Scout is Friendly
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Friendly. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)
  5. A Scout is Courteous
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Courteous. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)
  6. A Scout is Kind
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Kind. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)
  7. A Scout is Obedient
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Obedient. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)
  8. A Scout is Cheerful
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Cheerful. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)
  9. A Scout is Thrifty
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Thrifty. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)
  10. A Scout is Brave
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Brave. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)
  11. A Scout is Clean
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Clean. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)
  12. A Scout is Reverent
    • Have the Scouts write on a piece of paper what it means to them to be Reverent. (part of Boy Scout Joining Requirement #7, the Scout Law)