When our Troop first started, I had complete control over whether or not we met in the summer, and in my opinion it was really important the keep the meetings going as the boys were all greenhorns and needed to work on basic Scouting skills and techniques. But the last couple of years I have left it up to the boys how they want to do it, and let the PLC make that decision versus myself.
Last summer, they wanted to try and only have one meeting a month in the summer (for the record, our ‘summer’ is defined as June, July and August). So, we held one meeting a month, and only had a PLC every other month. The thought there was that everyone seemed to be so very busy in the summer with everything under the sun, that maybe if we scaled it back a bit there would be more participation at the meetings we did have. That didn’t work out so well.
This year I left it up to the PLC again, and this time they decided that they want to just keep the meeting schedule the same as during the rest of the year. I can’t say that I blame them. Their thinking this time around was that if you missed a meeting in the summer last year, you went basically 2 months without a Scout meeting, and they didn’t like that huge gap between meetings. Granted, we’d have separate planning meetings for our outings and such, but those weren’t Troop meetings.
I personally have a tough time understanding how some Troops can still operate without Troop meetings in the summer. To me, summer is the ideal time to be out and put the ‘outing in Scouting’. But I feel you still need to have those meetings every month – just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that advancement and meetings should stop.
If you’re in one of those Troops that doesn’t meet in the summer, how come? Maybe I’m missing something that to you is a no-brainer as to why you don’t meet in the summer. If you’re willing, I’d sure appreciate some feedback from any of you on this. Just let me know in the comments, please. I may even make a poll on this one, just to be more ‘scientific’.
On a totally different note, anyone else interested in the Twitter CSP swap? I got my first one from @SMShawn today, and now I’m all excited to start getting them from all over the country! I’ll be sending out my CSP’s to you folks that DM’d me as soon as I can get to the Scout Shop and get some more unused patches. Seems all of mine are pre-worn….don’t wanna pass those out now, do I?