BSA has created updated versions of the Troop Program features for Scouts BSA. The Communication program feature is available in digital format on the BSA website or can be purchased as a publication from you local Scout Shop.
The Communication feature helps youth leaders learn how to give and receive information. The program feature includes some general information and some more specific ideas for meetings:
- What is communication?
- Verbal communication
- Non-verbal communication
- Body language
Suggested troop meeting ideas are grouped by essential, challenging, or advanced. Here are a few you can see in the guide.
- Learn and practice the EDGE method (essential)
- Review the EDGE method (challenging)
- Discuss communication methods in the unit (advanced)
- Play charades (essential)
- Work on Communications merit badge requirement 4 (challenging)
- Plan a campfire program or interfaith (Scouts Own) worship service (advanced)
- Review Cyber Chip requirements (essential or challenging)
- Teach internet safety to a Webelos den or a patrol (advanced)
- Work on one of the communications related merit badges (essential or challenging)
There are also several games suggested to keep things interesting at your troop meetings
- Who Am I?
- Follow My Voice
The plan even provides Scoutmaster’s minutes and ceremonies for meetings.
Then there is the “Main Event”. Once again, there are suggestions for essential, challenging, or advanced. Details and planning aids can be found in the online guide.
- Visit a television studio, radio station, newspaper office, etc (essential)
- Take a “communication hike” (challenging)
- Plan a camping weekend and work on the Communication merit badge (advanced)
Find some related helps and achievements for the Communication Troop Program Feature below.