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.
Resources and Ideas for the Communication Program Feature
To complete the Communications core requirement for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must learn and practice communications skills. Then they must share their knowledge of communications with others.
Picture Telephone game is a visual version of the classic telephone game. Youth will enjoy looking at the pictures and phrases later and seeing how far off they were from the original message.
This game makes a fun break in a meeting. It is appropriate for Webelos, Scouts BSA, or Venturers. The will have to work together to accomplish their goal.
This is a traditional Scout lashings game which might date back to Baden-Powell himself. It practices Scoutcraft (lashings) as well as cooperation and problem solving.
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The goal of this game is for two Scouts to work together to make a simple lunch. The challenge is that they each have one hand tied behind their back.
The idea behind the Banana Bandana skit is that the Scouter with the banana has misunderstood the announcer. Every time the announcer says to do something with the bandana, the Scouter does it with a banana instead.