Scouting originally started off with scouts aged 11 to 15, so the Troop is the fundamental section of any Scout Group as, during this period, scouts as individuals develop, mature and build their characters within a self education framework. Therefore, this makes the Troop Section also the most significant and important period of their lives.
Scouting is another form of education, which shifts a teenager from a student who “endlessly” sits behind his desk studying and doing homework, to a totally different environment that offers an adventurous and outdoor alternative. Scouting does not interfere with school, it gives the teenager the opportunity to express his creativity and interests in a safe environment. Parents, please note that Scouting is not some form of free babysitting organisation.
The Troop meets every Wednesday at 1730hours at the Group’s Head Quarters for a two hour meeting, during which around 40 – 50 scouts have the opportunity to learn new skills, practice what they learnt during activities and above all spend time having fun with friends of their age. The weekly meetings are organised by the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and generally consist of interactive games, duties, a scouting activity, patrol meeting, scouting lectures, and more.
Troop leaders are present during every activity and are responsible for the supervision of the Troop during activities and weekly meetings, as well as to guide scouts through the scouting programme.
The following are some of the tasks of the Troop Leaders:
Scout Leader (SL) – Discipline and overall management
Assistant Scout Leaders (ASL) – Activity Organisation and Discipline
Auxiliary Leader (A/L) – Training of Progressive Scout Awards
One cannot forget to mention the Patrol Leaders (PLs) and their assistants, who are normally the older aged scouts. These are responsible for leading the scouts in their own patrol, and above all getting firsthand experience in leadership, management of activities and scouts themselves and strategic planning.
The Troop is divided into 4 Patrols with approximately 8 scouts in each patrol.
Outdoor activities are an essential part of the Scout programme since Scouts will put into practice most of the skills they have learnt and have fun in the outdoors with their friends, whilst being offered an alternative to school life. Therefore, the leaders, who take the time to organise and attend activities (usually at the expense of having to take leave from work) stress the importance that all scouts make their utmost to attend. Main activities are usually organised on a once-a-month basis and include:
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The concept behind the training programme reveals exactly how scouts will behave during their prospective careers. Although possible, everybody knows that getting a promotion at work is not easy and it mainly depends on the individual’s initiative, motivation, determination and most of all knowledge and skills. The Scouts are therefore exposed to this exact environment. Since the training programme is not compulsory, an individual Scout will get promoted to the ranks of APL, PL and SPL only if he follows the training program and shows initiative to lead other people. If a scout wishes not to follow the programme, this will not hinder his scouting experience but it will undoubtedly show that he has no interest of receiving authority and responsibility and will not become a leader. We therefore insist that parents acknowledge and encourage their children to achieve the awards within the training programme as this will serve as an elementary experience.
The training programme consists of the following Progressive Scout Awards, and rank positions:
Apart from the above, there are also the Proficiency Badges which are merit awards for showing skill and diligence in a particular sport, hobby or interest area. There are more than 70 Proficiency Badges which you can earn. How many can you get?
All scouts receiving any award or rank will be given a certificate which is exchangeable for a badge. These badges are then sewn on their uniform to show their achievements and rank.