Troop 59

Scoutmaster Conference Guidelines

 

 

 

      The Scoutmaster Conference is one of the last requirements that a Scout must fulfill in order to achieve each rank in Scouting. If well executed, an SMC is a great opportunity for the Scout to demonstrate his skills and interact with the Scoutmaster. The following guide should help Scouts understand the purpose of an SMC and what they should be prepared to discuss and demonstrate to ensure a successful outcome.

 

PURPOSE OF THE SCOUTMASTER CONFERENCE

 

There are several purposes of the Scoutmaster Conference:

 

>  The first is simply for the Scoutmaster to make sure that the Scout has mastered all the skills that are required for the rank that the Scout is trying to achieve (and also remembers the skills from prior ranks!), and therefore ensure that the Scout is ready for his Board of Review.

>  The second purpose is to discuss the Scout’s experience in Scouting, the Troop, and his Patrol and to talk about ways that all of these can be improved.

>  The final purpose is to discuss the goals that the Scout has for advancement, involvement, and personal development as a Scout and young man.

 

A typical Scoutmaster Conference will take from 20-30 minutes. The time, subject matter, and expectations increase with higher ranks. Scouts are expected to be fully prepared for their SMC.

 

SCHEDULING THE SCOUTMASTER CONFERENCE

 

The Scout is responsible for calling the Scoutmaster (NOT emailing!) and scheduling a time to meet. SMC’s should be scheduled at least one week prior to scheduled BOR nights and/or Court of Honors as “last minute SMC requests are unlikely to be granted.

 

 

SMC’s can generally be done during Troop outings. It is difficult to schedule an SMC on a Troop meeting night as there is usually a lot going on. Weekends are usually ideal.

 

ATTENDING THE SMC

 

Scouts are expected to be fully prepared for their SMC. They should be wearing their FULL uniform (with all patches sewn on) and have their Scout handbook with ALL requirements previously signed off (except Scout Spirit, SMC, and BOR). They should “Be Prepared with a pen. Please BE ON TIME!

 

WHAT SCOUTS SHOULD KNOW FOR THEIR SMC

 

Scouts will be expected to be able to demonstrate their proficiency in all of the skills that are required for the rank they are trying to achieve AND all prior ranks. This includes:

-     How to tie all required knots (this WILL be tested!!)

-    Ability to recite the Scout Oath, Law, Motto, Slogan AND Outdoor Code

-     Compass use (Second Class and above)

-     Rank appropriate first aid skills

 

Knowledge of these skills is not optional if a Scout cannot demonstrate them without coaching or looking at their book they will be asked to reschedule the SMC.

 

OTHER THINGS THAT WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE SMC

 

SCOUT SPIRIT: The Scout should be ready to discuss how he demonstrates

Scout Spirit by living the Scout Oath and Law in his everyday life.

 

GOALS: What are the Scout’s plans for achieving the next rank? Are there merit badges that they plan on working on in the near future? Is there a Troop activity that they would like to organize?

 

INVOLVEMENT IN TROOP ACTIVITIES: What activities has the Scout enjoyed most? What can the Troop or his Patrol do better in the future?