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FAQ

What is the PLC?

Good Scout troops are run by the Scouts. PLC is the means to do that.

The goal of the PLC is simple – the PLC is responsible for planning and conducting the Troop's activities.

 

Who is in the PLC?
All individuals in leadership positions are members of the PLC and are voting members:
  • Senior Patrol Leader – Leads the PLC.

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader – Fills in for the SPL in his absence.

  • Patrol Leaders – Represents his patrol on the PLC.

  • Assistant Patrol Leaders – Fills in for the Patrol Leaders in their absence.

  • Troop Guide – Assists the Patrol Leaders from the new scout patrols.

  • Troop Scribe – Prepares agenda, takes minutes, completes Troop Meeting Plans.

  • Quartermaster - Reports on Troop supplies and equipment.

  • Historian – Reports on past Troop activities. Assists the Troop Scribe.

  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters – Advisors.

  • Junior Assistant Scoutmasters – Advisors.

Why do we have a PLC?
To plan troop activities.
To keep the troop focused on its schedule and goals.
To plan ahead.

When are PLCs scheduled?
Once per month or more often if requested by the SPL. The ideal goal would be to schedule PLCs to allow enough time to plan for at least one month ahead. For example, plan in October for troop meetings and activities that will take place in November.

 

What is Leadership and why is it important?
Leadership is a vital part of the Scouting program. Scouts in positions of leadership run the troop. They take care of the many tasks necessary for troop and patrol meetings and activities to run smoothly. By accepting the responsibilities of troop leadership, Scouts are preparing themselves to be leaders throughout their lives. Leadership only works when Scouts in leadership positions understand their responsibilities and are equipped with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities.

 

Role and expectations of the PLC:
The PLC is led by the SPL.
The PLC is attended by all Scouts in leadership positions.
The PLC is run by the rules of good meetings:
  • Have an agenda

  • Stay focused

  • Keep the meeting on task

  • Accomplish the goal which is to plan all aspects of the activities for the month ahead

  • Identify any problems within the Troop

  • Discuss new ideas