It’s time to hold a meeting! There are lots of things to discuss at your group executive committee meetings so it’s very important to clearly understand and to define the difference between matters discussed by leaders at the group scouters meeting and matters discussed by the group executive committee.
Whether the Cub Scouts should have orange or lemon squash at the Cub Scout fun day is really a matter for leaders, whereas whether there is enough cash in the budget for refreshments is a decision for the Executive Committee.
The most useful information has already been covered in earlier pages of the Group Scout Leaders toolkit, so here are links to the most relevant pages (with documents where relevant):
Examples of Meeting Rules:
- Ask people to speak ‘through the chair’. This means putting your hand up if you want to speak, and waiting for the chair to say it’s your turn.
- Don’t interrupt other people.
- Stick to the agenda item currently under discussion.
- Don’t talk amongst yourselves.
- Respect other people’s views - don’t groan or pull faces when someone else is speaking.
- Wait until they’ve finished and then put your point of view calmly and politely.
- Keep contributions short and to the point.
- Start and finish the meeting on time.