Trailmen had their first “regular” meeting of the year, and boy were they ready to jump right in.
All meeting contain the “Six F’s”. The first “F” is for Focus. The Focus portion of the patrol meeting contains the instructional element. This is the emphasis of the patrol time together, and lays the foundation that the other F’s will build upon. During our meeting this task was given to three dad’s who ran stations on the various simple tools: inclined planes, wedges, screws, pulleys, wheels and rods, and levers. There were discussions about how knowledge of the simple tools and how to use them can make them better Trailmen in the outdoors and around the home.
The second “F” is for Fingers. This is where the Trailmen really start to smile and laugh. This portion offers an opportunity for the Trailmen to experience a project with “hands-on” learning. The boys used the simple tools to perform simple tasks and identified where the simple tools that surrounded them.
The meeting ran straight into Fun – the third “F” of every meeting. This portion allows a time where Trailmen can burn off some energy. This is the time of the meeting for the Trailmen to play games or participate in a physical activity – and if we are lucky reinforces what they have already learned. During this meeting the Trailmen used levers to hurl balls at one another with a reward for success (broadly understood).
The fourth “F” is the Family portion of the meeting. As the Trailmen learn throughout the years, it is the desire of Troop OR-1541 that each Trailman’s participation in Trail Life augments family life. The Woodland Trails Program specifically seeks to involve the family in the learning process as much as possible.
Towards the end of the meeting we turn our attention to the Forest Award, and identify the Branches taught and steps earned during a meeting for our Foxes, Hawks, and Mountain Lions. Boys can track their progress in their book as well as the poster. Several boys completed their Science and Technology branch!
We begin and end each meeting with prayer, but within the meeting we take the time to incorporate what we learned with our Faith. One of the Trailmen read a passage from Ephesians 6:
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Troop OR-1531 then discussed how Trailmen need to be prepared within, with the Armor of God, and without – which includes the use of tools to solve problems.