The monthly meeting is the glue that holds a Venturing Crew together. Well-planned meetings run by the crew’s youth leaders can be full of excitement and satisfaction. Meeting time devoted to learning new skills and organizing future events, service projects, and other activities will help keep interest levels and enthusiasm high.
Crew meetings serve many purposes, including these:
- Motivating Scouts. From Scouts’ points of view, crew meetings are chances for them to get together with their friends for fun and adventure. For Advisers, meetings offer many avenues to encourage Scouts to learn, to advance, and to improve themselves.
- Strengthening. Venturers have opportunities at crew meetings to meet together, to learn as a team, and to share what they know. Whether they serve as the presenters of a skill, or as the organizers of a challenge or activity, every Scout can contribute to every crew meeting.
- Learning and practicing skills. A portion of a crew meeting may be devoted to the demonstration and practice of skills that will enhance Scouts’ ability to create, build and to pass requirements for higher ranks.
- Exercising leadership. The crew’s youth leaders take leading roles in planning, conducting, and assisting the success of crew meetings. Leadership is a skill that can be learned only by experience, and crew meetings serve as regular occasions for that to happen.
- Promoting Scout spirit. Crew meetings offer ideal settings for Venturers to take part in contests and competitions that test their expertise and their abilities to cooperate with one another.
Most crews have a crew meeting or activity every month. Meetings should occur at the same time every month to help members and their families schedule effectively. Most crew meetings occur on week-nights and should not last longer that 90- minutes to get members home in time for homework and adequate rest.
Crew meetings should not always be held at the same place. For example, now and then a crew may meet at a fire station or police headquarters so the members can learn about how their town is protected. On a summer evening, they might gather at a local pool to pass some of the swimming requirements for a rank or merit badge.
Weekly crew meetings should be fun and full of action and excitement. They can be opportunities to learn new skills and plan future activities and service projects.