Large Troop Example
Large Troop is defined as 40 Scouts or more.
Since its inception in 1970, Troop 414 in Bedford, New Hampshire has been evolving its BLT initiative. In 2005, there was an effort for the scouts to take on as much of the operations as they were capable of. This required a change in the organizational structure of the troop from the Top Down Org Structure or pyramid model to a Matrix Org Structure. By working from a matrix, no Scout or Adult would be responsible for more than eight personnel. Working from the matrix, the Troop is able to retain accountability and manageability regardless of its size.
In June, at the end of the scouting year, the Scouts choose what they want to do for the upcoming year. Also in June, the PLC drafts next year’s calendar. The troop holds two half year planning sessions for scout and adult leaders to review the calendar, upcoming events, define key dates, milestones and assigns scout and adult leaders for the events. In August the PLC gets together and has a mini leadership training and team forming event where scout leaders, their parents and adult leaders attend to get ready for the upcoming scouting year. The scouting year starts in September, PLC Meetings are run by the SPL and plan out what needs to be executed until the next PLC. Troop Meeting topics, campout logistics and outing tasks are defined and delegated. After Troop Meetings, a 5 minute review is done by the SPL with his PLs to ensure each patrol achieved its objectives for that meeting. The weekend outings are executed following the outing process.
Since 2005, the matrix model (matrix organizational structure) has been implemented, the Troop has experienced continuous growth, increased adult involvement and several of the operational issues have been resolved.