Last night at Roundtable, one of our participants got off on a tangent about the advancement process in her troop. Remarking that it took her son, an ambitious go-getter, three years to make First Class, she mentioned that it was because the Scoutmaster was very particular about just which Scouts were allowed to sign off on advancements, there were no opportunities for advancements to be completed at camp or troop meetings, and she’d end up driving him to other boys’ houses to get things signed off. Many other boys were in the same situation and it seemed that the Scoutmaster took some delight in making the boys struggle. We were talking about another topic when she brought this up, but I got to thinking about a response. Continue reading “What’s a Parent to Do?”
In many troops, there is an ongoing battle, or maybe just a misunderstanding, about exactly who is responsible for what. Without getting into the line between what is an adult function and what is a youth responsibility, I’m referring to committee and program functions and how sometimes the lines get blurred. Continue reading “Which Lane are You In?”
This month’s What Would You Do? question in Scouting Magazine comes from Scoutmaster D.M. of Ft. Myers, Fla.:
We recently had our troop leadership elections, and the Scouts elected a senior patrol leader who is inexperienced, uncommitted, and has no real sense of responsibility. I am worried about the direction of the troop, but I want to respect the boys’ choice. What do I do? Continue reading “Dealing with troop election results”
While we’re on the subject, let’s think about the adult role at the patrol leaders’ council meetings.
Simply put, adults have no role, because the PLC is composed of the youth leaders of the troop, and the PLC meeting is their meeting — not the adults’ meeting! Continue in Chapter 3 of the Scoutmaster Handbook, which states that “the Senior Patrol Leader chairs the Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings.” Continue reading “Adult involvement, part 2”
Even though Boy Scouts is boy-led, adults are absolutely essential for the program to operate.
However, it’s very easy to cross the line between boy-led and adult-led, just by doing things adults would normally do without thinking about it.
Even something as seemingly minor, helpful and innocent as a stage direction during a flag ceremony, or injecting information into an announcement by the SPL, can send the message to the boys that they really aren’t in charge of the troop meeting. Continue reading “Adult Involvement: How much is too much?”