A recent discussion with members of my troop committee got me thinking as to where advancement stands in the “big picture” of Boy Scouting.
The question raised was how to detect and encourage those Scouts whose time in rank was getting a little long, particularly Second Class scouts. Continue reading “Advancement’s greater purpose”
Many regular readers of Scouting Magazine enjoy the feature What Would You Do? in which readers are asked to comment on a problem a Scouter is having in his or her unit. The March-April issue poses the question of how the seven older scouts in a troop should command respect when the 15-20 younger ones won’t follow them. Continue reading “When they won’t follow”
In a recent discussion with our troop Scoutmasters, I found myself using the term “goals and objectives”. Instantly I was reminded of those management concepts that were to revolutionize the corporate world. Continue reading “Troop meeting goals and objectives”
I’d like to continue the series of posts following up on my presentation at last fall’s University of Scouting, in which I offered some suggestions on how committee chairs could better serve their unit committees. We can do this is by viewing our responsibility the way we encourage the boys to: as servant leaders, primarily concerned with the well-being and performance of others on the committee. Continue reading “How to not be helpful”
It’s been a while since I wrote an article for Cub Scout leaders, and while this information isn’t exclusively for them, it’s the Cub leaders that could benefit most, due to more of them being newer to Scouting. Continue reading “Help the Pack Go”