Responsibility

Happy New Year, fellow Scouters!  As we enter January, many troops will be holding their youth leader elections and embarking on another six months on the bumpy road to leadership development. Every troop has its own way of selecting candidates and conducting elections, and the Scoutmaster should consider helping the process along by encouraging the boys to elect patrol leaders and the Senior Patrol Leader from a pool of responsible candidates. Continue reading “Responsibility”

What’s a Parent to Do?

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?”