Five important skills

A committee chair’s job would seem to need to entail many different areas of responsibility, but it can all be handled if you develop five important areas of competence.  These, plus your understanding and knowledge of the Scouting program, can go a long way to helping you be effective and to provide support to your Scoutmaster and your committee. Continue reading “Five important skills”

Management and Leadership

Last Saturday was our Council’s annual University of Scouting. I conducted the session for committee chairs, as mentioned in an earlier post. About twenty fine Scouters were in attendance bright and early, and I hope I didn’t put anyone back to sleep.  It was nice to see everyone, and we had some great questions and observations. As usual, I tried to fill the hour with more material than would fit, and I apologize for  having to cut it short. As promised, though, here is some of what I had hoped to cover. Continue reading “Management and Leadership”

Get out of the way!

You may know that I went to Michigan State and am a big Spartan fan, so I’m delighted at the success of the football team this year. Up until last Saturday’s road loss to Iowa, the Green and White were undefeated, 8-0, and ranked fifth in the nation.  This despite having both off-season and recent difficulties with some of the players, having to play archrivals the University of Michigan at their stadium, and head coach Mark Dantonio suffering a heart attack shortly after the heroic win against Notre Dame. (If you weren’t following the story, don’t worry – he is OK, and has since returned to coaching.) Continue reading “Get out of the way!”