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”
A recent column by John Hagel and John Seely Brown in Forbes magazine reveals the startling news to corporate leaders: In the past, a leader was measured by how many followers he had, but in the future, a leader must produce more leaders to be considered successful. Continue reading “The true measure of a leader”
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?”