Today, I am continuing my review of A Scout Leader’s Guide to Youth Leadership Training: Working the Patrol Method. This excellent book really addresses some of the challenges of having a boy led troop. You can see the previous parts of this review at
Today I am reviewing Sections 6, 7, and 8. As I said before, I don’t want to give the impression that this is a difficult read by writing about just a few sections at a time. It is just the nature of a daily blog like this that I need to keep my posts short and focused.
Section 6 – Caring Leadership
This section discusses how there must be a selflessness in leadership. Leaders must focus on teamwork and Scouting ideals. The concept of servant leadership is discussed.
The “leadership yarns” in this section make excellent Scoutmaster minutes.
Section 7 – Planning: How to Facilitate Without Taking Over
As implied by the title, this section aims to show adults how to mentor the youth leadership without being a driving force. This is important to the Boy Scout program. If the adults become overly involved in the details of planning, the troop is not truly boy led. So this section focuses on how to give the youth the tools and knowledge they need to do the planning without the adults taking over.
The “leadership yarns” in this section would be excellent “Committee Chair minutes” for adults involved in the troop.
Section 8 – Shared Leadership
This section described some different types of leaders and the pitfalls they encounter. There was Mr. Do It All, Mr. Fix It, The Big Boss, and others. There is some discussion of how these different styles can correct what they are doing to move toward effective leadership. So I really recommend this section.
If you are interested in this book but you don’t have a copy yet, it is available on Amazon. If you have read the book and have some thoughts on it, feel free to comment below.