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Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | CPR Resource  Why take a chance? Encourage some adults in your unit to learn CPR. It's one of those things you hope you never need, but if you do it could save a life.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Applicable Laws  It seems to go without saying that we should follow the law. Clearly we aren't going to take our Scout unit out and rob a bank - no matter how dire the fundraising needs!

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | First Aid Resources  No matter what the situation, you should "Be Prepared" for first aid. Even at den meetings I keep a very small personal first aid kit on hand for dealing with scrapes and small cuts which can occur during games.

 

buglerBugler Description and Self Evaluation  The Bugler plays the bugle at troop ceremonies. Bugler is one of those positions that many troops don't fill. There was a troop next to us at the last camporee with a Bugler, and there is something really nice about hearing Taps played at lights out.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Permit and Notices  The twelfth point of the Sweet 16 is Safety Permit and Notices . Basically, this means if you need a tour plan or a local permit, get one.

 

Smiling TeenagersBook Review Part 5: Developing Teen Leadership  This final section of the book looks at how parents and teachers can apply the advice presented earlier in the book in their own unique roles to teens. It includes some caveats. For example, a teacher might be limited in how much control he can really allow teens to have in a classroom. It also includes some encouragement for parents and teachers, such as a reminder that parents are always a teens greatest role model.

 

PlanningPatrol Planner for Campouts  The hope is that after a few months, this will provide some consistency so that our youth leaders will do more planning and delegating without as much adult intervention. I think if we provide them with some help and training and they try it, they will see that the patrol method really does provide a way for everyone to share in the duties and makes planning campouts easier.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Communications  Scouting activities are group activities. It doesn't do much good if the supervisor knows all the rules, regulations procedures but can't communicate those to the participants. And what good is that plan you spent so much time on if you didn't share it with others?

 

Smiling TeenagersBook Review Part 4: Developing Teen Leadership  I was recently asked to review a book on teen leadership. The book is called Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers and Parents. Today I am reviewing part 4 of the book - Topics.

 

scribeScribe Description and Self Evaluation  Almost every organization needs somebody to keep records. A Boy Scout troop is no exception. The Scribe is a youth member of the troop who records the minutes of the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) and works with the Troop Committee Secretary and Advancement Chair.

 

Cub Scouts - Strong Values - Strong Leaders - Character CountsWorking With Large Cub Scout Packs  Barbara asked this question recently on the Facebook page: Just found your page and I'm anxious to poke through it. Anything on how to handle huge Packs? We currently have 88 registered Cubs and we'll probably hit 100+ by the fall. I've just signed on as the committee chair and I want to help continue our legacy of crossing over enthusiastic Cubs into Boy Scouts. How do we keep boys from feeling lost in the shuffle?

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Planning   The tenth point of the Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety is Planning. When you are organizing an activity, what sort of contingencies have you planned for?

 

Smiling TeenagersBook Review Part 3: Developing Teen Leadership  I was recently asked to review a book on teen leadership. The book is called Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers and Parents. Today I am reviewing part 3 of the book - Programs and Activities.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety – Weather Check  It is important to know the difference between uncomfortable weather and hazardous weather. BSA provides a great online course for learning about hazardous weather.

 

Smiling TeenagersBook Review Part 2: Developing Teen Leadership  I was recently asked to review a book on teen leadership. The book is called Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers and Parents. It is written by Dan Appleman who has 20 years of experience working with youth.

 

Cub Scouts - Strong Values - Strong Leaders - Character CountsDen Meetings in a Very Small Pack  How do you run den meetings in a very small pack where there are only one or two Cub Scouts in each den?

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Skill Level Limits  The most familiar application of skill level limits is the swim tests which are administered at summer camp. But there are other examples as well.

 

quartermasterQuartermaster Description and Self Evaluation  Camping is an integral part of the Boy Scout program and most troops have a good amount of camping gear to maintain. The Quartermaster is a youth member of the troop who keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order.

 

Smiling TeenagersBook Review Part 1: Developing Teen Leadership  I was recently asked to review a book on teen leadership. The book is called Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers and Parents. It is written by Dan Appleman who has 20 years of experience working with youth.

 

TeachingBSA Methods - Teaching Others  The methods of Scouting are the ways that Scouting's aims of developing character, citizenship, and fitness in youth are achieved. One of the methods for Venturers is “teaching others”. Teaching others is the best way to really acquire deep knowledge of an area. By sharing their skills with others, Venturers retain their knowledge better and provide service to others

 

OA Troop RepresentativeOA Troop Representative Description and Self Evaluation  An Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is a youth liaison between the local OA lodge or chapter and his troop. In his troop, he serves the Arrowman as well as adult leaders and Scouts who are not OA members. He encourages Arrowmen to participate in lodge and chapter events. He also works to strengthen the troop's camping program.

 

Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingReview Part 5: A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership  Today, I am concluding 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.

 

pack commiteeWhat Does the Pack Secretary Do?  Pack Secretary is a position which can be filled on a Cub Scout Pack Committees. This is one of those roles which can be filled by a parent who wants to help out, but is not sure now. With some clear instruction anyone should be able to do what is required in this position, even if they are new to Scouting.

 

Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingReview Part 4: A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership  Today I continue reviewing a book called A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership Training: Working the Patrol Method. The sections I am reviewing today involve leadership styles and how adults can guide without taking over.

 

Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingBSA Methods - The Patrol Method  A patrol is a small group of Boy Scouts within a troop. They elect a patrol leader and function almost like a family within the troop. They divide up the chores to be done and work together as a group to meet their goals. They develop a patrol spirit and take pride in their accomplishments as a team.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaTroop Program Features - Program Planning  The Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader work together to develop long term plans for a Boy Scout troop. One thing which can help with this is the BSA troop program features.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Safety Procedures and Policies  Some of the things we do with our Scouts, especially our older Scouts, can be hazardous if you don't follow the safety rules.

 

Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingReview Part 3: A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership  Today I continue reviewing a book called A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership Training: Working the Patrol Method. Have you read this book? It is really a good explanation of how youth leadership should work in a Boy Scout Troop.

 

venturinglogoCrew Activity - City Museum  The Crew is planning another activity this meeting. They are all going to church together and then they are heading to the City Museum. The City Museum is often described as a giant playground for teenagers and young adults, so this should be a fun activity for them.

 

Troop Committee EmblemWhat Is a Boy Scout Troop Committee?  In a troop committee, committee members provide the support and resources which the youth leaders of the troop need to carry out their ideas.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaBSA Methods - Leadership Development  I think that being elected by their peers is meaningful to many of our youth. The role of adults in these units is to train the youth leaders.

 

Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingReview Part 2: A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership  Today I continue reviewing a book called A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership Training: Working the Patrol Method. Get a copy and join in the discussion!

 

Pack TrainerWhat Does the Pack Trainer Do?  The main responsibility of the Pack Trainer is to ensure that the adults involved in the Pack are trained for their positions and are aware of supplemental training opportunities.

 

Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingReview: A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership Training  I recently started reading a book called A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership Training: Working the Patrol Method. I am really impressed by this book.

 

Troop GuideTroop Guide Description and Self Evaluation  Troop Guide is another important youth leadership position in a Boy Scout troop. A troop guide is an older scout who helps new scouts learn the "Boy Scout way" of doing things, which is much different from the "Cub Scout way" of doing things.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaNational Youth Leadership Training  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an intense week long leadership training class for youth

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Personal Safety Equipment  Some participants in an activity might resist wearing the helmet or PFD, but it really doesn't matter if they want to wear the equipment or not. Either they comply or they don't participate.

 

venturinglogoVenture Crew Officers  The leadership structure in a Venture Crew is much different than in a Boy Scout Troop. Venturing offices are President, Vice President - Administration, Vice President - Program, Secretary, and Treasurer.

 

packcommitteechairWhat Does the Pack Committee Chair Do?  A strong, involved Committee Chair really makes a difference to the Pack leaders and to the Pack program.

 

InstructorInstructor Description and Self Evaluation  The instructor helps Scouts learn and demonstrate skills. He enlists the help of other experienced Scouts from the troop to help him.