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Boy Scout troops and Venturing Crews are led by the youth, so developing youth leadership is a critical part of the program.


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Uniform and FlagInactive Scouts in Patrols  A reader is involved in a large troop, but due to low participation from scouts it is difficult to have patrol leader elections and a youth led program.

 

Teenagers in Human PyramidIntroduction to Youth Leadership Skills (ILSC or ILST)  This weekend our Venturing Crew did the Introduction to Youth Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). This course teaches Crew members basic leadership skills. There is a corresponding course for Boy Scout troops (ILST).

 

Listening and Observation  If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk. Robert Baden-Powell

 

jasmRegistering a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster  Reader Michael sent in this question: How do I go about registering an Eagle Scout in my troop as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster?

 

leadershipLeadership Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts  This program feature offers the opportunity to explore different aspects of leadership. This would be an especially relevant program theme if your troop youth leadership elections are approaching.

 

Baden-Powell on Attitude  “We must change boys from a ‘what can I get’ to a ‘what can I give’ attitude.” - Robert Baden-Powell

 

Den Chief Service Award CordDen Chief Service Award  The Den Chief Service Award, represented by a red, white, and blue cord, recognizes Den Chiefs who have served for over a year and completed a number of other requirements.

 

This is not an academic or theoretical book on youth leadership. It is a relentlessly practical guide on how to effectively guide teens to become leaders. pDeveloping Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers and Parents  This is not an academic or theoretical book on youth leadership. It is a relentlessly practical guide on how to effectively guide teens to become leaders.

 

The Eagle Court of Honor Book is the complete guide to Scouting's greatest moment. It covers every aspect of staging an Eagle Scout court of honor.The Eagle Court of Honor Book   The Eagle Court of Honor Book is the complete guide to Scouting's greatest moment. It covers every aspect of staging an Eagle Scout court of honor.

 

Proven ideas for building strong, successful, sustainable troops that truly achieve the promise of Scouting - from meetings and outings to administration.The Scoutmaster's Other Handbook   Proven ideas for building strong, successful, sustainable troops that truly achieve the promise of Scouting - from meetings and outings to administration.

 

has a Fleur de Lis and reads Proud to be a ScouterProud to Be a Scouter Coffee Mug  Show your Scouting pride! This coffee cup has a Fleur de Lis and reads "Proud to be a Scouter". Makes a great gift for anyone involved in a Scout program.

 

A Scouter Is ... Capable, Generous Determined Patient Dependable Trusting Hopeful Fearless Flexible Humble and ExhaustedA Scouter Is ... Coffee Mug (Spoof on the Boy Scout Law)  Get this coffee mug for yourself or your favorite Scouter. It is a spoof of the Boy Scout Law. It reads: A Scouter Is... Capable, Generous Determined Patient Dependable Trusting Hopeful Fearless Flexible Humble and Exhausted

 

asstpatrolleaderAssistant Patrol Leader Description and Self Evaluation   The Assistant Patrol Leader is a youth member of a Boy Scout troop who is appointed by the Patrol Leader and leads the patrol in his absence. The position of Assistant Patrol Leader does not qualify for the leadership requirements for advancement. (See the leadership positions listed in the Star, Life, and Eagle requirements in the Boy Scout handbook.)

 

Adult SpeakingProblem - Scouters Too Involved in Meetings  The adults involved are very enthusiastic, which is great, but they tend to talk over the kids and take over the meetings. Some of the adults are keeping the kids form running the meetings successfully.

 

webmasterWebmaster Description and Self Evaluation   The Webmaster posts information about troop outings, service projects, and other events to the troop and/or chartered organization website.

 

lnttrainerLeave No Trace Trainer Description and Self Evaluation  The Leave No Trace Trainer is a youth member of the troop who ensures that Leave No Trace principles are followed on all troop outings and activities.

 

Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingAttendance Expectations for Boy Scouts  You might notice that the troop leadership position descriptions which our troop uses have attendance expectations on them Some people have asked me how we enforce these. Well, we do not. These are not demands or requirements in our troop. Instead we use them to indicate to the youth what sort of time requirements are typical for the position.

 

jasmJunior Assistant Scoutmaster Description and Self Evaluation  The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster is a youth member of a Boy Scout troop who serves in the capacity of an Assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required. He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his demonstrated leadership ability.

 

Tiger Cub ScoutsTroop Running a Pack Meeting  Tonight, our Boy Scout Troop is running the Pack meeting for our Cub Scouts. They are going to divide into dens and each den will have several Boy Scouts doing skill instruction with them. They are working on things like knots and outdoor skills which relate to the advancement for each den. While they are doing that, the Scoutmaster (my husband), is going to talk to the Pack parents about the Boy Scout program.

 

librarianLibrarian Description and Self Evaluation  Most Boy Scout troops keep a library of merit badge pamphlets and other resources. The Librarian is a youth member of the troop who takes care of this troop literature.

 

Den ChiefDen Chief Pledge  We have a new Tiger Cub den in our Cub Scout pack which does not have a Den Chief yet. So for his Scoutmaster Minute, my husband read the Den Chief Pledge and asked any of the Scouts who are interested in learning more about being a Den Chief to see him.

 

historianTroop Historian Description and Self Evaluation  The Troop Historian records troop activities. This job is perfect for a Scout who likes to take pictures and write journal entries.

 

Smiling TeenagersCrew Activity – Teen Area at Homecoming  Our parish Fall Festival is coming up in a couple of weeks. Our Crew asked if they could do some sort of service project at the event, and it was decided that they would provide some sort of gathering spot for the teenagers. So they are going to have a pavilion type tent which is for teenagers - no little kids allowed.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.