Scouting Program Archives: Leadership Troop Program Feature

Leadership Troop Program Feature

One of the lessons that Scouting teaches is leadership. In a troop, leadership is learned the Scout way – by doing. A young man gets a taste of leadership in various positions ranging from senior patrol leader to assistant patrol leader.


All of the leadership positions require making decisions. This can be difficult, especially for young people. Making the right decision can be painful, but a decision must usually be made. Even making no decision is a decision. Scouting also promotes ethical decision making in everyday life, especially when a Scout has his Scoutmaster conference for the next rank advancement; part of that conference should be a discussion of ethical decision making.


This program feature is designed to challenge Scouts to solve problems through decision making. Each interpatrol activity this month involves making an ethical decision.


Find the complete plans for the Leadership Troop Program Feature on the BSA website.

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