Boy Scouts of America

BSA Methods – Leadership Development

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 is “leadership development”.

Exercising leadership skills is an essential part of the Boy Scout program and the Venturing program. Boy Scouts must serve in leadership positions to advance. Leadership skills are best learned through practice.

How do the Boy Scout program and the Venturing program allow youth to develop leadership?

  • Through youth leadership positions
  • By allowing the youth, not the adults, to plan the program
  • By giving the youth real opportunities to succeed and to fail

Our crew had elections in February. Our troop is getting ready to elect new leaders in April. 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.

Some youth will seem to be more natural leaders than others, but sometimes it is the quiet, more reserved youth who is capable of getting things done. They all deserve a chance and proper training.


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