Scouting programs might be best known for the leadership and life skills they instill in youth. Young men and women learn to make decisions and inspire others. They explores various careers and learn communication skills. Scouting truly does prepare youth for life. See some examples below of how Scouting teaches leadership and life skills.
BSA Methods – The Patrol Method
A patrol is a small group of Scouts BSA 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.
Nap on Safely Training
I hope all of you Scouters out there will be able to complete your Nap on Safely training before or during summer camp. The guidelines are listed in this article. (Spoof!)
Program Planning for Scouts BSA
The Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader work together to develop long term plans for a Scouts BSA Troop. One thing which can help with this is the BSA troop program features.
Book Review: 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.
Scouting’s Teaching EDGE (BSA Edge Method)
The latest Scouts BSA requirements for Tenderfoot and Life ranks require the Scout to use the EDGE method. This is a four step method for teaching a skill. It is sometimes called Scouting’s Teaching EDGE.
Listening and Observation
If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk. Robert Baden-Powell
Dealing with Scouts who won't listen when somebody is speaking can be a real challenge. Here are some tips and a code of conduct to help them listen and ask questions respectfully.
National Youth Leadership Training
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an intense week long leadership training class for youth
Review: 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.
Life to Eagle Reports
One thing we have done in our troop which seems to motivate our Life Scouts a little is the Life to Eagle reports at every Court of Honor. Each Life Scout gets up in turn and tells what he has done since the last Court of Honor to try to advance and what he plans to do next on his path to Eagle.
BSA 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.
Problem – 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.
Troop Running a Pack Meeting
Tonight, our Scouts BSA Troop is running the Pack meeting for our Cub Scouts. They are going to divide into dens and each den will have several Scouts BSA 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 Scouts BSA program.
Business Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA
BSA has a set of troop programs which can help PLCs plan activities around a theme. This business program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month's worth of troop activities with business theme.
Troop Youth Leadership Seminar
We are particularly encouraging all of the new youth leaders to attend, but the seminar will be open to the whole troop. Hopefully some of the members will be inspired to apply for one of the open positions.
Planning with Teenagers
When I was first approached to be the new Advisor for the Venturing Crew, our district executive warned me that teenagers don't usually plan ahead. Boy was he right!
Planning with Scouts BSA Youth Leadership
Help your youth leadership plan ahead by giving them a blank meeting plan template to fill in during their PLC meetings. Download a printable copy here.
Sweet 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?
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Qualified Supervision
Keeping our Scouts safe is our number one priority as Scouters. The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety describe the measures we should use at all Scouting activities. The first point of the Sweet 16 is Qualified Supervision.
Sweet 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?
Team Building Activities
One of the Aims of Scouting is Leadership Development. Learning to be a member of a team and to get the most out of individuals on a team is through team building concepts and activities. Choose appropriate team building games and activities based on your group's age, maturity level, and degree of comfort with each other.
"Be Prepared" is the Scout motto and emergency preparedness is promoted in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing. Scouting teaches youth to be ready to face unexpected situations calmly and to think through their actions rather than just acting out of fear. This allows the Scout to help himself or herself in emergency situations and it helps the Scout give aid to others.