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 Scouts BSA Troops (ILST).
If you look at the list of positions which can be used to meet the position of responsibility requirement for Star and Life, you will see that assistant patrol leader is not listed there.
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.
A Scouts BSA Troop is actually run by its youth leaders. The Scoutmaster and adults on the Troop Committee provide advice and resources to help the youth carry out their program.
A reader asks about being youth-led when all of the Scouts have no previous experience. “The girls have tried, but without experienced scouts in leadership positions to model how to plan a scouting year, run troop meetings or plan a trip, and troop trainers to instruct new scouts in camping skills, like established troops have, things have come to a stand still. “
Scouts learn to understand and appreciate our differences while working on the Disabilities Awareness merit badge. They explore the experiences of people with differing abilities and how providing accessibility can help improve fairness. They also investigate careers which support people with disabilities.
A reader asks about adults on campouts: “Is this allowed? 9 adults for 19 Scouts? … I feel uncomfortable that this might turn into an adult hangout.” Thanks for the question. I think the answer is … “it depends”.
For the Pick My Path adventure, Lions learn how make choices and teach others.
For the King of the Jungle adventure, Lions learn about how to handle the US flag and about responsibility and leadership.
The ability to teach others is an important leadership skill. Scouts who are on the path to the rank of Life use the EDGE method to teach a skill to younger Scout.
Aware and Care is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Aware and Care adventure, Webelos learn about the challenges faced by people with disabilities.
Grin and Bear It is one of the Bear elective adventures. For this adventure, Bears play a game and hold a Cub Scout Carnival at a pack meeting.
Cubs Who Care is one of the Wolf Cub Scout elective adventures. For the Cubs Who Care adventure, Wolves learn about the challenges faced by people with disabilities.
For the I’ll Do It Myself adventure, Lions learn how to do simple tasks independently.
The Special Needs feature teaches Scouts to understand and appreciate the unique qualities and abilities of each person. Scouts learn to appreciate the challenges faced by people with special needs.
BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Heroes in History related to citizenship. The Heroes in History meeting plan features games, group activities, songs, and more to help Cub Scouts learn the value of honest leadership.
For previous service requirements, a Scout on the path from Life to Eagle only had to participate in service projects. Now the candidate for Eagle Scout must organize and lead a service project, inspiring others to help.
For the Tenderfoot leadership requirements, Scouts get an early start on developing their leadership skills. They use the Teaching Edge method to teach another person how to tie a square knot.
The Project Planning feature helps youth leaders learn how to accomplish their goals, whether that be a service project or a troop campout or planning other activities together. The troop does a group exercise of planning and carrying out a recycle regatta.
First Class requirement 10 is related to inviting and welcoming others. Scouts invite a friend to come to a Scout activity.
Scouts who are progressing toward the rank of Life must continue to show leadership, either by taking a leadership position in their unit or by doing an approved leadership project.
While working on the requirements for the Star rank, Scouts must serve in a leadership position for at least four months. Or he or she can do a leadership project approved by the Scoutmaster. This requirement helps their troop and enables them to learn leadership skills.
A Life Scout who is on the path to Eagle must continue to develop his or her leadership skills by serving his or her troop in a position of responsibility. Unlike previous leadership requirements for Star and Life, the Scoutmaster may not assign a special project for this requirement.