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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-05-2008, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Any Scouting Leaders here?

Recently my six year old son had expressed an interest in the Cub Scouts. He will start out as a Tiger Cub by the way. There was an introductory meeting his school a few weeks ago and we went and he wanted to sign up so we did. One thing I teach my kids is that when they commit to something that they keep the commitment.

At that first meeting when the Scout council leader asked parents to be leaders, I did not raise my hand. One father volunteered to be the Scout Master for the troop and I was asked to be a Den Leader for the Tiger Cubs and reluctantly accepted. The same thing I teach my kids I practice myself so when I accepted I made the commitment to do it right and not let the kids down. I read all the material I was given and I signed up for Scout Leader training this upcoming week.

My wife and son went to one his classmates birthday party where she ran into one of the other kids parents who knows the newly appointed Scout Master for our troop. The new Scout Master has quit because his son doesn’t like it and doesn’t want to do it. So this tool won’t do it. I thought it was very lame for that father to not only let his son quit but for him to quit also and leave the kids hanging in the wind.

As a kid I had a very short history with Scouting. While this Scout leadership thing is all very new to me I am not without the skills to do it with what they have to learn. What I would like is for any of you Scout Leaders to share any advice you may have in Scout leadership.

I see so very little parental involvement in their kids lives today. One of the mothers has agreed to help which is cool She will do a lot of the legwork while I do the hands on stuff. She got her son into Scouts for the male role model she feels her son needs.

Advice, thoughts, and/or feelings on this Scout Leaders?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-05-2008, 02:36 PM
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Re: Any Scouting Leaders here?

Just dont drive the van to meetings

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-05-2008, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Any Scouting Leaders here?

If all else fails then Nyquil for a teaching aid?
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Re: Any Scouting Leaders here?

"OK kids, just smell this rag and you'll be able to identify chloroform for the rest of your life"
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-06-2008, 03:39 PM
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Re: Any Scouting Leaders here?

I was a Scout myself, but my career in youth leadership as an adult has been with Outward Bound, the YMCA, and a private summer camp.

I wouldn't say any youth leader has an easy job, but the amount of structure in the BSA makes the job a little easier because the program development has all been done. You don't have to "invent the wheel" because it has been invented and developed over a century. The BSA is probably the most structured youth program in the US, even Rainbow/DeMolay groups don't have all the rules, creeds, uniforms, badges, and ranks of Scouting. So my advice would be to just follow the program and help kids earn their badges/ranks.

As with any program, remain focused on the Scouts and that will help you out when it comes time to make sacrifices (and you will, your time and money, stress, ingratitude from kids and parents who don't realize all you do, etc.). You will then be immediately able to answer your own question, "why am I doing this?"

Also look for those wonderful events that I call "light bulb moments." They are those instances when the mental light bulb comes on . . . when a kid finally gets it and you can see it on his or her face. It may come after hours of hard, sweaty uphill climbing, but then when you see the view from the top of the mountain everybody's mouths fall open with a "Wow . . . " Or you might be trying to teach a Scout something for the fifth time and then they try it and they can do it. You will work for hours, days, even weeks or years for those moments but they are absolutely worth it.

Okay, that's all I've got for now. Hope it helps.


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