Troop Leadership & Adventure
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Sat, 10 Sep 1994 01:01:11 -0400
Glad you're aboard and not just lurking anymore. I have a few ideas that
I hope may be helpful to you:
1. If your District or Council has a fall Junior Leader Training (JLT)
course available, try to get as many of your potential leaderhip Scouts as
possible to sign up. I've seen Scouts with litlle or no leadership
interest leave the one day course totally pumped up, when the course
leadership was good.
2. If you can't find a JLT course, try to get a copy of the course
syllabus and run your own (unless approved by Council they won't get to
wear the trained strip or JLT patch, but they will learn skills). Some
Councils have a Troop version of the course available as well.
3. Try a special senior leader's retreat and planning week-end where the
new youth leaders get to spend part of the weekend doing something thats a
lot of fun mixed with a few stops at local pizza/hamburg type joints. The
rest would be a year long planning session. Give them the lure, then
watch 'em swim.
4. For the older Scouts that are beginning to leave, think about starting
a venture crew for some really challenging outings.
5. If the interest in girls is picking up steam, think about starting an
Explorer Post, which can be coed and separate from the younger Scouts that
they are begining to want to get away from. A Post can specialize in
almost anything from High Adventure to Space Exploration.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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