HANCOCK, JEFFERSON T (JHANCOCK@MUSIC.CC.UGA.EDU)
Fri, 28 Oct 1994 10:32:50 EST
Hello everyone! Here are those JLT ideas that I have been promising.
My troop decided to really depart from the norm with our JLT a couple
of weeks ago with these suggestions.
First, we got letters from the White House, Governor, Police Chief,
and the Minister at our sponsoring church. We used these letters
at the opening campfire (ceremony). We asked these officials
to write about the importance of Scouting and in particular the
leadership of troops. It really made an impact for them to see how
many people are interested in this troop.
We also really tried to stray away from teaching camping skills
but focusing on leadership skills. As a matter of fact, the adult
leaders set up all the tents and cooked all the food for the boys
during the weekend. We used it as an opportunity to reinforce the
fact that leadership happens by example and that we all must pitch
in. Interestingly, the boys began to insist on helping with every-
thing! Amazing, backward physcology at its finest!
Anyway, our sessions included Communications, Group Dynamics, a
Ropes Course, and Committment Time. During the Committment Time,
we distributed letters to the boys that we had gotten from their
parents. We asked the parents to write a secret letter to their
sons encouraging them and praising them for their involvement in
Scouting. It was really neat for the boys to see that so many
people believe in them. After this, we had them make a list of the
things that the troop could count on them to do during the year.
You would be amazed at how many boys went above and beyond the call
Our troop is VERY much boy led and we are working hard to jazz up
JLT so we can keep it that way. I know this message has kind of
jumped all over the place but I am in class and supposed to be
paying attention. Oh well! Hope y'all have a great weekend!
Jeff Hancock, firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City