Tim Falend (MrF161@AOL.COM)
Thu, 2 Nov 1995 12:16:33 -0500
Leadership Corps, to be or not to be?
I have read the thread on this issue and felt it was time to respond. For
some it will work and for some it will not. It is all a matter of how it is
handled. In our Troop what we do is we have the Leadership Corps work as a
patrol but we add the Adults to that patrol too. What happens is that the
Leadership Corps goes out into the field working with the patrols and
assisting patrol leaders as needed (the new classification would be they are
serving as Troop Guides). The adults share in the duties of the patrol. This
ends up being a rather large patrol so when duties are assigned, there are
always extra people to go work with the other patrols. The way that scouts
get into the Leadership Corps is that they are voted in by the Corps. They
have to be a Life Scout, demonstrate leadership, be a good example and then
they go through what is called a Leadership Corps board of review. During the
BOR the corps discusses what the expectation of a Leadership Corps member is,
finds out the scout's attitude about scouting, etc. We (Leadership Corps and
myself as Scoutmaster) discuss the candidates before a decision in made.
Those that do not make it into the Corps have an opportunity to ask why not
and we will discuss what they need to improve on prior to being appointed to
the Leadership Corps. At times we will move these scouts where they can
demonstrate more leadership (offer to let them move to ASSIST a weaker patrol
if their present patrol has larger group Leadership Corps candidates). We
have a limit to the size Leadership Corps as well. The Leadership Corps also
does plan things as a patrol and at times serves a role model for the other
patrols. For us it works great and the scouts strive to get into this patrol.
I feel it keeps them on their toes and when they are in Leadership Corps. I
as a Scoutmaster have much more contact with them (understand that our troop
has 60+ scouts so my time is limited, the assistants help) to help instill
Scouting ideals and principles. The Leadership Corps works very much with the
PLC but also identifies problems and works on solutions to these problems so
that the PLC can work on the program. I personally would not have it any
other way. It works for us, it may not for a smaller group, it has been a
while since I have had that experience. I will tell you that right now I have
about 14 scouts (23%) that are 16 years or older in the program. It is hard
to say that they are not an asset to the younger scouts. They love it as
well. I can only talk about my experience.
Now the reason that I heard for elimination the Leadership Corps was it
created a group of scouts that ended up hazing the younger scouts. The reason
that they separated the ages was to eliminate the possibility of this hazing.
I can understand that reason, but that is something that should be address by
the leadership of the troop. To me that is a lack of good leadership of the
troop. Don t eliminate the entire program for one problem, retrain the
leaders to deal with the problem.
MrF161@aol.com (Tim Falend)
OA Brotherhood- Eagle Class of 81- Woodbadge Eagle too!
Scoutmaster Troop 161- Racine, Wis
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