Re: Re: Uniforming
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Wed, 6 Dec 1995 16:51:05 -0600
On Wed, 6 Dec 1995, Paul H. Brown wrote:
> What I'm using the above examples to ask is just this: to what extent
> are the 8 methods (1) necessary, (2) nice to have, or (3) superfluous to
> achieve the aims of scouting?
> Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
I'm not going to attempt to answer the above question. It is a very
important one for each of us to consider, but given 100 people in a room,
you would probably have 100 different answers of great variety, and many
with very persuasive arguments supporting their opinions.
It's already been stated by others that all of the 8 methods are
important and are evaluated to some extent by the National Quality Unit
Another good source of evaluation is the boys themselves. They are the
consumers of the Scouting "product". A major emphasis during Scoutmaster
Conferences and Boards of Review is to find out how we're doing to meet
the boys needs. What to they like, dislike? What would they add or
change? What would their ideal dream troop be like?
I use the Patrol Leaders' Council to evaluate how effective our troop has
been in the past year. I give them a blank report card, usually listing
the 8 methods and a few extras. Then they give the troop a grade on each
category. We average the results for the final troop report carde. That
gives us vital information from the boy's perspective. If there's a
problem, they won't sugar coat it or let it slide by. The boys are
usually very direct.
We look over our strengths and weaknesses, then write up a set of
goals for next year. They decide how they want to address the weaknesses
and bring up our grades. They recognize the good points and the
improvements over last year, and decide how to maintain strengths or
improve them. They set the goals. Their annual program plan is based on
The boys have very good insight. It focuses them on the fact the troop is
more than just of bunch of kids camping and earning badges. This process
gives them a focus on the aims of Scouting, a process for acheiving those
aims, and a higher sense of purpose in carrying out their leadership
If someone wants to know what Scouting is about, attend training, get some
experience, and if things are still fuzzy, then ask the boys themselves.
You'll be surprised how much they understand. Sometimes it's the boys
keeping the adults on track.
YIS, Cliff Golden First Lutheran Church; DeKalb, Illinois
Scoutmaster Troop 33 firstname.lastname@example.org
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