Re: Patrol Leader Benefits
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Tue, 9 Apr 1996 23:37:55 -0500
Steve Robinson (and a fellow Beaver!!) wrote:
>I was looking for some ideas to show that leadership positions (SPL,
>PL) DO have their benefits. I think some of my boys feel (at least at
>this time) that being the leader only means a bunch of extra work and
>lots of boring meetings. I want the other boys to WANT to be in a
>leadership position sometime. Maybe if I can get the boys interested
>in being a leader, I can get the troop more boy run.
Possibly. What happens more often, Steve, is that the boys start
depending MORE on the "bennies of the job" than "in doing the job
the best way". For instance...
>One idea that I had that I discussed with the boys at the PLC meeting
>(which they seemed to like) is that the PL's can sleep in a tent by
>themselves on campouts. We have our troop's 2-men tents and we usually
>have them pair up. (I offered to bring a pizza to this PLC meeting,
>and suprisingly they were all there!)
Having your Patrol Leader to sleep by himself takes him out from knowing
just *what it is* to have a tentmate. When a problem comes up with two
tentmates not getting along, he may be ill-prepared to get "Well YOU don't
know what I'm talking about...you sleep over there by yourself!" in his face.
Likewise, even *I* show up at most places if I know I'm going to be fed!!
However, if I know that I'm going to be *held accountable* for my Patrol,
I'll be there as well. Most Scouts understand the idea of "being in charge"
even if they really "don't want to be in charge...I was just elected because
I'm popular!" You have to let them *know* that "that's part of the job!"
On the other hand, there are SOME bennies that your Scouts and other
Scouts in leadership positions get that the OTHER Scouts don't get:
* They get to be the first to know about what's going on, and they have
a BIGGER say in what goes on than the adults or (in some cases) their
* They get to participate in special training "campouts" and "retreats"
that the rest of the Troop don't get to participate in "because we're the
* They get to (or should be!!) attend local community meetings as
the "representative of Troop 000" (there's NOT a reason why they SHOULD
NOT be doing this....remember, the Troop revolves around the Scout,
NOT the Scoutmaster!)
* They get to "dole out" the food and make the work schedule during
campouts; and get to approve the recipes and food list; and inspect
the backpacks before leaving for camp; and get to make sure that Scouts
behave appropriately ...those things CAN be fun and not just "chores
I have to do because I'm the Patrol Leader".
>On my visit with another troop, the leadership boys got to eat first
>in the serving line. I heard them even comment, "Rank has its
Yes, it does. It also has it's responsibilities. Part of the responsibility
is that a Patrol Leader will see that his members are fed before he eats.
The idea here is not to refuse food to the leader; rather, if there's a
Scout that cannot eat a certain food or gets ill, the Patrol Leader should
be the first to know about it (instead of getting his grub and moving
off somewhere to eat it by himself!). Remember that the Patrol Leader
is the LEADER OF HIS GROUP OF BOYS.
>I've got a couple of the boys signed up for JLT this month, and I
>think this will help.
It should. What also helps is your Troop's conduct of the Troop
Operations Workshop and an insistance that they are the ones in
charge and are responsible for the success of the Troop's program.
>How do you folks do it? Hopefully, I'm not too far off base. You
>know, a tad too much of that new Scoutmaster enthusiasm!
No, not enough!! Given some time to let that "beavering" soak in,
Steve, and some experiences in working with your boys and the
Troop Operation practices from the literature, and you'll be a REALLY
GREAT Beaver Scoutmaster!!
...also used to be a Bold Blue Beaver,
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