Re: Junior Leader Contracts
Charlie Thorpe (charlie2@RO.COM)
Thu, 10 Oct 1996 11:45:02 -0600
Hello Peter -
>...I welcome comments...
We have used contracts for our Junior Leaders for years. We have developed
a form that allows each boy to define his job for his next tour of office.
He works with his personal Assistant Scoutmaster (we assign an adult leader
to each of the Troop-level JL's and the PL's) to develop his own contract
and then he, the SPL, and his SA signs it.
There is an evaluation form on the back that allows a mid-term and final
evaluation to be done by all who signed the contract in the first place.
Problems discovered during the mid-term eval can be worked on during the
2nd half of his tenure. All must agree during the final eval that he
performed up to the spirit of his contract or he will not be allowed to use
that tenure for any Troop "perks" (advancement, group recognition's,
prerequisite for higher job, etc.).
We developed the contract because we decided that we were doing the kids a
disservice if we just automatically gave them credit for wearing the job
patch (no performance requirements). We feel strongly that we would be
denying the Scouts a very important "leadership laboratory" growth
experience if we didn't set standards and expect them to stretch to meet
those standards. We are quite willing to allow a Scout to fail to do his
job and therefore NOT get the personal benefits that would come from having
done that job.
Allowing a Scout to "fail" (a better term is to "not succeed"...since he
gets to try and try again till he gets it right <g>) can make it tough on
other Junior Leaders who have to do his job for him. We do feel, however,
that learning to compensate for poor leadership around us is one of the
things that we should be allowing our Scouts to learn in our carefully
contrived growth environment.
We have discovered that our program consistency improved considerably when
we started using the contracts. Every now and then we "forget" to do them
for one batch of JL's or another (we change job holders on a six month
cycle)...but, we always come back to using them <g>. We have discovered
the happy result that we almost NEVER have to deny credit for job tenure
when the boys start out knowing what they are supposed to do and get a
meaningful chance to get a realistic mid-term "redirection" <g>.
I would be happy to share a copy of our Leadership Contract with you if you
are interested. In fact, I would like to offer a swap so that we can get
some ideas from yours! I have the contract on my Mac in MacDraw Pro file
format. I can easily save as PICT and can just as easily convert to .gif
or JPEG if you would rather. I have a new program that (I think...) lets
me convert anything to anything...I am itching to try it out (tell me what
extension you need)! If all else fails, we could go back to the dark ages
and snail paper <g>.
Let me know if you would like to swap!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City