Junior Leader Training-part 1
Gary McBain (GMCBAIN@MAIL.HENRYFORD.CC.MI.US)
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 12:56:02 -0400
I've been following the thread on Junior Leader Training for awhile and
thought I'd add my recent experience to the list.
Three weekends ago our SM and ASMs put on a JLT. We ran it sort of
like the Scout Leader Fundamentals weekend we had attended last
October. We split the 15 boys up into 3 patrols, had them come up with
patrol names/yells/etc. All ranks were equally divided up among the
patrol including the SPL and ASPLs. Younger and new PLs were put
with the older boys and so forth.
Our goal was not only to go through the official JLT program but also to
introduce the boys to the ideal Patrol Method. I won't go into why our
troop was not practicing the patrol method up to this point because it's a
long story. Suffice to say that our SM, me and another ASM went
through fundamentals together and are committed to bringing the patrol
method to the troop.
The JLT was held at a local camp, in cabins, and was scheduled from
Friday night through Sunday noon. The patrols (the Hats, Penguins, and
Suicidal Slinkies) planned the menus, bought the food (except for the
lunch session on Saturday, since it is part of the JLT program) and
cooked the meals. Saturday went well, the weather cooperated enough
to allow the various games and exercises outside. The video tape was
Throughout the weekend we encouraged patrol spirit by awarding patrol
goodies for most enthusiastic, etc. I had been at a seminar the week
before where a good number of companies had exhibit booths set up. I
asked the various vendors if they would mind donating 15 of their
give-a-ways to the troop as incentives. All enthusiastically contributed
(particularly when they saw their competitor's product in my hand). I
walked away with 15 insulated mugs, frisbees, keychains & sunglasses
(I couldn't' carry any more!)
After the formal JLT program, and after dinner we met with each group
(PLs, Den Chiefs, Troop guides etc) individually and went through a Patrol
Manual which I had put together. The manual had various things in it
including, camp table plans, cooking methods, recipes, troop policies,
skits, songs, roster sheets, campfire planning forms and various other
things (50 pages worth) I'd picked up off of the Internet, at Pow Wows,
scout conferences, Woods Wisdom etc. The patrol manual was to be
used to supplement other official scout resources.
We ended the night with a campfire program with skits, songs etc.
Everybody had a great time. Sunday morning we had a short service and
then awarded arrowhead necklaces which one the dads had made for
the participants. All in all we had a great and meaningful experience.
I highly recommend that troops buy/borrow the JLT package and put it on
even as a one day program.
Our chance to see if our JLT had any impact came about this past
weekend. (Stay tuned for Part 2)
YIS, Gary McBain
ASM Troop 254
Sterling Hts. MI
Clinton Valley Council
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