Adult Leadership Training (ALT)
Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Wed, 9 Apr 1997 10:16:02 CST
>We had six new dads along with the addition of 3 second year dads, plus
>all the adult leaders. The hardest thing to do was keep our hands in our
>pockets and our mouths shut. Having been in the troop for slightly over a
>year during which time the adult leaders usually ran everthing, it was
>extremly difficult to not offer suggestions. The adult leaders finaly
>paired up with one other dad specificaly to remind them not to help.
We also started seeing this problem. Our Troop has tripled in the last
three years, so we have gained a lot new parents going on campouts. We had
one dad on his first campout with the Troop take over his sons Patrol.
We realized we didn't know how to deal with the new parents. Gary did a
great job solving this problem. I worked with the SM on the problem and we
realized that many parents don't know how Scouts work. They don't know
about the AIMS and METHODS of Scouting and think that we just go camping
for the fun of it. It is fun, but there is a purpose to everything and a
goal for the boys.
So with the help of Pete Farnham, I created a two hour Troop Orientation
course. In the course, I included the JLT film. Then I got some materials
off the net that talked about a boy run Troop and how an adult works with
the Scouts in the Troop atmosphere.
Most of the material came from Scout-L. I wanted to show that we weren't
alone in how our Troop operates.
Last week I invited all our leaders and new parents to the orientation and
it went pretty well. I suggested that we work together to help new parents
understand how a boy run troop works.
I also explain what we were looking for in the boy run Troop. I told them
once you know when things are working right, the fun in watching the boys
run the Troop successfully is just as enjoyable as camping out. In fact,
the fun in camping may get old, but the fun of watching a boy run Troop
only gets better.
I was surprised at the leaders who didn't really know what a boy run troop
was. The orientation gave them something new to look forward to in the
Troop and the Scouts.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City