Re: The Great Basketball Mutiny
Blaine S Nay (b.nay@JUNO.COM)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 14:01:00 EDT
I understand the frustration. It may take a few (or even several) weeks
for the Scouts to get the idea that this is Scouting -- not basketball.
I find that there are a couple of key issues in making the whole thing
work. They all derive from the "Methods of Scouting" identified in your
1 - It's gotta be boy-run. Use the patrol method to the max. Your
Scouts, in the form of the TLC (Troop Leader Council), must be allowed to
plan the program down to every detail concerning meetings and activities.
You must occasionally let them fail in this effort, too. That's how
they learn leadership skills and become committed to a good program.
Your only input would to be intervene when plans are unsafe or
incompatible with Scouting ideals.
2 - Train your boy leaders. They need to know how to plan and execute a
boy-run program. Your "Scoutmaster's Handbook" has training helps. BSA
has also published a video and training manual which I've found very
3 - Make it fun. The BSA "Troop Meeting Plan" helps you break the
meeting up into segments that keep the meeting from becoming "lame". The
BSA book "Woods Wisdom" and "Program Helps" from your "Scouting" magazine
also have good troop meeting plans.
4 - When I was Scoutmaster, we almost always had some sort of skill
instruction. The meeting would later have some sort of inter-patrol
competition using the new skill such as a knot-tying relay race. Such
games satisfy the boys' need for competition and patrol-bonding they seek
5 - Keep the boys focused on some kind of goal that unit meetings work up
to such as a big summer camp, camporee, inter-troop competition, Scout
Blaine S Nay; Unit Commissioner, Western Alaska Council, Anchorage,
A Boy Scout for some 30 years...and I used to be a Buffalo.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City