Re: Youth Led Explorer Posts
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Fri, 19 Sep 1997 14:14:14 -0500
Cindy King asked for a friend:
>How do you keep an Explorer Post youth led?
*By training the YOUTH leadership and the ADULT leadership TOGETHER each
year. This reinforces the Exploring program among everyone and also allows
for those youth to plan and develop the Post
program as it should be done.
*By insisting that YOUTH LEAD and adults sit in the back and advise.
LEAD means that every aspect of the Post meeting....from the pre-stuff of
meeting guests, setting up the meeting place, and conducting the meeting to
actually doing the "leg work" for the program or activity....is done,
coordinated and performed by YOUTH members with very little adult help.
Teens are good at being able to work together in small groups or by
themselves, and that's where you'll have to make sure that you "know the
resources of your group".
*By making sure that EVERY YOUTH LEADER HAS A JOB DESCRIPTION AND
UNDERSTANDS IT. Lots of adults want to somehow "horn in" onto what a youth
leaders is doing, and if you have that job description handy, many times it
keeps those adults that "don't think you know what's going on" from "coming
in and rescuing you".
*By making sure that the Exploring process allows for YOUTH TO SUCCEED OR
FAIL ON THEIR OWN TERMS. We always want our youth leaders to really do
well, but we don't understand that a lot of times failure brings with it a
clarity that you don't get with "having people prop you up" as many of us
are used to doing. In my four Explorer Posts that I've served as Advisor
for, I have provided a guideline, an outline, some advice. If they choose
to do it "their own way", I let them. When it succeeds, I've learned
something (and so have they). When it fails, I'm there to patch it as best
I could and to provide that evaluation and coaching as to why it failed and
what can be possibly done to keep this from occuring again. That's the
learning process, and it's a part of life.
That in part is what Exploring is all about....
This last point is so very hard for we adults to do, especially when we are
close to many of the youth in our units. We want so hard for them to do
well in everything, that a lot of times we'll try to "keep the bad stuff
from happening to them" and thereby they eventually raise their hands up and
say "Why do this?? He's gonna come in here and "save the day" again, so why
should I even try??" When you're not there to "save the day", the first
comment that comes out is "If you knew this wasn't going to work, why didn't
you say so??"
"Because I want you to experience this for yourself. For all I know, it
COULD have worked.....and then where would I be?", I would answer.
Such "guided discoveries" are explained in the Exploring Leader Basic
Training course as well as the Post Leader Workshop, both key courses for
your youth and adults to participate in and use in your Post operation.
If your Council is not offering those two courses, they should be and you
should be banging on your Exploring Director/Executive's desk and letting
him or he know so.
Good luck and let Cindy know what's going on (and Cindy, thanks for passing
the question onto all of us and please let us know what you've found out
from him or her!!)
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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