Re: Troop J.L.T. - Info needed
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 9 Oct 1997 09:52:57 -0400
If you have two newly trained ASMs who contend that troop JLT isn't
needed, I'd have a chat with the members of their training team.
IMO (no humility implied), the two best reasons for having a SM, or any
other uniformed adults, around are
training of junior leaders.
Without trained scout (youth) leaders, the patrols don't work, the PLC
doesn't plan the program, the troop meetings are probably conducted by
adults, and the aims and methods of scouting are frustrated. The troop
might be a good recreational experience, but it will fall far short of
its potential to help boys become men.
The most important idea I tried to impart to my recent SMF students is
that they should get out of the way and let the junior leaders do their
thing. That an adult should do nothing that a scout was capable of
doing. And that appropriate responses to 99.44% of the questions they
were asked by scouts were, "What do you think?" and "What does your PL
Paul H. Brown, KD4UPD
I used to be an Antelope, WB 82-66
Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, Pack CC
George Washington District, National Capital Area Council, BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City