Re: Older Scouts mentoring program
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Mon, 13 Oct 1997 00:34:11 -0500
Dr. Steve has a great idea for his older boys:
>Each older boy will be given the name of one or two young/new boys. >They
will not necessarily be in charge of them as PL or Troop Guide, but >as a
mentor and troop friend. For those in fraternities, their big brother.
The only problem that I see with this is in insuring that this doesn't roll
over into other parts of their lives. Yeah, I think it would be wonderful
if every kid out there had a older, wiser friend that can help them along.
Sure would make life better for the parents, anyways *smiling*. However,
there's some that might take advantage of the situation that they are now
>The responsiblility is not for advancement, but for all the methods of
>scouting including being responsible for keeping them active. (Of the 40
>scouts that have left Troop One, 26 never attained the Scout Badge and >11
never completed registration.)
I personally like it and can't wait to hear how it worked out in your Troop,
Dr. Steve....I would like to add two "additions" to their responsibilities:
First, you've given us some stats on your First Class Scouts. If they serve
as positive Scout model to two other Scouts, with everything else going on
in their lives, what's to motivate them toward Star, Life and/or Eagle??
I would suggest that you incorporate some sort of goal for them to
accomphish in this new position...to motivate them as well as the Scout.
I would use a special neckerchief or slide (I'll explain in a minute why
that instead of yet another patch) to honor those Positive Scout Models that
*advanced one rank between the time he started modelling and the following
*assisted with the advancement of his partnered Scouts toward First Class
(they don't have to advance to First Class, just in your opinion as SM that
those younger Scouts are "moving in the right direction")
*continued to be examples of "quality scouting" (subjective, made by the SM)
Second, how do you "pair them up"? I can see having to be the model for a
kid that doesn't reside in my school district or neighborhood....it could be
something good for the Scout with the car and the willingness to "go out and
be of service" between Troop meetings....but what about the kid that doesn't
live nearby? Does he get "less attention" by his mentor?
Can you roll this up within the Venture program in your Troop??
I'm a little wary about the caliber of Scout working with my newest ones. I
think however, Dr. Steve, you can handle this easily by having an additional
Scoutmasters' Conference with each, explaining the importance of the program
and the importance of this to the growth and development of the Troop and
Now, the neckerchief. I would recommend a neckerchief because it's easier
to see from a distance the Partnered Scout and the Scout(s) he's working
with....it's also a visiable reminder of the fact that he's doing something
special within the Troop (like the Den Chief's cord does for that office).
A patch, well...we're so used to giving out patches for everything. Our
uniforms are just about used up with patches and it'll be hard for the
Mentor/Scout Partner to "give up real estate" for a special patch,
especially with some of your older Scouts that have been to some special
places and want to let others know that they've been there.
Neckerchiefs can be washed, they can be used in many ways, and like the
Mentor itself, can be useful to the Scout using him...if he knows how to use
All in all, Dr. Steve....I think it's a great idea, whether or not you use
my suggestions doesn't matter. What does everyone else think??? Am I
off-base with the comments about the "older Scout-younger Scout" pairings??
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