Lawrence Tuck (ltuck@EARTHLINK.NET)
Tue, 1 Sep 1998 08:27:24 -0700
Congratulations on becoming Scoutmaster. I understand your mixed
feelings, since I just took over as Scoutmaster myself a couple of
months ago. And, like you, I'm working my ticket.
As a new Scoutmaster, I'm using the Scoutmaster Conference in part as an
opportunity to get to know the boys better, and with the older scouts,
to solicit their input on how the troop and its program could be
improved--"I'm new at this and I need your help." This has to be handled
in a positive manner, of course--you don't want it to degenerate into a
gripe session--but I've found the older scouts have responded well and
offered some good, constructive suggestions.
The other thing I'd suggest is that if you haven't done it, take part in
an Eagle Board of Review. I understand that the process varies in
different areas, but around here Eagle BORs are arranged by the district
advancement committee, and they're always looking for scoutmasters to
participate. This has given me ideas for topics to discuss and helped me
counsel Star and Life scouts on what to expect going forward.
Don't forget to talk to them about their strategy for future advancement
in light of the impending changes in Eagle required merit badges.
SM, Troop 761
Thousand Oaks, CA
"...and a good old Owl, too."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City