New SCM-How to jump start the PLC
Barry Runnels (barry_c_runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Thu, 17 Sep 1998 11:45:09 -0600
>The possibility of failure makes success taste so much better. But
>remember your role as consultant. If they get stuck make suggestions. And
>if they decide to get rid of uniforms you need to step in as the master
>and say the BSA requires some uniforming.
I agree with Bob here but I wanted to add that you still can be the
consultant along with the master. As the consultant we can explain that the
BSA ask it's Scouts to wear the uniform because helps the Scouts understand
they are part of a world organization. The uniform sets all the Scouts in
the unit on equal ground and it doesn't know the difference between the rich
or poor, or A and C students. It shows that we are all part of the same
group (unit,team,patrol) and yet it allows us to show our individuality by
displaying rank, Troop office and special awards. We can explain that to
most folks, the uniform stands for character and integrity. Given the choice
of asking for help between two boys standing next to each other, the Scout
in uniform will be asked first just about every time because he is
trustworthy. The tradition of Scout uniform has an honorable reputation that
gives the advantage of being judged of high character before we even have to
The Master guides with knowledge and experience, not authority, so he/she
will talk with the Scouts at their level. The councilor will explain the
value of the uniform. Most of the time Scouts will usually make the right
choice. If they don't, then this is a good sign there are probably other
problems with their program. I like what Bob says by acting as the Master.
The master knows the value of everything we do in Scouting and is able to
explain them to the Scouts and their program. I believe if the master can't
explain them, then he/she sets the example of learning why or allows the
PLC to drop that part of the program. Everything we do in the Troop has
some benefit for helping the Scouts grow. If we can't justify it, then we
should drop it.
I personally think the uniform is one of our more powerful tools for
checking our program and the individual Scout. If your PLC enforces some
kind of uniform code and I see a Scout continually not following that code,
something is probably wrong. He got my attention anyway. If the PLC has a
uniform code and doesn't enforce it, that shows me there is a problem with
the PLC leadership to the rest of the Troop.
Bob brings out several great points about our role as adults in the units.
It's not easy and I find it very humbling. I wish it was as easy to do as
it is to talk about. It is very rewarding and a lot of FUN.
I love this Scouting Stuff.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City