Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@USSCOUTS.ORG)
Fri, 18 Sep 1998 21:07:11 -0400
THE BASICS FOR BOY SCOUT ADULT LEADERS
Boy Scouting is about helping youth grow in character,
citizenship and fitness. Use all the methods of
Scouting, but don't let any method become an end
Adults are there as a role model and to coach, advise,
assist, and help. Set the example by your conduct.
Scouts learn from what they see more than what
See the program through the eyes of a boy. If it isn't
fun, exciting, and stimulating, why should he come?
Good program sells. Corporate rules belong in board
rooms, not in campsites.
Interest wains, if it isn't a Scout-run program - let
the boys do everything they can for themselves. If
they fall down, help them get back up and let 'em
Coach, cajole if necessary, but don't try to be the SPL.
Remember you are supposed to be the adult -- the one
who has great advice, not the one who does everything.
Serve the interests of each Scout. Scout Leadership only
works when the adults see each boy for what he can be
and work with each boy to be the best he can be.
Scouting is about individual young men, not herds of kids.
(c)1998 Michael F. Bowman
Michael F. Bowman --- Professor Beaver NE-CS-41
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