scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Scout Led
Mon Nov 29 1999 - 14:23:30 CST
>so I was wondering, are there any troops out in scoutland that have been
>scout-led continuously for over 10 years, or even more?
I think it depends a lot on what Scout-led means to your group. Is it when the
adult tells the Scout what to say, or when the Scout learns from the results of
what he said. Is Scout-led when the PLC leads the Troop in program, or when the
PLC plans the program.
We have not been Scout-led for 10 years, but I have learned a lot in the six:
* All boys are different. Each SPL is a challenge.
* 12 year old SPLs are different from a 16 year old.
* Most Scouts don't really seem to enjoy leadership until about 14 years old,
then they love it.
* Adults have to learn twice as much about boy leadership as the Scouts to keep
up with the program.
* Every lesson is a lesson in learning for both the Scouts and the adults.
* Scouts will only lead as much as the ADULTS allow. Only a humble experience
and training seems to allow the adults to expand their boundaries.
I find the limits placed on Boy leadership at any age comes from the adults.
It's an adult problem, not Scouts. The adults have to get comfortable about a
Scout-led program to trust it. When it comes down to it, the limits we put on
the boys is trust. The only way to encourage growth of a Scout-led program is
trust the Scouts with more freedom of responsibility and learn from the results.
Get out of your comfort range and I can promise what ever the experience, both
the Scouts and the adults will learn a lot and the program will grow.
Great question, I hope we learn from others who respond. Let us know about your