Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Scout led
Re: Scout led
Mon, 13 Dec 1999 04:02:11 -0500
<Dave Beaver wrote>
1. Is it important to have the leadership of Scouts 14 and older in such a
The actual age of the leadership isn't important. What is important is
communication between the junior leaders and adults, a mixture of ages
(that's the goal anyway), and plenty of opportunities.
2. How many Scoutmasters, ASM's and Committee Chairs would feel comfortable
with Scouts meeting outside their immediate presence as described by Mike?
I suppose this would include the new Scout Patrols
being sans adults but with the leadership of a Troop Guide(s).
You can count me for 1 each. It's really not as scary as you might think. I
have seen Scouts do just what you describe WITHOUT adults in the immediate
vicinity and the building was still standing when they were done.
3. Is it easier to have a Scout led program if a Troop maintains an active
Den Chief program?
It's easier to recruit new Scouts and bring in new blood if the troop
maintains a good relationship with one or more packs. Bringing in new Scouts
gives more current Scouts opportunities to lead which builds their
confidence in themselves.
4. Do the Scouts in the Louisville Troop (and other successful Scout led
Troops) actively and individually participate in activities outside of
Scouting, e.g. athletics, church groups and service volunteerism?
There is no hard and fast rule on this. It really depends on the Scout. Some
kids can handle all that activity and manage to enjoy themselves everywhere.
In some cases one or more activities suffer at the hands of another
activity. In other cases, the Scout manages to actively participate in every
activity he wants.
What never helps is trying to mandate participation, or demand that the
Scout choose between activities. Doing that usually results in bad feelings,
and almost never the result you want.
5. Do the Scouts take ownership of fundraising efforts or are these efforts
in the domain of adults?
This really depends on the troop. In most cases, fundraisers are pretty much
a committee effort.
6. Is anyone aware of a Scout led Troop in an economically depressed, inner
I have seen plenty of Scout led troops in "urban" areas (I used to be SM of
Part of the trick in developing a Scout Led unit is to be innovative and
give the Scouts a chance to show you what they can do. It's not that much
more difficult to build a Scout led troop in an "urban" area than it is in a
suburban area. The major difference is in the resources available. Urban
units usually have to rely on folks other than parents to fill the adult
roles. Fundraising in urban units tends to be more intense as well.
Regardless of the economic conditions, a Scout led troop is all about
confidence and attitude. If you build their confidence, and instill the
Scouting attitude, they'll learn and eagerly take on the responsibilities of
It does not, however, happen overnight. It takes time and effort from
everyone involved. The adults need to know where to start, what to do as the
Scouts learn to take on the responsibility, and when to take their hands
off. Then, once you've gotten where you want to be it takes some effort to
keep it going in the right direction.
AJ Mako, Scoutmaster, Troop 381 http://www.scouts381.org/
Great Trail Council, Old Portage District