Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Scout led
Re: Scout led
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 20:00:57 -0600
Dave Beaver wrote and asked about Scout-Led programming:
>1. Is it important to have the leadership of Scouts 14 and older in
>such a program?
It is, but it's more important to have the leadership, youth and adult, "on
board" and understanding that THEY are in charge of the programming, Dave.
The older boys, for the most part, will "fall in line" if the Senior Patrol
Leader and other youth officers are indeed IN CHARGE.
>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).
That's the way *other kinds of meetings are done*, Dave. In a typical group
setting among kids, there's no adults around....the key is that the kids in
charge need to have that guidance...and that guidance comes from the adults
involved in that Troop, primarily the Scoutmaster and his or her Assistants.
>3. Is it easier to have a Scout led program if a Troop maintains an
>active Den Chief program?
Maybe. But to *me*, the importance of the Den Chief program is one of
outward promotion and maintenance of that "pipeline" between a Cub Scout
Pack (or several Cub Scout Packs) and the Troop.
>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?
Dr. Stan Frager's Troop's members come from a broad swipe of Louisville's
east end, and do take part in school bands, karate, football, soccer, and
one of the Den Chiefs of his Troop the night I visited last, was informing
the rest of the Troop about a service project he was doing which wasn't for
a rank but because "his mom worked at the" place and that she needed some
help. I think that the key there was that they were "one of several"
there, but in Scouts, they KNEW that they had real leadership....and they
came ready to demonstrate that leadership.
>5. Do the Scouts take ownership of fundraising efforts or are these
>efforts in the domain of adults?
Don't know in Stan Troop's case. I know that in my own Troop's cases, the
fundrasing was done by both adults and youth, but the adults did the
large-scale events and the youth did the smaller-scale projects on their
own, car washes and aluminum can pickups. Of course, the youth (in the
patrols, because each Patrol was responsible for their own fundrasing) got
to spend their raised monies.
>6. Is anyone aware of a Scout led Troop in an economically depressed,
>inner city area?
It's not the location, Dave, as it is the *attitude* of those in leadership
and those supporting the leaders!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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