Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Instructors
Sat, 18 Dec 1999 19:23:38 PST
Here's a question about Instructors:
"How many of your Districts use youth and/or adult instructors to teach
We have been trying to utilize boy leaders in several of our District
activities. For two years, our Webelos Woods has been about 95% boy run day
of, although it is adult planned. The boys show up the evening before and
get assignments and supplies to run activity areas. We also use boys in the
registration areas to check units in, prepare check-out packets (patches,
beads, etc.) prepare final numbers, etc. It has not been easy going making
this type of change, because it had never been done this way before. There
was always an adult in charge of each activity area and boys were assigned
as "junior staff."
Our former District Camping Chairman tried for two years to establish a
District PLC, with representatives from every troop that was interested, to
not just staff this type of event, but to actually PLAN them. The problem
is getting youth to make the kind of commitment it takes to plan and carry
off an event for 800 to 3000 people! I hear that our upcoming Klondike
Derby (January) has been youth planned and will be youth run. Here's hoping
it is a resounding success!
In the Training area, for several years, we have used about helf youth and
half adults for our Den Chief Conference and are in the process of trying to
make this 100% boy led, with adult supervision. We'll see how that works
out. I'm sure it will be great if we can get the boys to make the
Our Council offers a week long JLT called Brownsea 22 which is mostly youth
Are there other areas where some of you have used youth run?
. . .and a good ole' Bobwhite, too. . .
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