scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Thanks for JLT help
Joel Patten (jpscouter@ATT.NET
Fri Apr 07 2000 - 12:12:37 CDT
I just wanted to offer a quick THANKS! to several of you who helped me try
to find the consensus excercise for my JLT which was held last weekend. A
special thanks to Mike Snell of San Antonio who provided me with a great
substitute for the Stranded on the Moon excerscise I was looking for. His
was Stranded in a life raft 1000 mile from land.
The JLT went great and some of the brightest kids discovered that the
consensus (or group effort) approach to problem solving yeilded more usable
solutions than they could determine on their own. Suprisingly, two
individuals did beat the group score but the excercise was still very
I'd be interested to know how other troops handle "follow-up" JLT's. We did
the JLT by the sylabus about 6 months ago (the one with the video featuring
"Tommy the Patrol Leader") and this JLT was a follow up after our recent
elections. All but one of the scouts had attended the earlier one. We
conducted this one as an overnight from Friday at 7:30 PM till noon on
Saturday. It was well recieved by the kids and I believe, fairly effective.
We had several learning games and some open discussion very very very little
lecture as is included with the one day JLT training. The kids indicated
that they enjoyed the open discussion and of course they enjoyed the games.
We used the games to follow up with a reflection and just a bit of guided
discovery. "Guided discovery" is when, after an activity, you have a
lecture that is so quick no one realized they just had one. With my scouts
that means it has to be under 5 minutes.
So what do some of you do about follow-up JLT's? We are going to try to
have one every 6 months (after each election) as an overnight activity in
the church where we meet. It is kind of a little perk for the boys in
SM Tr. 68
Cross Lanes, WV