scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Being a good Role Model for Scouts
Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM
Sat Jun 17 2000 - 15:03:18 CDT
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From: Rik Bergethon <rberg@RMI.NET>
> Now for some things to do as a good male role model:
> Hmmm, I can't think of any "do's" just don'ts. Anybody got any
(notice I removed the word "male" from the subject line)
*Give the boys praise when they do something right, or even if they
did it wrong but tried their best.
*Be truthful when discussing the boys' strengths and weaknesses. Don't
sugar coat or exaggerate.
*Attend training and talk to the boys about it ... by setting this
example you make the boys more open to attending training for their
* Help others whenever the opportunity arises ... I remember once when
we stopped to help a motorist with a flat tire. It made us late for
Roundtable/OA Chapter meeting, but it taught the boys a lesson.
* Say "please" and "thank you", especially when asking the boys to do
something ... this ain't Boot Camp.
* Follow rules, laws, policies; even when you don't believe in them.
If you feel they should be changed, work at getting them changed
through proper channels.
* Keep yourself reasonably fit. (one of my weaknesses)
* Communicate with the boys on a suitable level ... don't expect them
to be adults, but don't treat them like infants.
* Show your concern for the safety and well being of the boys.
* Give the boys enough freedom to make their own decisions, then hold
them responsible for the results ... good or bad.
* Treat them as individuals.
* Be consistent in your behavior.
How's that for a start?
Jim Peterson Scoutmaster, Troop 379, Blenker, WI
Scoutmaster, Samoset Council Contingent,
National Jamboree 2001
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