scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Youthful Adult Leaders
Alexandria Lone Scout (scouts_alex@HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 19 2000 - 23:44:28 CDT
I migrated from scout, to ASM at 18, to SM at 21 within the same troop. It
worked because the older adults wanted it to and no one else would/could do
it. I was a student and had the time.
With the exception of the ASMs the other adults all had specialties. One man
was the Hikemaster. On the trail he was the boss. In camp I was responsible.
Where health and safety was concerned the adult on the scene took care of
the issues until backup arrived. My resposibilities included the weekly
chores and the nitty gritty working with the lads. One interesting benefit
was that I could keep up with the lads. The other adults weren't bound to
rocking chairs but were usually leadig from behind on backpacking trips.
With the Hikemaster and I both behind the leading scouts we were able to
exert control when it was necessary.
With good SPLs and PLs the troop worked well. Training as we know it today
didn't exist that I knew of. With 4-5 Eagles active in the adult positions
and at least one active at all times among the boys we had leadership 2-3
deep. I did that for 18 months and then again for about 2 years after a
break. This is the troop that continued to crank out the Eagles and have
annual high adventure events for the entire troop.
For the right combination of individuals it works very well. Given some
noisy second-guessing older adults the younger man may be overwhelmed.
Yours in Scouting,
Alexandria Lone Scouts, BSA
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