Boy Scout Leader-Specific Training, Sessions 1 & 2

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Welcome
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Scoutmaster
Specific Training
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Introductions
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Open your
Boy Scout Handbook
(older versions only)
to page 1
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Course Overview
“Adventure, learning, challenge,
responsibility – the promise of
Scouting is all this and more…”
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This is a Big Promise!
It’s a promise to boys that
we’ll help you keep by
teaching you the things you
must know, be, and do.
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Delivering the Scouting Promise:
That’s why we’re here.
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Thousands of volunteers have
been in your position…
…and thousands have
succeeded!
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By the time we’re done, you’ll
be confident of your abilities to
succeed as the Leader of a
Boy Scout Troop
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Training Overview
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BSA Training Opportunities
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Orientation and Fast Start
This Is Scouting
Position-Specific Training
Appropriate Outdoor Skill Training
Wood Badge
Lifelong Learning
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This Is Scouting
• Youth Development
• Basic Structuring and funding
• Resources available
• Review of the importance of ensuring
that Scouting is safe
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Introduction to
Outdoor Leader Skills
• Review of outdoor skills mastered for
First Class Scouts
• Camping, hiking, and other outdoor skills
• Required to be “Trained”
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This training course has
three sections:
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Session One: Getting Started
The Role of the Scoutmaster
in a Boy-Lead Troop
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Session Two: Lighting the Fire
The Outdoor Program
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Session Three: Keeping it Going
Program Planning and
Troop Administration.
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Written Resources For
Scoutmasters:
The Scoutmaster Handbook
The Boy Scout Handbook
Other BSA Literature
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Troop Leader Guidebooks, soon to
replace Scoutmaster Handbook
• Vol. 1:
For new
troop
leaders
• Vol. 2:
Advanced
guidance
for veteran
Scouters
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The Aims of Scouting
• Character development
• Citizenship training
• Mental and physical fitness
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The Methods of Scouting
Method:
Covered In:
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Ideals
Patrol method
Outdoors
Advancement
Association with adults
Personal growth
Leadership development
Uniform
All sessions
Session one
Session two
Session three
All sessions
All sessions
All sessions
Session three
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Session One: Getting Started
The Role of the
Scoutmaster
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What a Scoutmaster Must Be
• A role model
• A friend to the boys
• An example, wearing the uniform
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What a Scoutmaster Must Know
• That boys are the leaders
• How to use the patrol method
• The skills to deliver the Scouting
promise
• The resources: training, literature
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What a Scoutmaster Must Do
• Give direction
• Provide coaching
• Support
• Empower
• Have fun
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Basic Troop Organization
Asst.
Scoutmaster
Scoutmaster
Asst.
Scoutmaster
Patrol Leader’s Council
Senior
Patrol
Leader
Patrol
Leader
Patrol
Leader
Patrol
Leader
Patrol
Patrol
Patrol
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Organization Chart for a Large Troop
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Troop Structure
• Patrols
• Patrol Leader
• Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
• Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC)
• Adult Leaders
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The Troop Committee
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Session One: Getting Started
Troop Meetings
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The Troop Meeting
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Pre-opening
Opening (5 minutes)
Skills Instruction (15 - 20 minutes)
Patrol Meetings (5 - 20 minutes)
Inter-patrol Activity (15 - 20 minutes)
Closing (5 minutes)
After the meeting
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Troop Meetings and the
Scoutmaster
• Support and guide Senior
Patrol Leader
• The Scoutmaster’s Minute
• Assess and review plans for
the next meeting
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Session One: Getting Started
Working with boys
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“We Did It Ourselves!”
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Working With Boy Leaders:
The Patrol Method
“The patrol method is not a way to
operate a Boy Scout troop, it is the
only way. Unless the patrol method
is in operation you don’t really have
a Boy Scout Troop.”
- Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting
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When it comes to working
with boys, what are your
greatest concerns?
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Leadership is often a matter of
providing what is missing.
• Keys to Troop Leadership
– Be a good listener
– Provide positive reinforcement
– Match leadership style to the
needs of your Scouts
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Four Styles of Scout Leadership (EDGE)
– Directing (Explain)
• Instructions to be followed here and now
– Coaching (Demonstrate)
• Guidance and praise, learning by doing
– Supporting (Guide)
• Referring to resources, encouragement and praise
– Delegating (Enable)
• Letting Scouts do it with minimal supervision
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What Scouting can provide a boy:
• Sense of
belonging
• Achievement &
recognition
• Self-esteem
• Confidence
• Self-discipline
• Self-reliance
• Healthy
interaction
• Experience of
teamwork
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Session One: Getting Started
The Patrol Leaders’
Council (PLC)
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The Patrol Leaders’ Council
Planning troop meetings
Planning Outdoor activities
Feedback to/from patrol members
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Session One Summary
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Role of a Scoutmaster
Troop organization
Troop meetings
Working with Boy Leaders/Patrol method
– Listening
– Using the four styles of leadership
• The Patrol Leaders’ Council
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You can deliver
the promise of Scouting!
What will your action plan be?
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Questions?
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Break
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Session Two: Lighting the Fire
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Preview of Session Two
Lighting the Fire: The Outdoor Program
• Sizzle of the Outdoor Program
• Nuts and Bolts of the Outdoor Program
• Outdoor Program - Patrol Activity
• Reflection
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Session Two: Lighting the Fire
Sizzle of the Outdoor
Program
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Outdoors: “the sizzle”
• The allure
• The stage
• Classroom without walls
• The adventure
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The Challenge of Delivering the
Outdoor Program
• Start out small and grow
• Boys and adults have different
perceptions
• Learn together
• Know when to delegate
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Session Two: Lighting the Fire
Nuts and Bolts of the
Outdoor Program
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Skills and Safety
The Two Elements of
Adult Leadership in the
Outdoor Program
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Outdoors: The skills
• Key Resources
– BSA training opportunities
– Other adults
– The boy-led troop using the patrol method
– BSA outdoor-related literature
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Outdoors: The skills
The Scoutmaster Handbook Checklists:
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Scoutmaster’s Campsite Quick Checklist
Scout Outdoor Essentials
Personal Overnight Camping Gear
Troop Overnight Camping Gear
Outdoor Program Checklist
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Outdoors: The skills
Leave No Trace
1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Minimize campfire impact.
6. Respect wildlife.
7. Be considerate of other visitors.
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Outdoors: The skills
Conservation Projects
• Giving back to the land
• We can make a difference
• Conservation awards
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Outdoors: Safety
“Sweet 16” of BSA Safety
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Qualified supervision
Physical fitness
Buddy system
Safe area or course
Equipment selection and
maintenance
• Personal safety equipment
• Safety procedures and
policies
• Skill level limits
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Weather check
Planning
Communications
Permits and
notices
First aid resources
Applicable laws
CPR resource
Discipline
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The Safety Sandwich Principle
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Outdoors: Safety
Additional Safety Resources
• Safe Swim Defense
• Safety Afloat
• Climb On Safely
• Guide to Safe Scouting
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Outdoors: Safety
Scoutmaster responsibilities:
• Encourage boys to incorporate safety in
their plans
• Step in if an activity is unsafe
• Set boundaries and standards of behavior
• Use appropriate leadership style to rectify
problems
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Session Two: Lighting the Fire
Outdoor Program Patrol Activity
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Outdoor Planning: A Patrol Activity
• Winter climate
• Arid climate
• Rugged terrain
• Urban setting
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Session Two: Lighting the Fire
Reflection:
A form of careful listening and
sharing that allows Scouts and
leaders to assess an experience
and generalize, to get from it the
greatest value it has to offer.
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You can deliver
the promise of Scouting!
What will your action plan be?
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Questions?
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Homework
Assignment
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