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25 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 374 – What’s Next, Email Questions
I get lots of email questions about… … troop conflicts. It may be volunteers arguing with each other, parents arguing with Scouters, volunteers arguing with Scouts, they all have a common thread, and most have a common answer. I also offer my simple advice for welcoming girls into troops, so simple you may not like it very much! I also talk about what’s next at Scoutmastercg.com Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes The project I mention in this podcast ksqfilm.com The post Podcast 374 – What’s Next, Email Questions appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
23 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 373 – Create Shared Expectations
Create shared expectations and you’ll have a happy troop. In this week’s podcast I answer an email question about a behavior problem. A problem that would never happen if those involved shared expectations. Ask Scouts to analyze their behavior in light of the Scout oath and law. Listen carefully, ask questions, listen more, share your thoughts, and leave this discussion with a very clear set of shared expectations. The same applies to evaluating the “judgement call” requirements like Scout spirit and active participation. We should not make judgment calls based on our own observations alone. Evaluating Scout Spirit is a prime example. Ask the Scout to explain the concept to you, ask them to use points of the Scout oath and law to evaluate themselves and see if you agree with that evaluation. It’s very likely that 99 out of 100 times you will agree with the Scout. If you don’t agree then tell the Scout precisely why, illustrating your thoughts with the oath and law. Continue asking questions until you create shared expectations of how the requirement will be met. Each Scout will have a slightly different take on the situation at hand, and if you listen long enough to what they say you discover a great many things about them and about yourself. Most Scouters begin with the idea that they are responsible for shaping and controlling behavior and evaluating performance. They dictate a set of expectations that their Scouts may or may not share setting up a confrontation down the road. When Scouts evaluate their own behavior and performance against the Scout oath and law they are actively forming their character. You can actually see character forming, sometimes you can almost see smoke coming out of their ears as they reference and build an internal standard. You can see the lights come on. Most Scout-aged children do not have any other opportunity to exercise this internal standard in any meaningful way. Most of what they do and how they live is dictated to them by adults or by the uncertainties of what is cool or acceptable to their peers. When you begin doing this it will seem like another adult trick, they will not really understand what is going on. They have learned not to trust adults, because adults have absolute power and have no problem welding that power to get their own way. When we recognize and trust a Scout we make the most of the Scout oath and law. You can’t hide from or lie to the Scout oath and law. Create shared expectations in this context and see what happens. Scouters can’t allow all issues to hinge on their personal judgement. If we reserve the right to punish or sanction behavior with our own judgement we miss out on the most powerful and transformative potential of our work. Naturally there are situations when you must be the adult and put a stop to dangerous or inappropriate behavior immediately. We also don’t accept every decision or every idea simply because it originated with a Scout. Everything we do has to be within the rules and aims of the game of Scouting. Scouters have to study these rules and be fully versed in the aim of our work to be the most effective guides for their Scouts. We don’t wield the power of our own judgement to reward or punish our Scouts. Scouters don’t disqualify them or sanction them. We count on the Scout oath and law. When you step aside and allow it to be the most powerful player in the game things start changing for the better. Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Guide to Advancement Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 373 – Create Shared Expectations appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
33 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 372 – Eagle Scout Advancement
When thinking about Eagle Scout advancement … .. we ought to ask “what is an Eagle Scout?” rather than “who deserves to be an Eagle Scout?” The answer to the question “who deserves to be an Eagle Scout?” is easy; any Scout who completes the requirements. That’s it. No more and no less. There’s no Eagle-plus, and no Eagle minus, only Eagle. When you understand that Eagle Scout Advancement becomes less stressful. None of the 55,494 Eagle badges handed out last year went to a Scout because they deserved it, but because they earned it. Nobody becomes and Eagle Scout because they deserve it, it’s not the Nobel or the Pulitzer prize handed out to a few deserving winners. You don’t win Eagle Scout, you advance towards it. When a Scout fulfills all of the requirements and passes a duly constituted board of review they receive the award. It was not my job to decide who deserves the badge, only to recognize they have completed the requirements. The 55,494 Scouts who earned their Eagle last year did not do precisely the same quality or quantity of work. They were not all equally meritorious. Each had individual limitations and talents. Each had parents and worked with Scouters whose involvement and skill were all over the map. A healthy percentage of them left a lot of work until the last few months of their seventeenth year. When we present a Scout with an Eagle badge we recognize two things – achievement and potential. We are telling a Scout that what you have achieved is a strong indication you have potential to embody the ideals the award represents. Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes BSA FAQ on girls in Scout Troops I am a Sasquatch music from last week’s podcast Bobwhite Blather Spring Advancement Updates Spring Advancement News Newsletter from the National Advancement Team Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 372 – Eagle Scout Advancement appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
32 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 371 – Webelos Patrols and Older Scout Issues
Webelos dens as patrols and more older Scout issues … Catching up on email questions this week I’ll talk about Webelos dens working the patrol method and discuss the causes of at least some older Scout problems. (If you listen very carefully you may detect a rant this week). Over thirty years ago I had 18 Webelos in my Webelos den. I survived that year (as did many of the Webelos). Webelos is challenging and fun, enjoy the moment, don’t get ahead of your Webelos and don’t treat the experience as junior boy Scouts. The next few years fly by, don’t miss a minute. What do you do when you see all the older Scouts hanging around shooting the breeze at their own table during troop meetings? One Scouter tries to approach the problem. They are stymied by adults who don’t seem to see a problem and Scouts who, while willing, are prevented from making any headway by adults who do everything for them. I’ll also share some messages from the mailbag. Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 371 – Webelos Patrols and Older Scout Issues appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
25 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 370 – Working With Older Scouts
Working with older Scouts between the ages of 14-18 … … is both challenging and rewarding. What interests keep them involved? Simply turning up the ‘wow’ factor doesn’t do much to keep them engaged, because they are looking for much more than fun. Respecting and understanding what older Scouts need takes patient observation and an open dialogue. Our expectations of older Scouts are often very different than what they are looking for. Older Scouts continue to need direction, but they want independence. They strive to win our trust and confidence while they develop decision making skills. They need us to be responsible, caring, and fair adults. Their interest in Scouting is still strong, but it is different than younger Scouts. Scouting can be a refuge from some of the expectations and pressures that push and pull on young people at this age. When Scouters act like bosses, drill sergeants, or teachers older Scouts walk away. When Scouters join their journey towards responsible adulthood they will remain involved. If we remain accepting and optimistic we’ll see the contributions they are making to their family, their community, and their fellow Scouts Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 370 – Working With Older Scouts appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
23 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 369- Patrols and Planning
Email questions! I’ll answer email questions concerning patrols and planning in this week’s podcast. I think what most of us want is patrols with long storied histories, stable membership, and high functioning Scouts. It’s my suspicion these kinds of patrols only exist in the pages of handbook. I had a dog eared copy the 1940’s era Patrol Leader’s Handbook as a kid. It’s illustrated with line drawings and cartoons of a bunch of cheery fellows doing great things in an orderly fashion. It depicts an idealized patrol that never was. I chased that idealized patrol for a long time. None of my patrols reached that state of idealized perfection although I had even had a glimpse of it now and then. Eventually I learned to encourage my patrols without chasing an idealized version of something that never actually existed. Another listener asks about patrols and planning when it comes to independent patrol camping trips. they want to know if I would consider limiting options for this sort of thing a usurpation of Scout leadership. I don’t have any argument with defining the choices. We play a specific game on a specific field of play and this limits our choices, you may say it lends focus to our activities. Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 369- Patrols and Planning appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
30 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 368- Constructive Discipline
Scouting discipline is constructive… … because it builds character through applying the Scout oath and law. When we think of discipline we often think of systems of rules and punishments. These things are more familiar to our Scouts than open-ended situation where they follow principles. Asking them to judge themselves rather than issuing judgments may be something new. They will catch the spirit of this, but it takes a little time, and a consistent message. We don’t need rules and regulations when it comes to discipline, and we don’t want them. Scouts find all kinds of ways around rules and regulations. It’s not as easy to find a way around your own conscience. Rules and regulations are imposed impersonally, the Scout Oath and Law are adopted personally. Constructive discipline is defined by the Scout oath and law. Scouts learn we are woking with living principles rather than words we repeat dryly during ceremonies. How do we apply constructive discipline, require accountability and promote responsibility? My answer is twofold – be an adult and be kind. When problems arise my best practical advice is working things out by asking lots and lots of questions and helping the Scout understand the implications of his actions. In almost every case the Scout will work things out with very little prompting. Compassion and kindness are not weakness, they are a strong influence in our lives, and at the heart of applying constructive discipline. Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 368- Constructive Discipline appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
28 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 367- Developing Youth Leadership
Why is Scouting designed around youth leadership? Most Scouters think a youth led troop is the brass ring of Scouting. What exactly do we mean when we talk about youth leadership? There’s much confusion and misunderstanding of this than nearly any other aspect of Scouting. Our perspective is often narrowly focused on things that aren’t all that important. If you’ve been following this series you won’t be surprised when I say engaging youth in leadership is a very simple, direct and uncomplicated thing to describe, and it’s actually very simple to do. Like most simple things it is also endless complex when you start to work with it. Somewhere I mentioned Scouting is like a game of golf or fly fishing. You can learn how to do either in a few hours, and spend the rest of your life perfecting your technique. Our main goal as Scouters is not creating leaders. The main aim is developing character by applying the patrol method. If we focus on building leaders we miss the point. If we build character we can’t help but build leaders. Youth leadership is not simply a cadre of Scouts sitting around a paper-filled table making plans. Young people lead themselves all the time, it comes quite naturally to them. You may not see this leadership if you don’t look for it, but it’s there. We need to learn to recognize that leadership, and build on it, so Scouts have the satisfaction and character building experience of leading their own troop. Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 367- Developing Youth Leadership appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
18 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 366 – Scout Advancement
How does Scout advancement achieve the main aim of Scouting? Todays talk about advancement continues our foundations series. I’ve written extensively in detail about many aspects of Scout advancement, but this is different. In this podcast I ask how Scout advancement fits into the overall game of Scouting. You’ll hear me read from Baden-Powell’s Aids to Scoutmastership – If once we make Scouting into a formal scheme of serious instruction in efficiency, we miss the whole point and value of Scout training, and we trench on the work of the schools without the trained experts for carrying it out. We want to get all our boys along through cheery self-development from within and not through the imposition of formal instruction from without. But the object of the Badge System in Scouting is also to give the Scoutmaster an instrument by which he can stimulate keenness on the part of every and any boy to take up hobbies that can be helpful in forming his character or developing his skill. “Cheery self development” is all about building character, but if we aren’t specific in our aims Scout advancement can become anything but cheery. Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Baden-Powell’s thoughts on advancement “Proficiency Badges” Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 366 – Scout Advancement appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
18 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 365 – Patrol System or Method?
What’s the difference between Patrol system and Patrol method? I have never found any actual difference between those terms in Scouting literature, but I will share acouple of thoughts to differentiate between patrol system and patrol method in a way you may find helpful. Over the next three podcasts we’ll continue our foundations series by examining three main things about Scouting: Patrol System, Advancement, and Youth leadership. Scouters spend the most time working with these three key pieces of the game. We first want to ask why are they a part of Scouting, how they function, and define our role is in making them happen. This week we’ll talk about the patrol system. Be sure to read John Thurman’s story in linked below in the podcast notes. They formed a Patrol and they started to train themselves, using the book Scouting for Boys as the only guide, but they found, as Patrols have always found, that there were many things they did not know, many things they could not find out and many things they could not do without the help of some adult, and so the practice grew of a number of Patrols getting together, forming a Troop, and usually finding their own Scoutmaster. John Thurman Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes John Thurman’s Patrol Story in Why We have Scoutmasters Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 365 – Patrol System or Method? appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
25 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 364 – Playing the Scouting Game
Some aspects of the Scouting game look like flaws… … but they are features we must not alter. Games restrict or constrain play through rules, the laws of physics, or human limitations and Scouting is no exception. We Scouters often expend lot of effort trying to fix things that don’t need to be fixed, or smooth over things that are intentionally challenging. When you get to know the game, the dynamics, and understand the field of play things become clearer and you become a better coach. The Scouting game is complex, fascinating, and multi-layered but anyone can play. In this podcast I’ll bring together the information I’ve shared over the past three podcasts and explain exactly how simple it is. Spoiler alert – it has something to do with going camping. Scouting is a game for boys, under the leadership of boys, in which elder brothers can give their younger brothers healthy environment and encourage them to healthy activities such as will help them to develop Citizenship. Scouting is not an abstruse or difficult science: rather it is a jolly game if you take it in the right light. Baden-Powell Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 364 – Playing the Scouting Game appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
17 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 363 – Scouts as Players
Thinking of Scouts as players … … fills out the analogy of Scouting as a game. Players volunteer to participate in the game. The most important volunteers in Scouting have more power and influence than the highest official. Without their participation, Scouting would come to a complete halt. They bring endless energy, resources, and real transformational power to their role. They are the only volunteers we simply cannot afford to lose. Scouts make a voluntary decision to participate and we Scouters have our positions only to serve the interests and goals of the Scouts. These simple things constitute the framework of Scouting, and they are all that is truly important. The rest is window dressing, it’s nice to have, but not essential to achieving the goal of the game. Our work is maintaining a safe, secure environment for all this to work. We maintain focus, and work with one Scout at a time. Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 363 – Scouts as Players appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
25 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 362 – Scouters as Coaches
Thinking of Scouters as coaches … … can help us understand our role in the game. These are just analogies – we aren’t actually coaches, and Scouting isn’t actually a game. Analogies are not exact copies, they only resemble what they represent. What a Scouter does may be similar to coaching, but Scouters hold an unique role in a young person’s life. We are part parent, part coach, part counsellor, part mentor, and part friend. In this second installment of our fundamentals of Scouting series I’ll talk about our role, and the deceptively simple skills we need to master. I may be able to explain observation, dialogue, discovery, and responsive application in a few minutes, but they take a lifetime to master. Scouters as coaches apply these skills to an endlessly recursive process to facilitate the game of Scouting. Our game is not competitive, our game does not end in a zero-sum win or loss. Our game helping individual human beings to shape and define their lives. Scouting is fascinating, fun, and sometimes frustrating work; but it is well worth our time. Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Frank Maynard’s Blog Bobwhite Blather Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 362 – Scouters as Coaches appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
20 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 361 – Scouting is a Game
We’ve heard this before, right? Baden-Powell employed the “Scouting is a game” analogy long before anyone else, and it is the best analogy I’ve found for explaining the wonderfully complex, intriguing, idea that is Scouting. We have to be careful because analogies break down at some point. While Scouting is a game in many ways, it’s actually something far more than that. In this podcast I’ll kick off a series of foundational talks about Scouting. I”d hesitate to call these talks introductory, because we’ll be trying to wrap our heads around some very big ideas. My hope is they help you make sense of just what we are up to as Scouters. Listen to this week’s podcast This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Happy Wanderer Opening Music All Time Favorite Boy Scout Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 361 – Scouting is a Game appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
7 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 360 – Happy Holidays!
Thank you for being a Scouter! Today I have a short story to share (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) I first read on Podcast 248 to wish readers and listeners happy holidays. The story includes Scouters in neckerchiefs, silence imploring, settling ourselves for a long winter’s snoring. Next week is Christmas and the following is new year’s, so for the next two weeks the podcast will be on vacation right along with you as you enjoy the holidays with your friends and family . I’ll return early next year with a new series of podcasts on the fundamentals of Scouting. Listen to this week’s podcast [00:25] Dan Dinkin, Scoutmaster of Troop 95, Baltimore Area Council, shared this story with me. [02:30] Twas our first night out camping (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Get a PDF version of Twas Our First Night Out Camping Music on this week’s podcast by the Pine Street String Band Banjo Christmas Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good The post Podcast 360 – Happy Holidays! appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
13 minutes | 3 years ago
Podcast 359 – A Tale of Two Scout Troops
Imagine two Scout troops, troop A and troop B. Both troops have “average” Scouts (whatever that means) who do what average Scouts do. Both have a well defined procedural approach to discipline and misbehavior. Troop A publishes a guide that defines the rules, how they are enforced, and penalties for breaking them. Troop B has no written rules, so they don’t have any measures for policing them or penalties for breaking the rules. An average Scout in troop A decides to misbehave in precisely the same manner as an average Scout in troop B. Listen in to hear what happens next, two very different responses to identical situations, it’ll stun the Dickens out of you. Listen to this week’s podcast [00:27] Troop 38, New Berlin Wisconsin, takes a tern for the wurst. [03:19] A Tale of Two Troops. This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Podcast 355-When Scouts Misbehave Constructive Scouting Discipline. Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good See all of my tee shirt designs! The post Podcast 359 – A Tale of Two Scout Troops appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
19 minutes | 3 years ago
Scoutmaster Podcast 358 – Scout Advancement Judgement calls
Scout advancement is not adults judging Scouts… … it’s Scouts meeting requirements with the support of adult volunteers – in Scout advancement we are all on the same side. We did not write the requirements. We don’t personally embroider patches to present to them. It’s tiresome and self-defeating to devise our own hoops for Scouts to jump through or impose our judgement on Scouts. Most advancement requirements are defined metrics, a few are judgement calls. There are two basic approaches to advancement judgement calls. The first is establishing a metric all Scouts must meet. The Second is setting an individual goal in consultation with the Scout. Having tried both approaches I strongly prefer setting an individual goal with, rather than for, the Scout. The whole thing should take about ten minutes. Sit down and talk to the Scout about the goals he would set for himself to fulfill the “active” and “responsibility” aspects of the requirements. Listen carefully before you speak. Ask him to explain how he arrived at that goal. See if it makes sense to you, and if it doesn’t ask more questions. If you do more listening than speaking you’ll get some insight into his life and help him find a way to make things work. Listen to this weeks podcast I’ll answer two related email questions in this podcast: [00:17] Orienteering Points [03:14] I think mom and dad doing too much of the merit badge work and he is not getting anything out of the program. What do I do? [07:26] We have an ambitious Scout with ambitious parents driving hard for Eagle, the Scout is involved in many other activities and there are concerns about being active and fulfilling the leadership requirements. This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes The Guide to Advancement required reading for every Scouter Check out these sections – 126.96.36.199 Active Participation 188.8.131.52 Positions of Responsibility Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good See all of my tee shirt designs! The post Scoutmaster Podcast 358 – Scout Advancement Judgement calls appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
22 minutes | 3 years ago
Scoutmaster Podcast 357 Kevin Callan and Winter Camping
Kevin Callan is here, it’s time to go winter camping! Canada’s Happy Camper, our friend Kevin Callan, author of the new Complete Guide to Winter Camping joins us on this podcast with his welcoming way of sharing his knowledge of the woods in winter. You’ll see right away how Kevin has earned the name “happy camper”, he’s a passionate, devoted outdoorsman. Whether it’s your first or 101st winter camping trip you’ll find the guide a fantastic resource. Kevin draws on a lifetime of experience and compiles the expert advice of many other seasoned winter campers and explorers. As you’ll hear us discuss ideal winter camping begin when the thermometer hits freezing and well below. The guide presents shelter, clothing, and sleep system options, and teaches you how to venture into the “paradise below zero” safely. Learn how to track animals, check ice thickness, make white pie tea and enjoy in comfort, rather than survive, the wintery world waiting for you. Visit Kevin’s website This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Get your copy of the Complete Guide to Winter Camping Gear and books discussed in this podcast – Calvin Rustrum’s Paradise Below Zero Garrett Conover’s Snow Walker’s Companion Read my review of Cliff Jacobson’s Expedition Canoeing The “killy kittle” Kelly Kettle Camp Stove Merino wool long johns from Woolpower and Minus 33 SOL Bivy for upgrading your sleeping bag Really cool 1970’s Glacier Glasses Neos over boots read my review here Lure of the North Anorak Kit Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good See all of my tee shirt designs! The post Scoutmaster Podcast 357 Kevin Callan and Winter Camping appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
22 minutes | 3 years ago
Scoutmaster Podcast 356 Energy and Vision
Expertise and experience are overrated Scouts need Scouters with energy and vision more than Scouters with expertise and experience. Scouts don’t care what you know, they respond to who you are. In this podcast I answer three email questions. The first (begins at [1:05]) comes from a new Scouter contemplating becoming a Scoutmaster, but is concerned they are inexperienced. I was a very inexperienced Scoutmaster, so I know you can do this. You’ll will make plenty of “mistakes” but those are really the joy of it all. What you really need to be a good Scoutmaster is energy and vision. What some experienced Scouters believe is important is really just window dressing. Aim your energy and vision at making it possible for Scouts to go camping with their friends and everything else will follow. The Second email answer (begins at [9:45]) suggests how to resolve a standoff with a Scoutmaster who refuses to do their part for an Eagle candidate. Another concerned parent blindsided by a, no doubt, well-intentioned, but wrongheaded Scoutmaster. Spoiler alert – another classic ambush where the Scoutmaster does not think the Scout has been active enough. Notes for the second email answer – Boards of review under disputed circumstances – Guide to Advancement I discuss who decides merit badge requirements are fulfilled, and how to make those decisions in the third email answer (begins at [14:20]). Many times these sorts of things do require making a judgement call, but there’s no reason a merit badge counsellor or Scouter make that judgement call on their own. Our work is developing character, and this is a great opportunity to do just that. We ought to make the most of the opportunity to apply the oath and law to these situations. Notes for the third email answer – Counselor’s decision whether to accept work or activities completed prior to the issuing of the signed blue card – Guide to Advancement Fulfilling More Than One Requirement With a Single Activity- Guide to Advancement This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good See all of my tee shirt designs! The post Scoutmaster Podcast 356 Energy and Vision appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
23 minutes | 3 years ago
Scoutmaster Podcast 355 When Scouts Misbehave
What do I do now? A Scout misbehaves, makes a mistake, or even consciously does something wrong, and things spin out of control, now what? If you hang around long enough your Scouts misbehave, and you’ll will be confronted by this sort of incident, so what is your plan? I’ll discuss an incident shared with me some time ago to illustrate some core ideas about the crucial things a Scouter ought to know. You can read more about the subject in Constructive Scouting Discipline. It is a continuous struggle to measure supervision against granting the latitude required to grow and understand the oath and law. We can’t compel compliance if we expect the oath and law to have lasting effect. We only have a lasting effect if they internalize the ideals we champion voluntarily as a shared belief. When I have had problems, and there have been plenty in 35 years, I am reminded that Scouting should be a very safe space for Scouts who fail, make mistakes, even those who consciously do bad things. Hopefully we surround our Scouts with compassionate, caring adults who have a sense of proportion and experience in addressing behavior problems in young people. In This Podcast [0:09] The steaks are too high [1:37] A Wedding Story [3:34] When Scouts Misbehave This podcast is brought to you by Patrons & Backers Podcast Notes Happy Wanderer Opening Music Get my book The Scouting Journey Get my book So Far So Good See all of my tee shirt designs! The post Scoutmaster Podcast 355 When Scouts Misbehave appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
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