"Scouting is a
Game with a Purpose"
You Should Read Chapter 10
of the Scoutmaster Handbook
of the Scoutmaster Handbook is a valuable source of
understanding and insight into the development of boys
and the deeper objectives of the Scouting program. It is
both practical and clearly written. The material below is
excerpted from the 1990 Printing.
new Scoutmaster is likely to approach his troop with
self-confidence. He anticipates that his enthusiasm
will excite his young charges to get the most they
can out of Scouting. Learning about the
characteristics of boys, how to motivate them, how to
deal with their behavior, and how to help them with
their problems will give the Scoutmaster the insights
necessary to enjoy working with his Scouts."
You Can Do
are a number of easy ways you can make Scouting an
interesting, challenging, yet safe place to be, a
worthwhile experience for troop mem-bers and an
enjoyable one for you. These measures also create an
atmosphere that prevents behavior and interpersonal
problems, while it motivates Scouts to do their
Scouting is fun. You'll be off to a good start if
you see that fun and excitement are planned into
maintaining your good attitude and persevering
when problems arise, you can show your troop that
difficulties can't stop a worthwhile experience.
your troop a safe place.
responsibility. Scouts need to be held
responsible for what they do.
fall into the trap of controlling the Scouts'
experiences and doing everything for them.
Scouts as individuals.
to their sense of belonging.
much as possible, treat Scouts as partners.
their need to know.
self control and he consistent.
with Scouts on experiences. This means you take
time to talk with them about their experiences,
ideas, plans, and desires. It's a con-versation
in which a Scout should feel free to voice an
opinion without fear of criticism. When several
participate, they learn to understand them-selves
and one another.
best way to deal with problem behavior is to
the problem first.
reflectively rather than reactively.
simple requests and questions to help a Scout get
control of his behavior, rather than trying to
control him yourself.
necessary, feel free to express disappointment
with inappropriate behavior.
criticize or degrade a Scout's character or
discount his feelings.
him reflect on his problem behavior.
information on ways to address problems see "Problem
Teaching Ethical Values
and Scout leaders expect young people to develop the
qualities of integrity and compassion for others.
They want them to know right from wrong. How can you
teach ethical values? You will find continual
opportunities arising from the activities and
interactions of your troop members. After an activity
or in the middle of a problem, it is a good idea to
stop, sit down, and discuss what happened. We call
information on ethics and values see "By a
and "Bringing Scouting's Values through to
is the process of discussing an experience to help
learn important lessons, helping Scouts to integrate
their previous knowledge with new learning and with
the views of others."
information on reflection as a method of teaching ethical
values and its use in the Boy Scout see "Thoughts on
Reflection" (under development).
service can increase the Scout's self-esteem and give
him a sense of accomplishment. In addition, it
provides opportunities for career exploration and for
learning about the world of work. It challenges him
to work cooperatively with others, to learn to
compromise, and to com-municate clearly. It
encourages skill development. It presents
opportunities to use decision-making skills. It
provides realistic education for responsible
information on community service as a method of teaching
ethical values, see "Community Service: An Extra
Dimension" (under development).
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