Scouting is a Game with a Purpose. Leadership and leadership development begin with an understanding of the values of Scouting. Scouting is a Game with a Purpose brings together thoughts on bringing the values of Scouting through to youth. Reference materials on ethical development, values, the reflection process, problem-solving, and resources for Scout leaders are also included
The Wood Badge Home Page. In 1919, when the first Scoutmasters’ Course at Gilwell drew to an end, Baden-Powell presented each participant with a simple wooden bead from a Zulu chief’s necklace he had brought back from Africa. In future years, these beads were to give the course its name. Wood Badge has become the foremost adult leadership development program in the Boy Scouts of America.
"Learning About Leadership." Adapted from Patrol and Troop Leadership, the handbook on leadership development written for Patrol Leaders and published by the Boy Scouts of America in 1972. It provides some excellent background and insight into the BSA’s approach to the subject of leadership.
"Leading makes use of many skills…." Adapted from Patrol and Troop Leadership, the handbook on leadership development written for Patrol Leaders and published by the Boy Scouts of America in 1972. Nine of the eleven skills presented at the Council Junior Leader Training Conference and other leadership development programs in Scouting are presented with practical examples.
In 1969, the World Bureau (WOSM) published the findings of the Boy Scouts of America’s research and testing of a new approach to leadership training in a monograph written by Bela H. Banathy entitled: Leadership Development: World Scouting Reference Paper No. 1.Dr. Banathy presented the results and an excellent summary of "Learning by design" to a meeting of the World Scout Conference in Helsinki, Finland.
The White Stag program was the source of new directions in leadership development in the Boy Scouts of America. The Heritage of the White Stag dates back to the 1933 World Jamboree, to several young Hungarian Scouts, and to a challenge made there by Baden-Powell to the Scouts of the world.
For the historical background of White Stag, Brian Phelps has contributed excerpts from his chronology of the original White Stag program: A History of the White Stag Leadership Development Program.
Manager of Learning: Resources for Leadership. The current leadership skill of "Effective Teaching" derives from the White Stag competency "Manager of Learning." This section, from the original White Stag curriculum, deals with "Resources for Leadership." It provides excellent background and insight for understanding the process of "Effective Teaching." The material has been revised by Brian Phelps, an active leader and author in the White Stag program for many years.
The Troop Leader Development Staff Guide (1974) presented a short history of leadership development and how elements of the White Stag program were incorporated into the leadership development efforts of the BSA in:The Historical Background of Leadership Development.
In 1976, after several years of testing an updated Scouting program, the BSA introduced a "back to basics" initiative called "All Out for Scouting." The key activity was a week-long course for senior patrol leaders, Brownsea Double-Two.The Brownsea program placed the emphasis on Scout skills, campcraft and Scouting traditions.
Both Troop Leader Development and Brownsea Double-Two continued in use for several years. Many councils experimented with combining the best features of both programs into a single youth training event. In 1979, based on these experiences, the BSA introduced the Junior Leader Training Conference replacing both Brownsea and TLD. This page is under construction.
From 1990 to 1993, the Junior Leader Training Conference program received an intensive review. A new Junior Leader Training Conference Staff Guide was published in 1993. Comments on the 1995 Revisionstakes a close-up look at the most recent changes published in the 1995 printing.
Since the first experimental leadership development courses at Schiff and Philmont in the 1960’s, the National Junior Leader Instructor Camp has set the standards for Junior Leader Training courses in councils across the country. A unique experience in leadership and learning, NJLIC leads the way by providing the most up-to-date training for those junior leaders selected to lead their local council courses.  The National program was discontinued with the introduction of the NYLT which is offered only at the local Council level.  The Northeast Region offers a regional course based on the NJLIC syllabus, but supporting the NYLT program.  This program, the Youth Staff Development Conference (YSDC), is supplemented by NYLT Adult Leader Training and the annual Alpine Conference also offered by the Northeast Region.
Resources for Evaluation at JLTC. Materials on participant, patrol and staff evaluation at JLTC from Pine Tree Camp, the Junior Leader Training Conference of the Viking Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota. These materials are designed to support the program as presented in the Junior Leader Training Conference Staff Guide (1993/1995 printing).

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