use of many skills….
George is a senior
patrol leader. At a camporee, the troop was packing its
gear, getting ready to leave. The equipment was spread
out on the ground, and each of the five patrols was
assembled around its equipment.
The senior patrol leader
was barking out instructions: "Trail Chef Kit —
first, the large pot." In turn, each patrol leader
would shout to his patrol to come up with the large pot.
Seeing each patrol
leader with the large pot in hand, George would bellow
out the next order:
plates in the bottom!" Then each patrol leader would
respond, the plates would be found and inserted, and the
next command would follow. So it went through the folding
of the tents and the storing of all equipment. The task
was finally completed, and everything was in its proper
place. But long before the job was finished many of the
Scouts were horsing around, learning nothing about camp
housekeeping or, for that matter, responsibility.
In managing the job this
way, George had the task under control but not the troop.
He had lost sight of the people while he got the job
done. How might he have done it?
At the patrol leaders’
council meeting he should have reminded the patrol
leaders of the task of putting away equipment properly.
When the time came to do it, he should have been casually
observing the patrols as they went about it. Where it was
being done quickly and well, he would comment on the good
job being done and go on. If he found problems, he would
offer to help, give the patrol leader a hand, or perhaps
note how it might be done better. If he encountered
disagreements about how to do it, he would resolve them.
So we see that control
is not being a dictator. Rather, it is using good sense
and skill to get the job done and keep the group
together. Briefly stated, control consists of:
instructions fit the situation.
the completed work.
- Reacting to
the quality of the work.
Your next patrol or
troop activity will give you a chance to try this system.
How will you know how successful you were? Ask yourself
these questions afterward: Did the job get done on time?
How do you feel about it? How do your group members feel?
Did you help those who needed it? How did others react?
Will the group do better because of this experience? Why?
Successful control gets
the job done at the right time, at the right place, and
in the right way. But more, it encourages the group to do
better next time.
makes use of many skills…." is 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.
Much of the original leadership development material
contained in the Handbook, including the eleven
skills of leadership, remain at the core of today’s
leadership experience in Scouting. Patrol
and Troop Leadership covered nine of
the skills presented at the Council Junior Leader
Training Conference and other leadership development
programs in Scouting.
Leadership" is 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
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
Revisions takes a close-up look at
the most recent changes published in the 1995
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
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
||Conducting a Council
Junior Leader Training Conference. Offered
for the first time this year at Philmont, this
program covers all aspects of conducting a
successful Junior Leader Training Conference. It
will be conducted during the Boy Scout
Conferences, from June 22-26, 1997.
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