Boy Scout Troop 430 Millard, Nebraska Troop Leadership Training
Because Scouting is a boy-led program, leadership is a vital part of the program. Scouts in leadership positions run their Troop or Patrol. You, by accepting a role of leadership are preparing yourself to be a leader throughout the rest of your life. Among the many challenges you will encounter are: Organizing your patrol. Using duty rosters. Planning menus and figuring out costs. Encouraging advancement. Guiding a patrol in problem solving and decision-making. Teaching outdoor skills. Ensuring safety during outings. Handling patrol finances. Helping other scouts make the most of their own leadership opportunities. Introduction
The badge of office does not automatically make you a good leader. Leadership can be frustrating and disappointing. If you do no have knowledge, skills or encouragement, your leadership position will mean nothing. This training session is designed to introduce you to these skills. Once you are completed you will be eligible to wear the “Trained” patch.
This training session will be broken into three modules: Module 1 – Introduction to Leadership – Know. Module 2 – How to do Your Job – Be. Module 3 – What is expected of Me? – Do. KNOWBEEDOO!
Module One: Introduction to Troop Leadership The Boy Led Troop Empowering Scouts to be Leaders. Learn leadership by doing. Responsible for developing program. Figuring out how to achieve their goals. Leaders of the Boy Led Troop Scout Troop is a small democracy. Troop is divided into small groups each with its own leader. Leaders of each group make up the Patrol Leaders Council. The Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) Plans and runs the Troop program. Meets monthly to fine-tune events. Conducted by the Senior Patrol Leader. All patrols to participate, present ideas and concerns to be discussed. Scoutmaster attends to act as a coach and give advice but retains Veto power over the PLC decisions. “KNOW”
The Boy Led Patrol The Patrol Patrol is the building block of the Troop. Work together as a TEAM. Each Patrol selects a name, creates a flag and a yell. A patrol takes pride in itself. Three Types of Patrols Regular Patrols. New-Scout Patrols. Venture Patrols. Patrol Leaders Lead role in planning and conducting patrol activities. Encourage advancement. Represent the patrol at the PLC Set a good example. Other Patrol Positions Assistant Patrol Leader. Patrol Scribe. Patrol Quartermaster.
Anytime, Anyplace. Should be planned and businesslike. Planning upcoming events, skills practice, advancement, etc. Get something done. (PLEASE!) Patrol Meetings
Troop 430 Organization Chart Patrol Member Assistant Patrol Leader Patrol Leader Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Senior Patrol Leader Assistant Patrol Leader Patrol Leader Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Assistant Patrol Leader Patrol Leader Assistant Patrol Leader Troop Guide Instructor Chaplain Aide Den Chief OA Troop Representative Librarian Quartermaster Aide Scribe Troop Historian Committee Chairman Troop Committee Patrol Member Patrol Member Patrol Member Patrol Member Scoutmaster Assistant Scoutmasters Charter Rep Institution
Position Overviews Senior Patrol Leader. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Patrol Leader Assistant Patrol Leader Troop Guide Quartermaster Scribe OA Troop Representative Historian Librarian Instructor Chaplain Aide Den Chief. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
Within 3 months do the following: Have a Patrol name, flag and yell. Hold 2 Patrol meetings a month. Take part in one hike, outdoor activity or other event. Complete 2 service projects. Have 2 patrol members advance one rank. Wear your uniform at troop activities. Attend 3 PLC meetings Have eight Patrol members or have one new member. National Honor Patrol
“BE” Module Two: How to do Your Job The Scoutmaster’s Vision of Success: Troop 430 shall be and shall continue to be successful when: The Scouts learn to be good leaders. The Scouts learn and practice basic scouting skills and thus advance to First Class. The Scouts continue with their personal growth by advancement towards Eagle Scout The Scouts plan and execute all troop activities. The Scouts practice the ideals of Scouting (the Oath and Law). The Scouts practice the Patrol Method. The Scouts are exposed to and associate with adults on a mature level. The Scouts realize personal growth.
Some Goals Scouts plan and execute all troop meetings, campouts, PLC meetings, etc. Training (e.g., position responsibilities, running meetings, leadership, etc.) PLC members to review and familiarize themselves with their SPL/PL handbooks Use of the 7 point troop meeting plan form to plan troop meetings Patrols assigned real tasks and projects to perform on a continual or on a recurring basis Function as patrols Have planned and business like patrol meetings
Leadership Skills Basics of Leadership (Pg 91 PLHB) Have a good attitude. Act with maturity. Be organized. Look the Part. How to be a Good Leader (Pg 13, PLHB) Keep your word. Be fair to all. Communicate. Be flexible. Be organized. Delegate. Set the example. Be consistent. Give praise. Ask for help. Have fun. EDGE Training (Pg 99 PLHB) E xplain how it’s done. D emonstrate while explaining again. G uide while learner tries the skill. E nable by learner works under trainers watchful eye. Progress Evaluation – SSC (Pg 98 PLHB) What do we STOP? What do we START? What do we CONTINUE?
Progress Evaluation – SSC What should we as a Troop: STOP doing? START doing? CONTINUE doing?
“DO” Module Three: What is expected of Me? Senior Patrol Leader. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Patrol Leader Assistant Patrol Leader Troop Guide Quartermaster Scribe OA Troop Representative Historian Librarian Instructor Chaplain Aide Den Chief. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
The Senior Patrol Leader Is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the troop The SPL reports to the Scoutmaster
Senior Patrol Leader Duties: Runs all troop meetings, events, activities, & the annual program planning conference Runs Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings Appoints other troop junior leaders –with advice and counsel of PLC and Scoutmaster Assigns duties and responsibilities to junior leaders Assists with Troop Leader Training
And as with all other Junior Leaders - Sets a good example Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly Lives by the Scout Oath and Law Shows Scout spirit
The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader 2nd highest junior leader in the troop Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader Acts as SPL when SPL is absent Provides leadership to other junior leaders
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Duties: Helps SPL lead meetings and activities Runs troop in absence of SPL Helps train and supervise troop scribe, quartermaster, instructors, librarian, historian, and chaplain aide Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
The Patrol Leader The elected leader of his patrol Represents his patrol on the Patrol Leaders’ Council Reports to the SPL
The Patrol Leader’s Duties Appoints assistant patrol leader Represents patrol on the PLC Plans and steers patrol meetings Helps Scouts advance Chief recruiter for new Scouts Keeps patrol members informed Knows his resources –his other patrol members & other leaders
And again, as with all other JL’s Sets the example Wears the uniform correctly Lives by the Scout Oath and Law Shows Scout spirit
The Assistant Patrol Leader Appointed by the patrol leader Leads the patrol in the PL’s absence
Assistant Patrol Leader duties: Helps PL plan and steer patrol meetings and activities Helps PL keep patrol members informed Helps patrol get ready for all troop activities Represents his patrol at patrol leaders’ council meetings when PL can not attend Helps control the patrol and in building patrol spirit Sets the example - Uniform, Oath, Law, & Spirit
Troop/Patrol organization: Patrol scribe - keeps patrol log, attendance records, dues, budgets for patrol activities Patrol grubmaster - menu planner, food shopper, sees the patrol “eats right” Patrol quartermaster - keeps patrol gear in order Patrol cheermaster - leads songs, yells, stunts, and campfire programs Patrol chief cook - organizes cooking meals
Patrol Organization = Sharing Leadership The patrol jobs can be for months or only weeks at a time Rotate assignments - plenty of jobs to go around Sharing gives each scout a chance to “buy in” If each has a part in a plan’s creation, each will do his best to make it come out right
Troop Support Staff Jobs: Every troop needs troop-level junior leader support staff to get the job done “Behind the scenes” but still very important All of the following staffers report to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Troop Scribe Attends and keeps the official record of the PLC Records individual Scout attendance Records individual Scout advancement progress Works jointly with the troop historian to produce the monthly troop newsletter Set the example - Uniform - Oath - Law - Spirit
Troop Quartermaster Keeps records of patrol and troop equipment Ensures equipment is in good working order Issues equipment and ensures it is returned in good condition Suggests new or replacement items Set the example - Uniform - Oath - Law - Spirit
Chaplain Aide Assists troop chaplain with religious services Tells scouts about religious emblem program Ensures religious holidays considered in troop program planning Plans religious observances at troop outings Set the example - Uniform - Oath - Law - Spirit
Troop Librarian Sets up and cares for troop library –records new troop books and pamphlets –runs troop lending library and follows up on late returns Set the example - Uniform - Oath - Law - Spirit
Troop Historian Gathers pictures and facts about past troop activities Keeps troop historical file and/or scrapbook Cares for troop trophies, ribbons, souvenirs Keeps information about former troop members Set the example – Uniform - Oath - Law - Spirit
Troop Guide Help Scouts advance. Advise PL on his duties. Attend PLC meetings with the new Scout patrol leader. Prevent harassment of new Scouts by older Scouts. Help SM\ASM train new patrol leader when he is elected. Guide new Scouts through early troop experiences to help them become comfortable. Set a good example.
Motivation Motivating Scouts to Lead Why be a Leader? Choice to give instead of receive. Servant Leadership. Helping Patrol succeed. Earn respect as a good leader. Providing Leadership (Pg 102 PLHB) Shared values (Oath and Law). Vision of success. Recognize diversity. Act the part. Draw on differences. Make meetings count. Respect others.
Other Leadership Challenges (Pg 103 PLHB) Patrol disappointments Putting out fires Celebrating success Conflict resolution Inappropriate behavior
How will I know I am leading well? (Pg 12 PLHB) You are doing your best. Review of patrol activities. Know your Patrol. Learn from successes and failures. E.D.G.E. S.S.C.
Assignment for JL’s Get to know the Scouts you are responsible for leading. Find out what they need.
Review Leadership is a vital part of the Scouting program. By accepting a role of leadership are preparing yourself to be a leader throughout the rest of your life. The badge does not make you a good leader. Leadership can be frustrating and disappointing. If you do no have the knowledge, skills or encouragement, your leadership position will mean nothing. KNOWBEEDOO! What you must Know, Be and Do to be a Good Leader
Troop Function and Structure Empowerment Leaders of a Democracy Patrol Leaders Council 3 Types of Patrols Patrol Leaders and Other Patrol Positions Patrol Meetings National Honor Patrol Award Troop Organizational Chart Position Overviews
Vision The Scoutmaster’s Vision of Success The Scout Oath The Scout Law Basics of Leadership How to be a Good Leader EDGE Training Progress Evaluation (SSC)
Executing Position Cards Leadership Motivation Servant Leadership Providing Leadership/Putting it all Together Other Leadership Challenges Self Evaluation (SSC, Edge, Patrol Review) Your Vision of Success
Thank You Please be sure to fill out and turn in your course evaluation form before you leave.