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1 Welcome to Scoutmaster Specific Training 1

2 Introductions 2

3 Open your Boy Scout Handbook (older versions only) to page 1 3

4 4

5 Course Overview “Adventure, learning, challenge, responsibility – the promise of Scouting is all this and more…” 5

6 This is a Big Promise! It’s a promise to boys that we’ll help you keep by teaching you the things you must know, be, and do. 6

7 Delivering the Scouting Promise: That’s why we’re here. 7

8 Thousands of volunteers have been in your position… …and thousands have succeeded! 8

9 By the time we’re done, you’ll be confident of your abilities to succeed as the Leader of a Boy Scout Troop 9

10 Training Overview 10

11 BSA Training Opportunities Orientation and Fast Start This Is Scouting Position-Specific Training Appropriate Outdoor Skill Training Wood Badge Lifelong Learning 11

12 This Is Scouting Youth Development Basic Structuring and funding Resources available Review of the importance of ensuring that Scouting is safe 12

13 Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Review of outdoor skills mastered for First Class Scouts Camping, hiking, and other outdoor skills Required to be “Trained” 13

14 This training course has three sections: 14

15 Session One: Getting Started The Role of the Scoutmaster in a Boy-Lead Troop 15

16 Session Two: Lighting the Fire The Outdoor Program 16

17 Session Three: Keeping it Going Program Planning and Troop Administration. 17

18 Written Resources For Scoutmasters: 18 The Scoutmaster Handbook The Boy Scout Handbook Other BSA Literature

19 Troop Leader Guidebooks, soon to replace Scoutmaster Handbook Vol. 1: For new troop leaders Vol. 2: Advanced guidance for veteran Scouters 19

20 The Aims of Scouting Character development Citizenship training Mental and physical fitness 20

21 The Methods of Scouting Ideals Patrol method Outdoors Advancement Association with adults Personal growth Leadership development Uniform All sessions Session one Session two Session three All sessions Session three 21 Method: Covered In:

22 Session One: Getting Started The Role of the Scoutmaster 22

23 What a Scoutmaster Must Be A role model A friend to the boys An example, wearing the uniform 23

24 What a Scoutmaster Must Know That boys are the leaders How to use the patrol method The skills to deliver the Scouting promise The resources: training, literature 24

25 What a Scoutmaster Must Do Give direction Provide coaching Support Empower Have fun 25

26 Basic Troop Organization 26 Patrol Leader’s Council Senior Patrol Leader ScoutmasterAsst. Scoutmaster Asst. Scoutmaster Patrol Leader Patrol Leader Patrol Leader Patrol

27 Organization Chart for a Large Troop 27

28 Troop Structure Patrols Patrol Leader Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) Adult Leaders 28

29 The Troop Committee 29

30 Session One: Getting Started Troop Meetings 30

31 The Troop Meeting Pre-opening Opening (5 minutes) Skills Instruction ( minutes) Patrol Meetings ( minutes) Inter-patrol Activity ( minutes) Closing (5 minutes) After the meeting 31

32 Troop Meetings and the Scoutmaster Support and guide Senior Patrol Leader The Scoutmaster’s Minute Assess and review plans for the next meeting 32

33 Session One: Getting Started Working with boys 33

34 34 “We Did It Ourselves!”

35 Working With Boy Leaders: The Patrol Method “The patrol method is not a way to operate a Boy Scout troop, it is the only way. Unless the patrol method is in operation you don’t really have a Boy Scout Troop.” 35 - Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting

36 When it comes to working with boys, what are your greatest concerns? 36

37 Leadership is often a matter of providing what is missing. Keys to Troop Leadership –Be a good listener –Provide positive reinforcement –Match leadership style to the needs of your Scouts 37

38 Four Styles of Scout Leadership (EDGE) –Directing (Explain) Instructions to be followed here and now –Coaching (Demonstrate) Guidance and praise, learning by doing –Supporting (Guide) Referring to resources, encouragement and praise –Delegating (Enable) Letting Scouts do it with minimal supervision 38

39 What Scouting can provide a boy: Sense of belonging Achievement & recognition Self-esteem Confidence Self-discipline Self-reliance Healthy interaction Experience of teamwork 39

40 Session One: Getting Started The Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) 40

41 Planning troop meetings Planning Outdoor activities Feedback to/from patrol members 41 The Patrol Leaders’ Council

42 Session One Summary Role of a Scoutmaster Troop organization Troop meetings Working with Boy Leaders/Patrol method –Listening –Using the four styles of leadership The Patrol Leaders’ Council 42

43 You can deliver the promise of Scouting! What will your action plan be? 43

44 Questions? 44

45 Break 45

46 Session Two: Lighting the Fire 46

47 Lighting the Fire: The Outdoor Program Sizzle of the Outdoor Program Nuts and Bolts of the Outdoor Program Outdoor Program - Patrol Activity Reflection 47 Preview of Session Two

48 Session Two: Lighting the Fire Sizzle of the Outdoor Program 48

49 Outdoors: “the sizzle” The allure The stage Classroom without walls The adventure 49

50 The Challenge of Delivering the Outdoor Program Start out small and grow Boys and adults have different perceptions Learn together Know when to delegate 50

51 Session Two: Lighting the Fire Nuts and Bolts of the Outdoor Program 51

52 Skills and Safety The Two Elements of Adult Leadership in the Outdoor Program 52

53 Outdoors: The skills Key Resources –BSA training opportunities –Other adults –The boy-led troop using the patrol method –BSA outdoor-related literature 53

54 Outdoors: The skills Scoutmaster’s Campsite Quick Checklist Scout Outdoor Essentials Personal Overnight Camping Gear Troop Overnight Camping Gear Outdoor Program Checklist 54 The Scoutmaster Handbook Checklists :

55 Outdoors: The skills 1.Plan ahead and prepare. 2.Travel and camp on durable surfaces. 3.Dispose of waste properly. 4.Leave what you find. 5.Minimize campfire impact. 6.Respect wildlife. 7.Be considerate of other visitors. 55 Leave No Trace

56 Outdoors: The skills Giving back to the land We can make a difference Conservation awards 56 Conservation Projects

57 Outdoors: Safety Qualified supervision Physical fitness Buddy system Safe area or course Equipment selection and maintenance Personal safety equipment Safety procedures and policies Skill level limits Weather check Planning Communications Permits and notices First aid resources Applicable laws CPR resource Discipline 57 “Sweet 16” of BSA Safety

58 The Safety Sandwich Principle 58

59 Outdoors: Safety Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat Climb On Safely Guide to Safe Scouting 59 Additional Safety Resources

60 Outdoors: Safety Encourage boys to incorporate safety in their plans Step in if an activity is unsafe Set boundaries and standards of behavior Use appropriate leadership style to rectify problems 60 Scoutmaster responsibilities:

61 Session Two: Lighting the Fire Outdoor Program - Patrol Activity 61

62 Outdoor Planning: A Patrol Activity Winter climate Arid climate Rugged terrain Urban setting 62

63 Session Two: Lighting the Fire Reflection: A form of careful listening and sharing that allows Scouts and leaders to assess an experience and generalize, to get from it the greatest value it has to offer. 63

64 You can deliver the promise of Scouting! What will your action plan be? 64

65 Questions? 65

66 Homework Assignment 66


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