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1 Welcome to Scoutmaster Specific Training

2 Introductions

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


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

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.

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

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

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

10 Training Overview

11 BSA Training Opportunities
Orientation and Fast Start This Is Scouting Position-Specific Training Appropriate Outdoor Skill Training Wood Badge Lifelong Learning There’s a progression of training opportunities in the BSA, starting with click before each bullet item Orientation and Fast Start – Accompanied by a video, these provide a non-structured introduction to the Scouting organization. This Is Scouting – This is an on-line overview of the values, vision, and mission of the Boy Scouts of America, and an introduction to each of the Scouting programs. Position-Specific Training – Contained in this training are the nuts and bolts of specific positions in Scouting. Adult leaders can learn how best to fulfill their particular leadership roles in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, or Venturing, or as district or council Scouters involved with multiple Scouting program areas. Appropriate Outdoor Skill Training – Training opportunities are targeted to enhance the outdoor skills needed by leaders in Scouting’s various programs. Wood Badge – The BSA’s ultimate leadership training for adults, Wood Badge offers a six-day immersion in the theory, practice, and experience of appropriate skills for leading others within Scouting and in many environments beyond the BSA. Lifelong Learning – In addition to its progression of structured training, the BSA encourages leaders to take advantage of opportunities for continuous learning and supplemental training within the Scouting organization -- roundtables, pow wows, COPE courses, University of Scouting, Scouting publications, special courses tailored to specific program areas of emphasis, etc. – and the great variety of possibilities beyond the BSA to increase skills. Lifelong learning is further enhanced when adults accept the challenge of teaching skills to others. The front end of this, the progression of BSA training, is skills-oriented. In the middle, the emphasis is on leadership. That will be our emphasis here on NE-II After that, the focus is on advanced skills that require leadership. click for next slide

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

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”

14 This training course has three sections:

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

16 Session Two: Lighting the Fire
The Outdoor Program

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

18 Written Resources For Scoutmasters:
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

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

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

22 Session One: Getting Started
The Role of the Scoutmaster

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

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

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

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

27 Organization Chart for a Large Troop

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

29 The Troop Committee

30 Session One: Getting Started
Troop Meetings

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

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

33 Session One: Getting Started
Working with boys

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.” - Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting

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

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

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

39 What Scouting can provide a boy:
Sense of belonging Achievement & recognition Self-esteem Confidence Self-discipline Self-reliance Healthy interaction Experience of teamwork Chapter 11, Scoutmaster’s Handbook

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

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

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

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

44 Questions?

45 Break

46 Session Two: Lighting the Fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

57 Outdoors: Safety “Sweet 16” of BSA 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

58 The Safety Sandwich Principle

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

60 Outdoors: Safety Scoutmaster responsibilities:
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

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

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

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.

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

65 Questions?

66 Homework Assignment

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