What is ITLS? – Introduction to Leadership Skill

Training of the elected youth leaders of your unit is the unit’s responsibility.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) Activities encountered by a troop’s youth leaders might include;

  • Assigning responsibility to others
  • Planning, organizing, and leading activities and meetings
  • Planning menus and figuring out food costs• Encouraging advancement
  • Guiding a troop’s involvement in problem-solving
  • Teaching outdoor, sports, or craft skills
  • Ensuring the troop’s safety during meetings and outings
  • Helping other Boy Scouts make the most of their own leadership opportunities

MODULE ONE—TROOP ORGANIZATION includes a description of each leadership position in the troop, including roles and responsibilities, troop organization, and introductions to vision and servant leadership.

MODULE TWO—TOOLS OF LEADERSHIP covers some core skill sets to help the Scout lead, including communicating, planning, and teaching.

MODULE THREE—LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK incorporate additional leadership tools for the Scout, including discussions of teams and team characteristics, the stages of team development and leadership, inclusion/using your team, a more in-depth review of vision, and ethics and values of a leader.

⚜️ Note: Scoutmaster should encourage scouts to attend National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) each time it’s offered in your area. This is a week of training that will improve leadership skills and result in a better troop. Some troops even help pay for some of the costs knowing the benefits. Here is a link for more information. https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/resources/nylt/

🌎 Training for Youth: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth/

📄 Adult leader syllabus for ILST: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/training/pdf/ILST_IntroSyllabus_9_11.pdf

🎬 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops: https://youtu.be/sdnZMGypZiY

🎬 NYLT Promo https://youtu.be/BFUdFQGRJe0

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Unit Fundraising – 3 Types of Scout Fundraising 💲 Money, Dollars, Bucks, Cash, Moo-La!

Scouting cannot happen without fundraising. All too often parents tend to be relied on for funding their youth through the program. The scout should be allowed to do fundraising for their own program. This teaches valuable life lessons that the youth should not rely 100% on family funding. This also gives the scout opportunity to learn the meaning of thrifty and helpful. This video is intended to explain the different types of fundraising opportunities in scouting.

There are three types of Scout unit fundraisers:
1. Council Sponsored – Popcorn, Camp Cards, etc. (Paperwork is covered.)

  • The Council fronts the money for the fundraising campaigns.
  • Three-way split of sales. The Scout/Unit, Council, and Vendor.
2. Unit Sponsored – Chocolate/BeefSticks, Christmas Trees, etc. (Paperwork & approvals required.)
  • The unit fronts all upfront costs.
  • Two-way split of all sales. The Scout/Unit, and Vendor.
3. Scout Sponsored – Car Wash, Can Drives, Donations, etc. (Paperwork & approvals required.)
  • The Scout fronts all the cost.
  • The Scout receives all proceeds for the project or program.

🦅 Eagle projects are often scout sponsored. Some family donations, sponsorships, and grants often will need approval and time. Make sure you get the okay before receiving or spending any donation money. Eagle projects may not be only a fundraiser, even if it is for a worthy charity (GTA

⚜️ Note: All fundraisers for projects or programs most of the time need some kind of approval. Fundraising can cause a lot of difficulties if you don’t do it correctly. Leaders need to consider getting some type of approval before starting a campaign. Asking for forgiveness later, may not be an option. No matter how the funds are collected, all funds & donations must go to the project, project recipient, or unit program.

🌎 Read this list of do’s and don’ts before your next unit fundraiser: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/02/02/unit-fundraising-dos-and-donts/
🌎 BSA offers guidance on individual Scout accounts: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/12/03/individual-scout-accounts/
📄 Unit Money Earning Application PDF: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34427.pdf
📄 Link to the Eagle Scout service project workbook PDF: https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/advancement-and-awards/eagle-scout-workbook/

⚠️ Important: ScouterStan is not a lawyer or an accountant. If you have questions please consult a professional for advice. You probably have or know someone in your unit That can provide more information. This information is just the basics and presented here to help us move forward. It’s not intended in any way to be an endorsement or any kind of legal advice.

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Scout Skills, Can Pay the Bills?

In cub scouting, we focus on good character building. This helps give the cub scout confidence and self-reliance. This skill is necessary for everyone. Merit Badges are a great way of finding talent and interests. If you look into most merit badges you will find a requirement that focuses on career aspects. The 13 Eagle-required merit badges make a Scout a better citizen and a happier employee. The Scoutmaster should ideally work with the scout on what the scout is showing interest in for the other 8 or more. I know scouts who when they entered the “work world” or decided on a major in college, often look back to a merit badge. Not every high paying job out there requires a college degree. Eagle Scout Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs” fame has a YouTube channel @realmikerowe. There are quite a few jobs and careers out there that need more experience or apprenticeships than additional schooling.

📺 Mike Rowe YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/realmikerowe
🌎 Mike Rowe Website: https://mikerowe.com/
🎧 The Way I Heard It… PodCast: https://mikerowe.com/podcast/

⚜️ Note: We as adult leaders need to check our biases at the door. We need to encourage scouts to look into careers that may not require a college degree. Using the Scoutmaster’s conference to find out what the scout is interested in will help their merit badge path become easier.

Correction: ScouterStan accidentally stated there were 12 Eagle-required merit badges. It’s actually 13 Eagle-required merit badges today. Cooking merit badge was added in 2013. The remaining 8 additional merit badges (for a total of 21,) can be alternative Eagle-required or other non-Eagle-required merit badges. An attempt will be made to make corrections to the video and within the closed captioning.

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Lost Unit?… Scouting Has A Road Map to Success!

Do you know a successful Pack or Troop? They are the ones that have a gigantic AOL cross-over ceremony. You know the one Troop who has 2 or 3 new Eagle Scouts every year. It’s no secret. Every unit can do it, and it’s as simple as reading a map. You don’t need a unit leader with 6 rows of square knots either. J. T. E. (Journey to Excellence)!

The road map for all Scout units success is the Journey to Excellence:
Planning – Scheduling events that will fill a calendar for a year or more. See the link below for the Planning Seminar video.
Budget – Scouting will cost money and budget & fundraising are part of it.
Membership – Recruiting is year-round. Not just youth. Retention is the program. See the link below for the Recruiting Scouts video.
Program – Camping, short, and long-term. Advancement & Training. Service projects.
Volunteer Leadership – Communicates with parents leaders & scouts. Training for ALL! See the link below for the Training For All video.

⚜️ Note: All units who work the Journey to Excellence into everything they do, succeed. “If you do Journey to Excellence then you’re doing Scouting wright.”

📄 2020 JTE Cub Scouting (Pack): https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2020-JTE-Pack-Scorecard.pdf
📄 2020 JTE Scouts BSA (Troop): https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2020-JTE-Troop-Scorecard.pdf
📄 2020 JTE Venturing (Crew): https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2020-JTE-Crew-Scorecard-Updated.pdf
🎬 Planning Seminar: https://youtu.be/yavqFuYiEX4
🎬 Recruiting Scouts: https://youtu.be/xSjVPuzgt8o
🎬Training for ALL: https://youtu.be/CxMmurNp2iI
🎬 JTE Find Out What It Means to Me: https://youtu.be/EHmOmpgJ76Y

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Scouting is a Safe Place to Fail?

The primary goal with all Scout leaders is Safety. We as adult leaders need to understand that sometimes we learn more by failing. A Senior Patrol Leader may not have a meeting planned out to the Scoutmasters’ satisfaction or liking. That doesn’t give the Scoutmaster license to take over the meeting. Scouting is a “highly organized chaos” at times. When the meeting ends the Scoutmaster should ask the Senior Patrol Leader open-ended questions like; What would have made the meeting better? What resources would prevent the meeting from failing? What are you planning for the next meeting? Cub Scout leaders have a plan for every meeting. Some time things go wrong. Often it becomes a fond memory of the good times. You know… Cub Master “Shrek” at the Halloween Pack meeting.

🌎 Troop Leader Resources: https://troopleader.scouting.org
🌎 Program Features for Troops and Crews: https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/resources/program-features-vols-1-3/
📺 Troop Leader YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEmQR5W4PkcSLfLV96SOH7w
🎬 Planning Seminar: https://youtu.be/yavqFuYiEX4
⚜️ Note: Cub Scout leaders need to use Scoutbook for guidance on leading meetings.

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