A lot of the Cub Scout Packs take the summer off? Nope! Troops have Summer Camp and that’s it? Nope! Scouts mimic the school schedule in many ways. However, the Scouts need to be active over the summer break. This gives them a consistent meeting time to prepare for the upcoming year. Packs will still have at least one meeting a month over the summer. Troops should have weekly meetings throughout the summer.
One of the big challenges for adult leaders have at summer camp is finding time for self-improvement. Pack and Den Leaders can help out with Day/Resident camp. This goes a long way in helping your unit overall. Troop Leaders can help out with advancement, quartermaster and campsite/troop health officer (Nears Betty, Sawbones, etc…) Some of the better summer camps will have additional activities and training available.
The natural tendency of adult leaders to cross from a pack to a troop is not the only option. Seriously consider joining the commissioner core of your district. ScouterStan explores this and many other options. Making the most of your service and experience will help more youth become better leaders.
Setting an example is often harder than just doing it. Consistent start times are critical to establishing respect for leadership and the audience. Remember that to be early, is to be on time. On-time is to be late. To be late is unacceptable.
Sometimes adult leaders have difficulties with other leaders. your unit commissioner can help work out difficulties and help relations be more scout-like. Often the dispute is about incorrect views of how scouting is designed to work. Your commissioner can help re-establish vision and goal setting.
Adult leaders are faced with many challenges. One of the biggest Fears for adults is public speaking. ScouterStan explores concerns that Adult leaders have about pack/troop meeting presentations. A scout is brave … but not fearless. Discover Some pointers and secrets of public speaking and unit meetings.
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they will never sit in.
The Scout Sign is a common feature of any scout meeting. It demands our respect as it is a living symbol of our commitment to the Scout Oath & Law. This cherished symbol is also used to respectively and courteously quiets the room. Unfortunately, some scout leaders don’t wait for all the scouts to stop talking and scream out “Signs Up!” That defeats the whole point of quitting the room with the Scout Sign. Otherwise when you say “Signs Up” everyone just hears “Shut Up”.
Every scout leader should always be prepared with a quick one-minute story for the end of any meeting or campfire. This story can help illustrate a point or give a reflection on a scouting value. ScouterStan has one you can use tonight. Here are some good ones out on the net.
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Your scout unit needs to use the JTE as a road map to gold. When you do this your unit will succeed in every way. Journey to Excellence is the replacement of the old Quality Unit program. Units that even attempted to use JTE and don’t make gold will succeed.
BSA Journey to Excellence: https://www.scouting.org/awards/journey-to-excellence/
2019 JTE Scorecard for Packs: https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2019-JTE-Pack-Scorecard.pdf
2019 JTE Scorecard for Troops: https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2019-JTE-Troop-Scorecard.pdf