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.

LINKS:
📺 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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Crossover for Adult Leaders?

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.

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Leadership Anxiety? 😱

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. 


Greek Proverb
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