Scout leaders are notorious for volunteering and over-committing. We like to say and hear the word YES! Leaders often get burnout when they over-commit to anything. ScouterStan explains how to help prevent burnout by keeping the “Rule of Five” in balance.
The Rule of Five 🖐
(1) Family – That’s your family and friends you would consider family. (2) Faith – Putting God in your life will help give it purpose and meaning. (3) Career – Using your skills to pay the bills. (4) Self – Taking time for your self, downtime is important. (5) Others – Helping others become better people and doing good turns for them.
It’s natural for each person to rearrange their own Rule of Five. However, the list is the same and no one of the five is more important than any other. The perception of burnout happens quickly when there is an imbalance of one or more of these. Balancing these five priorities and helping others balance their commitments, makes everyone happier people. Always remember you can say NO (politely) and still help find someone who is able to say yes. Just think about the Rule of Five before committing yourself or others to anything.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for joining Scouting. Here are 3 ways to maximize your time in Scouting. The 3 critical points are (1) Understanding the Basics 0:28 (2) Get Into It 5:26 and (3) Don’t Get Overwhelmed 7:11 New parents should find some good information and become motivated.