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1 SCOUTMASTER/ ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING

2 Training Continuum for Adult Leaders Fast Start Youth Protection Training (Required) Basic Leader Training This Is Scouting Position Specific Training Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Wood Badge

3 COURSE SCHEDULE Session One: Getting Started: The Role of the Scoutmaster Pre-Opening Activity Welcome and Participant Introductions Course Overview The Role of the Scoutmaster Troop Organization Troop Meetings Working with Boy Leaders The Patrol Method Patrol Leader s Council Session Two Lighting the Fire: The Outdoor Program and Advancement Program Pre-opening Activity Introduction Sizzle of the Outdoor Program Nuts and Bolts of the Outdoor Program Outdoor Program Patrol/ Group Activity Reflection Advancement Program Session Three Keeping It Going: Program Planning and Troop Administration Pre-Opening Activity Introduction Program Planning Membership Paperwork Finances The Uniform Other Training Opportunities Ceremonies Summary and Closing

4 WHAT THE SCOUTMASTER MUST BE: Be a good role model in living by the Scout Oath and Law. Be a friend to the boys while working with them and guiding them through the Scouting program Be a good example by wearing the Scoutmaster uniform properly and proudly. WHAT A SCOUTMASTER MUST KNOW: Know that the Boy Scout program comes to life when the boys are given the responsibility for being the leaders of their troop. Know that the best way to operate troop is by the patrol method, with leadership responsibilities given to the boys. Know that you have the skill to deliver the promise of Scouting to the members of your troop. Know that there are valuable resources, especially other adult Scout leaders, training opportunities, and literature of the Boy Scouts of America, to assist you every step of the way. WHAT A SCOUTMASTER MUST DO: Do help the boys develop into confidant leaders by directing, coaching, supporting and empowering them to operate their own troop. Do enjoy yourself. Having fun and finding satisfaction in Scouting is contagious. The Scouts in your troop will reflect your positive attitudes and infuse meetings and activities with their own good energy and joy.

5 TROOP ORGANIZATION SCOUTMASTER ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER NEW SCOUTS ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER PATROLS/ VENTURE SENIOR PATROL LEADER ASSISTANT SENIOR PATROL LEADER ASSISTANT SENIOR PATROL LEADER Quartermaster Scribe Venture Patrol PATROL LEADER (Troop Guide) New Scouts PATROL LEADER Scouts

6 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. Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting Be a Good Listener!! Give Positive Reinforcement!! Leadership Styles: Directing give clear guidelines Coaching provide guidelines and praise, but stepping aside Supporting providing the resources and opportunities needed to succeed Delegating shifting the bulk of responsibilities to the boy leaders THE PATROL LEADERS COUNCIL The PLC is the engine that drives the train. It provides the structure for boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Scoutmaster must be, know and do certain things The PLC is deeply involved in planning the troop s program and making it a reality Troop meeting should be fun, fast-paced, productive and meaningful Scoutmaster use the most appropriate style of leadership

7 THE FOUR STEPS OF SCOUT ADVANCEMENT A Scout Learns a Skill A Scout is Tested A Scout is Reviewed A Scout is Recognized

8 THE METHODS OF SCOUTING The Ideals The Patrol Method The Outdoors Advancement Association with Adults Personal Growth Leadership Development The Uniform

9 The Outdoor Program is a classroom without walls where a Scout can: Use the skills they are mastering Solve problems as a team Look out for one another Learn self-discipline Respect others and the environment Encounter situations that requires them to become a leader Enjoy the beauty of nature Learn the value of leaving no trace in the wilderness. Opportunities for the Outdoor Adventure Troop and Patrol Hikes Short term camping Conservation and service projects Resident camping Camporees and Jamborees Council High Adventure programs National and council high adventure bases

10 NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE OUTDOOR PROGRAM Skills and Safety The Two Elements of Adult Leadership in the Outdoors Skills: BSA Training Opportunities Supportive Adults Boy Led troop using the Patrol Method BSA Outdoor related Literature Scoutmaster s Campsite Quick Checklist Scout Outdoor Essentials Personal Overnight Camping Gear Troop Overnight Camping Gear Outdoor Program Checklist Leave No Trace Conservation Projects Camping and Conservation Awards Elements of Trek Safely Qualified Supervision Keep Fit Plan Ahead Gear Up Communicate clearly and completely Monitor conditions Discipline Guidelines for Specific Activities

11 Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat Climb on Safely Guide to Safe Scouting Weather Hazard Training Tour Plan Scout Outdoor Essentials Troop/ Patrol Equipment First Aid Resources BSA Safety Buddy System Personal Overnight Gear Medical/ Health Forms CPR Resources Driver s Pledge I will not drive when I feel fatigued. I realize that when I an fatigued, I process information more slowly and less accurately. This impairs my ability to react in time to avoid accidents I will arrange my schedule so that several days before a Boy Scout driving event, I will get a good night s sleep to avoid the cumulative effects of not getting enough sleep. I will make preparations far enough in advance so that last minute preparations do not interfere with my sleep. I will make travel plans that take into account my personal biological clock. I will drive only during the part of the day when I know I will be alert. I will be smart about engaging in physical activities during Scouting outings. I will make sure I am ready to drive alert.

12 RELECTION Nondirective Questions; What did you think about this activity? What did you like best? What did you like least? What did you learn? How would you do this activity differently next time? Be Positive Put-down free zone. Opportunities for Reflection Formal Scoutmaster Conference Informal campfires, troop meeting activities THE ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM

13 THE FOUR STEPS TO ADVANCEMEMNT A Scout Learns A Scout is Tested A Scout is Reviewed A Scout is Recognized TEACHING A SKILL Demonstrate the Skill Work with the Scouts on learning the skill Reinforce the use of the skill Test the Scout when he feels he is ready THE SCOUTMASTER CONFERENCE Establish Trust Listen carefully Provide positive reinforcement Emphasize Scouting s ideals Share ideals Ask Scout to set goals and outline steps for achievement Congratulate achievement Explain expectations Scoutmaster conference always done in the view of others THE BOARD OF REVIEW Ensure all rank requirements have been competed Determine the quality of the Scout s troop experience Encourage the Scout to advance towards his next rank Discussion of ways the Scout lives the Oath and Law daily STRENGHTS OF THE ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM It s fun It offers adventure It allows Scout to measure his progress It provide recognition It promotes the development of physical fitness, character and citizenship

14 PROGRAM PLANNING Long Term Planning 12 months Short Term Planning monthly FIVE STEPS OF THE ANNUAL TROOP PROGRAM PLANNING Do your homework Get patrol input Hold a planning conference Consult with the troop committee Announce and publicize the Plan Planning Conference Agenda Team building activity Review Methods and Objectives Develop troop goals Consider major calendar events Consider program features Vote on list of program features Write down each program feature for its month (Troop Planning Worksheet) Schedule other troop events Monthly Troop Planning The PLC Plan weekly meetings for the month

15 Plan the campouts Plan any special events for the month Helpful Suggestions for the Scoutmaster Attend district roundtable meetings gather ideas Review planning with ASM s and assign specific themes/ activities With SPL, draw up monthly agenda for PLC meeting Scoutmaster can share ideas from roundtable and other sources

16 MEMBERSHIP Who can Join? Have graduated from the fifth grade or, Be 11 years old, or Have earned the Arrow of Light Award as a Webelos Scout. Why recruit Boys to Become Scouts? For the good of the boys For the good of the troop Retain Current Members Bring Webelos Scouts into Troop Pack and Troop Relations Recruiting boys not currently in the troop THE PAPERWORK

17 Troop Paperwork Kit Charter renewal Journey to Excellence Money Earning Application Tour Plan Advancement Records Troop Budget Form Membership applications Health/ Medical Forms Eagle Workbook NESA Application Used annually Used annually Used for every fundraiser For every troop outing Monthly Annually Monthly For every new member, annually As needed As needed Most of the paperwork can be, and should be, managed by the troop committee. FINANCES

18 Troop Expenses Troop Charter Fee Registration Program Materials Activities Boy s Life Accident Insurance Reserve Fund Troop Budget Rough draft PLC reviews draft Committee approves budget Budget presentation Where the Money Comes From Youth and their families Chartered Organization and Scout unit Communities Local council National council Troop Money Earning Projects All money earning projects must be approved by chartered organization and local council Must submit Money Earning Application No at least 30 days in advance

19 The Uniform Field Uniform BSA Long sleeve or short sleeve shirt BSA Pants or Shorts BSA Socks or Knee Socks BSA Twill or mesh cap or campaign hat (troop option) BSA web belt and buckle BSA neckerchief or troop neckerchief (optional) Activity Uniform BSA T-shirt or troop designed t-shirt or Scout camp shirt BSA pants or shorts BSA socks/ knee socks BSA web belt and buckle BSA cap, expedition hat or campaign hat or troop hat When to wear the Field Uniform Boards of Review Courts of Honor Patriotic events Parades Troop Meetings Summer Camp When to wear the Activity Uniform Outdoor events Informal troop meetings Conservation projects Backcountry events

20 Training Opportunities Youth Protection Training required every two years Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Wood Badge for the 21 st Century District Roundtables Advanced Camping Skills Climb on Safely Project COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) Passport to High Adventure Training Philmont Training Center Youth Leader Training Powder Horn Other local training

21 Recognition Ceremonies For rank advancement Other achievements: leadership roles, training completion for both adult and youth Completion of significant Scout challenges Provides positive reinforcement Plan it carefully involve boy leadership

22 Thank you from For giving of your time and talent as a leader in Boy Scouts of America.

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