A young man sits across from you at a table, he is new to the Troop and seeking that first badge.. the Scout Badge. He sheepishly asked for a Scoutmaster conference, and now he is stepping off on the Trail to Eagle. The first Scoutmaster conference as a Boy Scout can be an intimidating one. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are three easy steps to making a great first Scoutmaster Conference.. for you and the Scout.
First. Relax.. both of you. This is a great opportunity Mr. Scoutmaster NOT to be the stoic figure looming in the back of the room, this is a great chance to make a first impression to the Scout that you really care about him and the Troop. So relax, smile, and have fun with it.
Second. Help. It’s ok to coach a bit when the Scout stumbles on the Scout Oath or Law.. its ok to talk him through the Outdoor code. He will get it. If its not tonight.. well then there are 6 more opportunities for him to master it. This is the Scout badge.. Not Eagle. Set the tone of learning and perfection will come.
Third. Encourage.. The Scout is new, he’s nervous, and he is looking to you for something that prior to this meeting his Den leader or Mom and Dad have given him. He is looking for praise and accomplishment, and for maybe the first time he is doing it on his own. Encourage him to think about his answers and assist him when needed, he will get it. Encourage him at this first meeting to be an active part of his Patrol and Troop and to take advantage of everything Scouting has to offer.
Over simplify the process for a Scout to earn that Joining badge. That’s what it is. Don’t add to it, don’t take away from it. Just keep it simple and have fun with it. Its Scouts after all.. just Scouts.
Your Day 3 Health tip:
Get fit with friends or family.
Being active is much more fun with friends or family. Encourage others to join you and plan one special physical activity event, like a bike ride or hiking, with a group each week. This is a great one to try with your Patrols or Troop.
Have a Great Scouting Day!