Month: May 2010

Scoutmaster Minute – Best of Show #56

Welcome back the Scoutmaster Minute.  In this show we are revisiting an older show of mine, show number 4.  It seems so long ago.

This podcast focuses on Bullying.
With the new Scout requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class all centered on Bullying, it was time to get a podcast out there.  Using the BSA’s Bullying awareness presentation as a guide, this podcast gives definitions and solutions for bullying in your unit.
Here are references on this subject, courtesy of The Boy Scouts of America presentation on Bullying.
Boy Scouts of America. (2008) Rank Requirement Boy Scouts of America. (2007) Power Pack Pals #1: Bullying Comic Book.  Feinberg, T. (2003) “Bullying Prevention and Intervention,” National Association of School Principals.
Produced in cooperation with the National Association of School Psychologists.
 Jeffries, P. W. & Goodwin, K. (2001) Stop School Bullying: Kalamazoo College’s Site Dedicated to Creating Safe Learning Environments for Kids.Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo College.  National Crime Prevention Council (2006) Newman, D. A., Horne, A. M., Bartolomucci, C. L. (2000) Bully Busters- A Teacher’s Manual for Helping Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders. Champaign, IL: Research Press.  Olweus, D. (1993) Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do.
Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
 Sassu, K. A., Elinoff, M. J., Bray, M. A., & Kehle, T. J. (2004) “Bullies and Victims – Information for Parents.” Helping Children at Home and at School II: Handouts for Families and Educators. Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists. Sheras, P. (2002) Your Child: Bully or Victim? New York, NY:
Skylight Press.
 Tassell, B. (2006) “Dealing with Bullies,” Don’t Feed the Bully.Santa Claus, IN: Llessat U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2004) Stop Bullying Now!

 Standard Podcast [37:44m]

A good lawn chair

Once again, I find myself way behind in the maintaining the blog and once again, it is not for a lack of ideas, thoughts, or want to… well anyway, lets get on with it…
Last night I had the pleasure of practicing one of the great truisms of Scouting.. taken from Scoutmaster Clarke Green’s podcast , “Put a group of Scoutmasters in a room and something happens, they start to talk.”
Well last night I got into a virtual room with Clarke and yep.. we talked.  And we talked.. and we talked.
But one of the great things about our conversation was the recurring theme that good Scoutmastering comes from the comfort of a good lawn chair.
The point here is that we teach, coach, train, and mentor the Scouts of our units and then get out of their way.  I am a firm believer in this concept.  And it has proven out over and over again that Scouts will absolutely amaze you with their problem solving ability, their leadership, and their creativity when you allow it.
One of the things that I appreciate about our discussion last night was the sharing of our Scouting philosophy and the simple fact that the program that we promote in our units, even though we are a country apart and have completely different styles, are the same.  We keep it simple and Youth led.
Youth leadership can not happen when they are hamstrung and given to many hoops to jump through.
We discussed the importance of allowing the youth leaders to set a course for the unit and that our role beyond teaching and coaching was to keep the Troop from heading into the ditch.  Keeping the Troop not necessarily centered in the road, but not in the ditch on either side.  Allowing the Scouts to bounce  down the road learning as they go, achieving success’s  and experiencing the taste of failure without getting hurt or in trouble.  There is much to be learned along the way and what I have learned and it was confirmed last night.. the Scouts do it so much better when we sit in a lawn chair and tell stories with our Scouter friends.  Read…. leave them alone.

More later.
Have a Great Scouting Day and look for our discussion to post in a podcast soon.
In the meantime, check out Clarkes last show here .
Follow him on twitter .
Check out his Blog

Where are we heading?

Now, as most of you know, I am a big fan of Alvin Townley Jr.  the Author of Legacy of Honor and Spirit of Adventure.  It is refreshing to see this advocate of the Scouting movement out there telling the Scouting story.
I stumbled on this video and his message fired me up!!!
So I have to share it with you all.
Thanks Alvin!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

the Scoutmaster Minute Show #55

The Scouting Heritage Merit Badge is a new merit badge and a great way to allow Scouts to learn about the rich history and heritage of not only the Boy Scouts of America but the Scouting movement.
Join Scoutmaster Jerry and his new co host Scott as they go through the requirements of the Scouting Heritage Merit Badge.  This is a great listen for anyone looking into being a merit badge counselor for this Merit badge, as well as a peak into Scoutings rich history.
The first person to leave feedback on this show, either in the forum, the blog, or via email will receive a copy of Alvin Townley’s book Legacy of Honor.
This show is sponsored by Class
Have a Great Scouting Day!

What a Difference 3 grand makes

As most of you know, this year I have the privilege of not only being the Scoutmaster of my home troop, but also a troop heading to the National Jamboree.
Now I am not saying that money buys success, attitude, or enthusiasm, but I  have noticed that about $3000 makes a pretty big difference.
I have a great home troop.  They are Scout led and into high adventure.  We have our challenges, but by and large it is a real fun troop and I am proud of the Scouts that are in it.
My Jamboree troop on the other hand is Fantastic in its own right.  I am completely surprised at how a group of young men from 9 different towns and cities, just as many schools, with only one thing in common, they were assigned to my troop by the council, can come together and gel like they have.
This last weekend our Jamboree troop held a camp out.  The intent of the camp out was two fold.  First was to set up and shake down all the gear.  Get familiar with it and learn how to work as a team setting it all up and taking it down.  The other objective of the camp out was to continue the bonding and team building of the Patrols and Troop.  A chance to get to know the tent mates and see how they would interact over a longer period of time than a few hours at a meeting.
They met every goal and exceeded my expectations.
What a difference $3000 makes.
These Scouts are all First Class to Eagle Scout in Rank, they all want to be there, and they are are looking for a great time.  And yeah.. either they or their parents paid $3000 for this once in a life time experience, and the Scouts act like it.
It is so easy to put together a troop when they all have the same goals, the same vision, and the same willingness to work toward those goals and visions.
Unlike the normal “home” troop where sports seasons, homework, and the need for self improvement (read advancement) tend to set an individual Scouts agenda, the Scouts of the Jamboree troop all have one common goal.  Go to Jamboree and have fun.
So what a difference $3000 makes… none really, but we can learn from this adventure.
We can learn a lot about vision and goal setting, we can learn a lot about what motivates young men, and we can learn a lot about how we as Scout leaders process information and assist youth leaders in team development.
A lot can be learned, but then again, a lot should be learned.. after all, we paid $3000.

Have a Great Scouting Day!