Month: August 2013

Hitting the Reset Button

Well, it has been a long time since our last post.. I’ll get you caught up real quick and then move on to the subject for this post.. Resetting…
As you know if you have been following the blog for some time, my youngest son is a great football player.  The month of June was very busy for us as each weekend took us to a different college for visits or camps.  It was a long month and we spent lots of time on the road hitting 4 states and more than an hand full of schools.  Football season kicks off this Friday and it will be fun to see him give it his best in his senior year.  I am sure there will be more on that subject as the season progresses.
July was a busy one for the troop.  We went North to summer camp and had a spectacular time.  Before we knew it.. it was August and time to get ready for the coming year in Scouting.
So here we are… back in the saddle and ready for another great year.  This year wil mark our Troops 10th year and my 10th year as a Scoutmaster.  I am excited.  It is also a year of transition in our troop.  Over the last few months we has been seeing the natural attrition of leaders.

Two of the Assistant Scoutmasters have transitioned to leadership in the Venture Crew while I will be losing one of the Assistants due to the Non Discrimination policy.  What does this mean for me and the Troop… I am getting new Assistants.  I went to the Troop committee and asked them to support our search for three new Assistant Scoutmasters, and the search begins.
So what is it that we look for in an Assistant Scoutmaster?  Well, here are some of my thoughts on the issue.
First.  The leader needs to be able to work with kids.  They need to be friendly and approachable and willing to exercise patience when watching the Patrol method in action.
Second.  They MUST buy into the Patrol method and Youth Leadership.  If they don’t accept that then they can not be an Assistant Scoutmaster in our Troop.  This is key in developing leaders and having a Troop that works the way Scouting is designed to work.
Third.  They MUST be trained.  They need to go to all the required training by the BSA.  They need to make a commitment to the boys of the troop that they are willing to put in the time to help them be better.  Training is one way they do that.
Fourth.  TIme.  They need to commit to at least 6 of the 11 camp outs and be available on Monday nights.  A lack of commitment here and they can not be effective ASMs.  I don’t need Dads… I need help teaching, coaching, training, and mentoring young men.
That is the basic criteria that I have initially come up with in our search  So far I have one that has stepped up and will be a great fit.  
I am excited for this phase of transition in our Troop.  Fresh eyes, ideas, and attitudes that will make our troop so much stronger and bring more fun for the next 10 years.
Thanks for hanging in there over the summer and being patient with the blog.
Have a Great Scouting Day!