I think sometimes that you need to go through some time of reflection, ranting, and deep soul-searching before one can come to clear resolution or insightful solution to a problem. With any luck this process happens quickly so you can move on.
As most of you know or are aware, last month was a tough one for me mentally as I was attacked by this overwhelming need to solve the problem of lazy Scouts. And as it turned out lazy adults too.. after all, that is where lazy is learned I have found.
Through much thought and soul-searching and study I have found some solution, but am not yet there. What I am over is the ranting stage and now deep into the fixing stage.
We started some of these fixes during our last Troop camp out by going back to the basics and reintroducing the concept of modeled behavior, learning to lead ones self, and focusing on the little things. Those three areas will make a change in the way things have been going and with proper follow-up and mentoring we will stay on track.
What I also found is that even the laziest kid can not pass up an opportunity to compete.
Competition can be a great motivator. No one likes to lose and no one wants to be left out. So enter a competitive component in pretty much all of our upcoming activities.
Yes we will have winners and losers, but with good reflection and training, every one will come out a winner for it.
During the last camp out we had the older Scouts pack up and set up camp in a new location. It went well, but noticed short cuts and a lack of attention to detail. So we did it again after retraining and reflection. The second time we did it we added the competitive advantage. It was a race. They had to pack (properly) and get to a new location and set up (properly). The winner would be the Scout that got everything set up with no mistakes. What we found was that 11 of the 12 set up everything with no errors, but all of them competed. We also found that because it was a race, the time was faster even though they were looking at all the details.
The point is that they know what they are doing. They make a choice to be lazy. Competition took away that choice.
Thoughtful consideration and looking beyond being upset about laziness brought this out. I think that we need to step back at times and really look at ways to demonstrate leadership. As I teach the boys, leaders provide Purpose, Direction, and Motivation. And that is just what we did with this. They know the purpose and direction, and we used some competition to motivate.
Man I love this leadership stuff.. it always works!
We will keep you posted as this group of young leaders really start shining!
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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