Monday, November 21, 2011

Committee Training Item 1.5

Scout Committee Training Module 1.5, Methods: Personal Growth and Leadership Development.

The troop and patrol leaders are those Scouts who have been elected/appointed to a leadership position, but even more so, are those Scouts who have learned a skill and can teach it to others. Larry Geiger teaches that a troop’s leaders are those Scouts who have achieved First Class rank. Their responsibility is to ‘lead, train and inspire other Scouts to achieve First Class. In other words, the boys are responsible for each other, the whole troop, especially younger, inexperienced Scouts. It is a system in which boys are encouraged to take an active interest in each other. So what's our role as adults? To train boy leaders. That’s in your Scoutmaster’s handbook.

One of the ways we can empower boys to lead others is by teaching them how to use the EDGE method: Explain, Demonstrate, Guide and Enable a boy in learning and teaching a skill.

So then, what is an Eagle Scout? A scout who has led, trained and inspired others to achieve First Class! For example, “While a Life Scout…give leadership to others…”


Boys are presented many growth opportunities in these formative years. Football and wrestling teams, student councils, band and orchestra, drama club, employment opportunities, time management; in all of these, scout troops and priesthood quorums included, they will confront good and bad influences. I think our role as adult leaders, both in a Scouting perspective and ecclesiastically, is to help them understand how the Oath and Law apply in everything they do; that they aren't just for 3 hours on Sunday and another hour on Wednesday. They are entirely consistent with the mission of the Aaronic Priesthood.

How does Scouting contribute to a boy’s growth in the priesthood? One way is through setting goals (this works for Grown-ups, too). SMART goals (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely) actually force you to build a plan of action while defining the goal itself. They answer the "6 Ws" of the objective (Who, What, When, Where, Why, hoW). Instead of "Dad, I need  fifty bucks for summer camp," it becomes, "I will earn $50.00 for summer camp by mowing lawns at $___ a lawn for ____ weeks."

Fishgutts has a great summary of EDGE training and SMART goals on his blog, which I stole and made part of the handout.

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