Thursday, December 15, 2011

Setting Goals

Two of the First-year boys have completed First Class, so it was a great opportunity to set them up for success.  So, at last night's patrol meeting we discussed making SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely) goals to help the boys break down their advancement requirements into manageable pieces, and also help each boy set his own timeline to complete his next rank. We introduced the concept and let it percolate a bit while they wrote down their thoughts - their goals will need further defining and refining, but they know that flexibility is the key, and to plan on their plans changing. Here are the five rules I gave them for making goals, starting with and adapted from the Scoutmaster Musings blog:
  1. Make a plan - look over what's required and set smaller milestones of how to reach the goal.

  2. Remember that no plan is ever followed exactly - things will come up, things won't go right, people will let you down, you will make mistakes. As long as you modify and adapt rather than get discouraged, no setback in Scouting will be big enough to stop you from reaching your goal.

  3. Get informed - Read your handbook and merit badge pamphlets.  Learn what the responsibilities are for your Patrol position. Ask questions when you need more information.

  4. Keep good records - Use your handbook to record dates and everything else you need to document, like merit badges, service hours, camping nights, hiking miles, Scoutmaster approvals,  completion dates...  

  5. The only time limit is your eighteenth birthday, but at the same time, it takes a minimum of sixteen months to go from First Class to Eagle.  Your plan needs to take this into account.

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