Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lawn Chair Leadership

This is a re-post of a re-post of a Utah National Parks Council Blog post, brought to my attention by Chad of Varsity Team Coach Huddle. Thanks for linking it. I've added it to my Favorite Posts page, above, it's so good.  Lawn Chair Leadership is just a fun way of saying, "Use the Patrol Method, silly!"
“It’s twice as hard up front as just doing it yourself, but twice as easy when it works. And you have to do it all over again every new batch of boys that become leaders. You only need one single ingredient to get them to show up. But you can destroy it all with a single action.”

“What do you mean?” I questioned.

“Well, you get a new batch of boys in leadership about every six months,” said Dave. “And you start over every single time. Remember, you are growing boys into leaders, that’s what Boy Scouts is all about… Leadership, and service. That’s it!”

“I thought we are teaching them to camp, how to survive in the outdoors, and get merit badges.” I replied earnestly. “And to get an Eagle Scout!”

“That’s what everybody thinks. Those are how we teach, not what we are really teaching!” He looked at me earnestly. “But they are missing the whole point. The point is leadership… and service.”


“...have a special overnight camp, just for the leaders, maybe a sleepover at your home. Make it fun and rewarding to be a junior leader. Teach them about each of their positions so they know exactly what to do.”

“Help them plan the next year's activities. But let it be their activities. You can shadow lead them a bit by asking questions about the wisdom of their plan, but they need to own it or they won’t be motivated to do it,” he warned again.
Click the link above for the whole thing. It's really worth your time.

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