侦察员主导的部队博客 #5 – 部分 1: 你相信你的童子军足以让他们引?

比尔 · 查普曼

当我坐下来与我们的新的高级巡逻领导者,告诉他,我们已经决定,大人不再去运行队伍和他现在将负责并作出决定, 他看着我就像是“在头灯的鹿。”最喜欢 13 岁的年轻男性, I believe his life experience was more of a follower than a leader. Each morning his Mom would give gentle reminders like, “get ready for school, brush your teeth, get dressed, don’t forget your lunch, etc.” At school, he would sit and listen to lectures, take notes, get homework assignments, take tests, 等. He would come home and Mom would say, “do your homework, take out the trash, clean your room, etc.” In sports, he was told what position he would play, techniques for hitting, fielding, shooting a basketball, throwing a football, kicking a soccer ball, 等. Scouting is different.

Sitting with our new senior patrol leader, I told him that with the other members of the patrol leaders’ council he was in charge of planning our troop meetings, 天长, 和其他活动. I opened up the three volumes of部队的程序功能, 团队, 和船员, Vols. 1, 2, 3,” and asked him to flip through the pages and let me know if he saw anything that looked interesting to him. As he turned the pages, his eyes got big and he stopped several times but finally ended on the chapter titledWilderness Survival.” He asked, “Can we do this one?” I said, “Is that the one you want to do?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “Then, let’s do it!”

We spent about a half-hour looking at the chapter which gave an outline of wilderness survival skills, 活动, and sample agendas for troop meetings and a weekend campout testing out the Scouts’ wilderness survival skills. He decided that he wanted to do the skill instruction himself for the next troop meeting and teach the Scouts how to make a bracelet out of parachute cord, a skill that he had learned somewhere else and was anxious to share with the troop. He said he would get all of the materials and bring enough for each of the Scouts to make his own bracelet.

The next Tuesday night, sitting with my assistants up against the back wall of the room, we anxiously watched while the meeting unfolded. We were amazed at what a good job he did in teaching the skills and going around and helping each Scout learn the skills and make their bracelets. Not a single adult got out of his seat or interfered in any way. It was a beautiful sight and guess what? The Scouts enjoyed this activity far more than they did the ones planned by the adults! 为什么? Because we don’t think like at 12-13 year old and they would rather follow their peers than an adult any day of the week.

Before I caught the vision of the “Scout-led troop,” I never thought of relinquishing that much responsibility to a 13-year-old young man. 以往, if I had let one of our Scouts lead the meeting, I would have micromanaged 他. It takes a lot of trust to “let go,” and really trust our scouts. We are so worried about them failing that we have not learned to really trust them. But if we don’t trust them, how can we expect them to live the first point of the Scout Law, “a Scout is trustworthy”?

I never would have thought of this activity on my own and if I had taught them it would have been a different experience. There seemed to be a greater level of enthusiasm among the Scouts learning from one of their peers instead of an adult. They seemed to be getting the feeling that this was their “troop,” not the adults’ troop. When they saw that we trusted them and were willing to “take a chance” on them, a boring adult-led troop suddenly became fun. This small and simple change was transformational.

 

-比尔·查普曼住在圣克莱门特, 加利福尼亚州, and loves to surf, 试运转, 背包, 营地, 做户外什么, 看着年轻人通过侦察计划实现亚伦祭司的目的. 此消息中表示的意见只是那些作者.

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  1. 罗伯特 · 说:

    My experience with youth run troops is that the adults don’t have the “耐心” 或 “宽容” to watch the young man in charge flounder a little. They want torush in and save him.” 通常, once the change is made to let the youth run the troop, by the time the 2nd or 3rdgenerationof leaders is running the troop, the younger boys will have seen how it works and will be more comfortable with running the show.

    1. 罗伯特 ·, you are exactly right! It takes a lot of patience andtrust,” to watch these young men flounder but I can only imagine the extent to which Our Heavenly Father will has to have patience with us. If we can use Him as our example, we will be headed in the right direction. Thank you for reading this post and sharing your thoughts. 顺便一提, what is your current position in scouting and where do you live?

  2. J. 米克·埃珀森 说:

    Hooray for Bill. Your example is both courageous and so worthwhile. Shadow, I really mean shadow leadership is where we allow the future leaders to learn and return and report.
    The manual part 1, 2 & 3 is a great tool to open THEIR minds as to what they might want to do.
    YIS,
    J. 米克·埃珀森
    船员 359
    Spring Valley CA
    LDS/BSA RELATIONSHIPS Committee

    1. 米克, thanks for reading this post and sharing your thoughts and support! So often I see Scoutmasters and other adults focusing their time and energy onproducingas many merit badges and as much advancement as they possibly can. Those are great activities for our Scouts to be involved in and they will undoubtedly learn, grow and progress under that kind of system. 然而, having seen both, I am convinced that letting the Scouts struggle with the real weight of leadership on their shoulders is thegreater good.” 是的, the “Program Features for Troops, 团队, 和船员, Vols. 1, 2, 3,” is a great resource.

  3. 布伦丹 说:

    I see way too few units led by the boys! I think we need to start early letting cubs vote on their electives and stuff so they’re used to having a say. I love watching young men grow capable as we let them be

    1. 布伦丹, great ideas on starting them early! My experience is when we “火车, trust and let them lead,” youth will always surprise us with their capacity beyond our expectations. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  4. 阿尔文 说:

    It must be Boy-Led or it is daycare not Scouting.

    1. 阿尔文, as our founders said, “The patrol system is not one method in which Scouting for boys can be carried on. It is the only method.
      —Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder

    2. 阿尔文, as our founder said, “The patrol system is not one method in which Scouting for boys can be carried on. It is the only method.
      —Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder

  5. Richard Nelson 说:

    Adult Scout leaders need to use ‘duct tapein their weekly troop meetings. At the beginning of each weekly troop meeting, the adult leaders put duct tape over their mouths for one hour. The boys will soon get it…!!

    1. 理查德 ·, 我喜欢! We used to call him the Rocking Chair Scoutmaster, now we can call him theDuct Tape” 童子军领队. It’s a great concept. Thanks for your comment and sorry for taking so long to get back to you.

  6. 布莱恩 · 说:

    My ward has not done the boy-lead troop in a very long time.
    How long are your Scout nights?
    I’m trying to push for 90 minutes but getting some resistance from parents.

    BTW, don’t forget ILST training.

    1. 布莱恩 ·, thanks for reading the post and commenting. In my last troop where I was scoutmaster, we found a major change in participation and enthusiasm once we trained the Scouts to run their own program and let them lead. Once they found out it was their program and their responsibility to make things happen but they also got to do the things they wanted to do (within Scouting), they started showing up not only on time for a troop meeting at 7:00 PM but showing up for the preopening which started at 6:30 PM and Scouts would drop in whenever their parents could get there. It amazed me that most were there by 6:45 PM-6:50 下午. We had to help them watch the clock so that they would finish on time by 8:30 下午. (You will notice that I said we had to watch the clock andhelp thembecause it truly was their program, not ours.) The PLC decided to hold their PLC meetings after each troop meeting from 8:30 PM-9:00 下午. Occasionally parents would pick up their son from PLC before it was finished but that was rare. I got the feeling that the Scouts told their parents they had an important responsibility to fulfill and wanted to fulfill it and the parents were excited to see their sons actually doing something. It just kind of snowballed and got better and better. 答案是肯定的, there were ups and downs and mistakes and problems but overall a lot of enthusiasm and progression. And thanks for the plug for ILST. No way to have an outdoor program and do scouting unless the adults are trained in ILST.

      1. brian 说:

        哇. 2.5 hour commitment. I can’t even get YM leaders to agree to having a long program. Claiming they want to be home to put their kids to bed. *facepalm. so much for magnifying their calling.

        I doubt the parents will buy into that to. Young women have their mutual on the same night as the YM which only lasts an hour and many have daughters as well. Oh and cubscouts meet on the same night too.

        Any thoughts on how I can get a longer scout night?
        One hour is really not cutting it IMHO.

        谢谢你.

        ILST- intro to leadership skill for the troop.

        1. 布莱恩 ·, it all starts with training these scouts on how to run their own program, giving them the resources, believing in them and being patient when they make mistakes. Once you develop trust with them and they start running their own program, they will have ownership and I think the other problems will solve themselves. 然而, I will admit I did it the wrong way for many years and only did it the right way the last time with one troop so maybe it will not work as well in other areas or with other individuals. But I think it is the only way to go and is worth a try.

          Everyone wants to be a part of a successful program. My assistants caught the vision, 太, and were as excited (almost) as I was to see each adventure unfold. It evolved from the old system of showing up late and wanting to leave early to them coming early and wanting to stay late. 再一次, I do not doubt that you are very blessed and if I tried this again in another area, maybe… However, everywhere I go I am going to preach the patrol method because it worked so well for us and it seems to be what Baden Powell, Green Bar Bill and so many other enlightened Scouters are trying to teach us. I also hear the brethren saying the same things but they just teach correct principles and let us govern ourselves.

          1. brian 说:

            Thanks for the word of encouragement and actually replying.
            I’m a convert to the church. my 1st two years in the family ward I was in charge of EYO and definitely did not follow the boy lead.

            I thought it would be very difficult to get my EYOs to first class before they turned 12 and it would be a disservice to the YM to have to receive scouts still working towards first class. I did let them plan a few things but I was mostly running the show.

            I’m almost at the end of my 3rd year but now as a SM. Spent a great deal of time reading the thick SM manuals so I can run the troop properly.

            We’re only a few months into the boy-lead after training the boys with the ILST. I’m sending a few boys to NYLT this summer so the troop can benefit further. I’m starting to see some of the boys take an invested interest but time will only tell. 不幸的是, I’m not sure how the next few months would go with upcoming disruptions from the Tucson temple cultural celebration preps.

            Looking forward to attending a little Philmont in an adjacent stake. 希望, I can get more pointers.

            One thing I would wish for is that the church implement/integrate the scouting program better, 即. length of patrol meetings, when to have it, when to have PLC. None of that in the LDS scouting handbook. Heck, even just emphasize the patrol method/boy lead.

            Thanks again and look forward to your future insightful blog posts.

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