I get lots of email questions about…… troop conflicts. It may be volunteers arguing with each other, parents arguing with Scouters, volunteers arguing with Scouts, they all have a common thread, and most have a common answer.I also offer my simple advice for welcoming girls into troops, so simple you may not like it very much!I also talk about what’s next at Scoutmastercg.comListen to this week’s podcastThis podcast is brought to you by Patrons & BackersPodcast NotesThe project I mention in this podcast ksqfilm.comThe post Podcast 374 – What’s Next, Email Questions appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
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Create shared expectations and you’ll have a happy troop.In this week’s podcast I answer an email question about a behavior problem. A problem that would never happen if those involved shared expectations.Ask Scouts to analyze their behavior in light of the Scout oath and law. Listen carefully, ask questions, listen more, share your thoughts, and leave this discussion with a very clear set of shared expectations.The same applies to evaluating the “judgement call” requirements like Scout spirit and active participation. We should not make judgment calls based on our own observations alone.Evaluating Scout Spirit is a prime example. Ask the Scout to explain the concept to you, ask them to use points of the Scout oath and law to evaluate themselves and see if you agree with that evaluation. It’s very likely that 99 out of 100 times you will agree with the Scout.If you don’t agree then tell the Scout precisely why, illustrating your thoughts with the oath and law. Continue asking questions until you create shared expectations of how the requirement will be met. Each Scout will have a slightly different take on the situation at hand, and if you listen long enough to what they say you discover a great many things about them and about yourself.Most Scouters begin with the idea that they are responsible for shaping and controlling behavior and evaluating performance. They dictate a set of expectations that their Scouts may or may not share setting up a confrontation down the road.When Scouts evaluate their own behavior and performance against the Scout oath and law they are actively forming their character. You can actually see character forming, sometimes you can almost see smoke coming out of their ears as they reference and build an internal standard. You can see the lights come on.Most Scout-aged children do not have any other opportunity to exercise this internal standard in any meaningful way. Most of what they do and how they live is dictated to them by adults or by the uncertainties of what is cool or acceptable to their peers.When you begin doing this it will seem like another adult trick, they will not really understand what is going on. They have learned not to trust adults, because adults have absolute power and have no problem welding that power to get their own way.When we recognize and trust a Scout we make the most of the Scout oath and law. You can’t hide from or lie to the Scout oath and law. Create shared expectations in this context and see what happens.Scouters can’t allow all issues to hinge on their personal judgement. If we reserve the right to punish or sanction behavior with our own judgement we miss out on the most powerful and transformative potential of our work.Naturally there are situations when you must be the adult and put a stop to dangerous or inappropriate behavior immediately. We also don’t accept every decision or every idea simply because it originated with a Scout. Everything we do has to be within the rules and aims of the game of Scouting. Scouters have to study these rules and be fully versed in the aim of our work to be the most effective guides for their Scouts.We don’t wield the power of our own judgement to reward or punish our Scouts. Scouters don’t disqualify them or sanction them. We count on the Scout oath and law. When you step aside and allow it to be the most powerful player in the game things start changing for the better.Listen to this week’s podcastThis podcast is brought to you by Patrons & BackersPodcast NotesGuide to AdvancementHappy Wanderer Opening MusicGet my book The Scouting JourneyGet my book So Far So GoodThe post Podcast 373 – Create Shared Expectations appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
When thinking about Eagle Scout advancement ….. we ought to ask “what is an Eagle Scout?” rather than “who deserves to be an Eagle Scout?”The answer to the question “who deserves to be an Eagle Scout?” is easy; any Scout who completes the requirements.That’s it. No more and no less.There’s no Eagle-plus, and no Eagle minus, only Eagle.When you understand that Eagle Scout Advancement becomes less stressful.None of the 55,494 Eagle badges handed out last year went to a Scout because they deserved it, but because they earned it.Nobody becomes and Eagle Scout because they deserve it, it’s not the Nobel or the Pulitzer prize handed out to a few deserving winners. You don’t win Eagle Scout, you advance towards it. When a Scout fulfills all of the requirements and passes a duly constituted board of review they receive the award.It was not my job to decide who deserves the badge, only to recognize they have completed the requirements.The 55,494 Scouts who earned their Eagle last year did not do precisely the same quality or quantity of work. They were not all equally meritorious. Each had individual limitations and talents. Each had parents and worked with Scouters whose involvement and skill were all over the map. A healthy percentage of them left a lot of work until the last few months of their seventeenth year. When we present a Scout with an Eagle badge we recognize two things – achievement and potential. We are telling a Scout that what you have achieved is a strong indication you have potential to embody the ideals the award represents.Listen to this week’s podcastThis podcast is brought to you by Patrons & BackersPodcast NotesBSA FAQ on girls in Scout Troops I am a Sasquatch music from last week’s podcastBobwhite Blather Spring Advancement UpdatesSpring Advancement News Newsletter from the National Advancement TeamHappy Wanderer Opening MusicGet my book The Scouting JourneyGet my book So Far So GoodThe post Podcast 372 – Eagle Scout Advancement appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.
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