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Creating a strategic_direction_for_your_troop

  1. 1. Creating a Strategic Direction For Your Troop Steve Myers Scoutmaster, Troop One, Akron Crew Associate Advisor, Crew 2001, Akronmyers@uakron.edu trooponeakron.org The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  2. 2. TroopOneakron.orghttp://TroopOneAkron.org/univofscouting.html http://trooponeakron.org/policy.html The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  3. 3. Learning Objectives• Learn why a troop needs a vision• Sample write some vision statements• A written troop policy is critical to achieve the vision• Strategic directions are the fine tuning of the achievement of the vision The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  4. 4. • The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Boy Scout Oath and Law.• It is the Vision of the Great Trail Council to reinforce traditional family values through the delivery of Boy Scout programs that will foster creativity, promote family unity, and inspire and motivate our Boy Scouts to develop the skills that will provide the foundation needed to become productive citizens. The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  5. 5. Try to write a vision statement The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  6. 6. What Issues Do Your Troop Revisit over and over? The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  7. 7. What Issues Do Your Troop Revisit over and over? • Aren’t you tired of always revisiting the same issues over and over? • Doesnt anyone remember how we used to do it? • Doesn’t anyone remember the direction you set last year? The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  8. 8. Where Do You See Your Troop in the next 3 to 5 years? The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  9. 9. Do you have a Vision for your Troop?The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  10. 10. A troop without vision lacks direction How can you know where to go if you don’t know where you want to end up?So lets see how the goals and vision are achieved by a group of boys called Boy Scouts. The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  11. 11. What are the steps to creating avision and policy for your troop?• Formative Action – Initial • Brainstorming and • Collection of Best Practices – On-going • PLCs • Strategic Direction nights (2 per year) • Policy voting (twice per year)• Summative Action – Distribute Strategic Directions & Policy with Goals – Remember to Evaluate (quarterly PLCs, Annual Goal Setting, Annual Planning conference) The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  12. 12. Formative Action– Initial • Brainstorming and • Collection of Best Practices– Where and when might this happen?– Who should be involved?– Write down the collection of best practices– Include a statement of vision– Distribute to PLC and a few adults (such as Adv. Chair and CC) The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  13. 13. Formative Action• On-going – PLCs • Every month the PLC has an opportunity to effect the direction of the troop. • Remember the good ideas for the Strategic Direction night. – Two nights per year (Friday night of JLT, the Friday after SPL elections and on the 3rd Friday of March and Sept.) • Strategic Direction nights • Policy voting The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  14. 14. Summative Action• Distribute Strategic Directions & New Policy with Annual Goals – March and September COHs – Usually put on the web or posted to troopone@yahoogroups.com – Policy is distributed every 6 months in the T1 JLT notebooks• Remember to Evaluate (quarterly PLCs, Annual Goal Setting, Annual Planning conference) The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  15. 15. Strategic Direction NightsAnnounce Results to the Troop Family Strategic Directions is a term we in Troop One use for the process and the results of a discussion among the boy leaders of the troop at two dates in the year. Those dates occur during the Junior Leader Training weekend held in March and September. These statements below recognize problems or concerns with the running of our troop. Solutions are presented that represent the will of the boy leadership as to how the troop operations will be conducted. Sometimes, Strategic Directions, after being tried in daily operation are voted on by the PLC and given the force of Troop Policy. Our troop policy is available on the web at http://trooponeakron.org/policy.html. Every Leader coming to Troop Junior Leader training gets a notebook with the policy printed out. The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  16. 16. Strategic Directions• Let’s look at some examples• Notice how they were voted to policy or dropped after 6, 12, 18, … months The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  17. 17. New Policy: Uniform for campouts.First proposed March 2001, approved forpolicy inclusion March 2002 after 12 months of trial.Problem: Some scouts continually show up unprepared forcampouts either by lack of preparing or lack of understanding.Policy: It will be the rule of this Troop that anyone not wearingboots on Friday evening or the date of departure on a trip willbe required to return home to get their boots or will not beallowed to camp. “No boots, no camping.”Further we travel in full Boy Scout uniform and we wear scoutpants, scout belt and scout socks. Uniform inspections will beregularly held. Exceptions may be made by the SPL. Current status: policy The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  18. 18. New Policy: Eligibility for elected officeFirst proposed March 2002Approved for policy inclusion, Sept 2002, after 6months of trial.No scout may hold elected office if at anytime duringtheir term they turn 18 years of age. The term isassumed to run between the dates of the elections,that is, between the 3rd weeks of March andSeptember. Current status: policy The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  19. 19. Strategic Direction #2: GamesFirst proposed March 2001, revised September 2001Problem: We do not play enough games.Solution: The PLC will plan a game into every meeting timeon the Troop One Meeting Planning Sheet unless the natureof the evening activity makes a game impossible. The SPLis asked to enforce strict time control over both the scoutsand the adults as the program is executed. The programpatrol is responsible for running the game. We will attemptto use more Boy Scout games on campouts as well. Current status: droppedThe University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  20. 20. Strategic Direction #4:Only Scouts May Sign Boy Scout HandbooksFirst proposed in PLC, passed September 2001, approved for policy inclusionMarch 2002 after more than 6 months of trial.Problem: Many scouts who complete a requirement are never required to exercisethat skill and be put in the position of a teacher of other scouts. No where is thismore apparent than in the skills most often taught and signed off by an adult. Theproblem is having all older boys not being responsible for the advancement ofyounger scouts.Solution: Only scouts may sign Boy Scout handbooks indicating that a requirementhas been completed. Adults may instruct but a Scout must sign. It is our desire thatthe adults that have so much to give will concentrate on training the older scouts totrain the younger scouts and to serve as mentors of the teaching process.Scoutmasters retain the right and obligation to sign for Scout Spirit and ScoutmasterConference completion and the Troop Committee retains the right and obligation tosign for completion of the Boards of Review.The only Scouts empowered by the PLC to sign books are those Scouts meetingboth of the following requirements. (1) The scout must be a first class scout, and (2)the scout must hold the office of Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior PatrolLeader, Troop Guide, or Instructor; or be a Patrol Leader and have the expressedconsent of both the Scoutmaster and the SPL.Rights to sign can be at anytime be removed by agreement of both the SPL and theScoutmaster. Current status: policy The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  21. 21. How can you capture the Vision?• It happens in slow incremental steps• It gets written down• It gets remembered• It settles arguments• It empowers your leaders• It protects your boys from the adults• It introduces democracy in action since on any issue the minority has to follow the will of the majority for at least the next six months. The University of Scouting February 11, 2012
  22. 22. Creating a Strategic Direction For Your Troop Thank you. Now go and do likewise. Steve Myers TroopOneAkron.org Or email us Myers@uakron.edu The University of Scouting February 11, 2012

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