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  • Welcome to Troop Leadership Training
  • Troop Leader Training

    1. 1. Mark Vincett - Scoutmaster<br />Kevin Peebles – Senior Patrol Leader<br />Troop 468<br />October 2009<br />Troop Leadership Training<br />
    2. 2. Quotes from the founder—Robert S. S. Baden-Powell<br />“Training boy leaders to run their troop is the Scoutmaster&apos;s most important job.”<br />“Train Scouts to do a job, then let them do it.”<br />“Never do anything a boy can do.”<br />
    3. 3. Introduction<br />Scouting offers young people a rich and varied arena in which to learn and use leadership skills. Among the challenges encountered by a troop&apos;s youth leaders are:<br />The badge of office presented to a Scout who accepts a position of troop leadership does not automatically make him a good leader.<br />
    4. 4. How many have been through this course before?<br />How many have been to the Council level White Buffalo course?<br />How many have been to the National course at Philmont?<br />Questions<br />
    5. 5. We will work through the three TLT modules:<br />Module One – Introduction to Leadership (Know)To learn what you must Know to successfully fill your new leadership position.<br />Module Two – How to Fulfill Your Position (Be)To learn what you, a youth leader, must Be to be successful.<br />Module Three – What is Expected of Me? (Do)To learn what you must Do to carry out your new responsibilities.<br />Have some fun while learning.<br />Take breaks and have Lunch <br />Present “Trained” Patches and Certificates<br />AgendaWhy are we here today?<br />
    6. 6. Module One<br />Introduction to Troop Leadership - Know<br />
    7. 7. This session focuses on what a new leader must know.<br />The Scout-Led Troop and Living the Scout Oath and Law<br />Discussion of a Scout-Led patrol<br />Review of the Troop Organization Chart<br />Position Overview<br />National Honor Patrol Award Requirements<br />Introduction to Troop Leadership - Know<br />
    8. 8. Introduction to Troop Leadership - Know<br />The Scout-Led Troop and Living the Scout Oath and Law<br />
    9. 9. “ A leader is best when people barely know he exists; not so good when people obey and acclaim him; worst when they despise him. But a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say ‘we did it ourselves.’ ” <br /> -- Chinese Philosopher Sun-Tsu<br />The Scout-Led Troop– Living the Scout Oath and Law<br />
    10. 10. Troop Leadership Positions<br />
    11. 11. The master of ceremonies<br />Makes sure things happen as planned<br />Looks ahead to the “next time”<br />Did the original plan really work out well?<br />What should we do differently next time?<br />Should hold a critique after each activity<br />Looks to his friends, the Scoutmaster and his fellow leaders as helpful resources<br />Standing Tall, Up Front– The Job of the Senior Patrol Leader<br />
    12. 12. The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader<br />That’s what assistants are for<br />The Patrol Leaders’ Council<br />Patrol Leaders, Troop Guide, Assist Junior Scoutmaster, etc.<br />The Other Troop Leaders<br />Scribe, Librarian, Instructor, Historian, Quartermaster, Order of the Arrow Troop Representative, Bugler and Chaplain Aide<br />The Adult Leaders, Troop Committee and Parents<br />The Senior Patrol Leader has lots of helpers he can call on<br />
    13. 13. When someone doesn’t do the assigned task, it is the SPL’s job to find someone who will<br />He needs to resist the urge to pick up a dropped ball and run with it -<br />Rather, pick it up and pass it to someone else<br />This is called DELEGATING<br />Delegating is one trait of a good leader<br />It allows others to grow in experience<br />Helping Others Grow<br />
    14. 14. Boy Scout Handbook<br />The basic tool for all Scouting<br />Troop Program Features - a good source for:<br />Games (for learning andfor fun)<br />Ceremonies (how about some new ideas?)<br />Program monthly themes<br />The Troop’s collection of Training Guides<br />The other junior leaders<br />The Troop’s adult leaders & parents<br />Other Resources<br />
    15. 15. The PLC:<br />Plans & runs the Troop’s program & activities<br />Conducts an Annual Program Planning Conference to lay out the troop’s calendar for the coming year<br />Meets monthly to fine-tune upcoming meetings & outings<br />PLs & Guide presents ideas & concerns of their patrols, then takes the council’s decisions to the rest of the troop members<br />The SPL leads & plans the PLC meetings then prepares an agenda for the other leaders<br />The Troop Service Leaders may be invited as needed to PLC. The Scoutmaster attends the PLC as a coach<br />The Scoutmaster & Troop Committee retain veto power over decisions of the PLC when plans violate safety & well-being<br />The Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC)<br />
    16. 16. Introduction to Troop Leadership - Know<br />The Scout-Led Troop and Living the Scout Oath and Law<br />Discussion of a Scout-Led Patrol<br />
    17. 17. The Scout Led Patrol<br />“The patrol method is not a way to operate a Boy Scout troop, it is the only way. Unless the Patrol method is in operation you don’t really have a Boy Scout troop.”--- Robert Baden-Powell<br />“The object of the patrol method is not so much saving the Scoutmaster trouble as to give responsibility to the boy.”--- Robert Baden-Powell<br />“Scouting is a game for boys under the leadership of boys under the direction of a man.”--- Robert Baden-Powell<br />
    18. 18. Why Patrols?<br />Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout Troop. <br />A small group of youth who are more or less similar in age, development, and interests. <br />As a team, the Patrol members share the responsibility of making the patrol a success. <br />Each patrol selects a name for itself, decides on a yell, & designs a flag. <br />A patrol takes pride in its own identity, & its members strive to make theirs the best patrol possible. <br />The ideal size of a patrol is eight. This size is appropriate not only for effective patrol & troop meetings, but also for hiking & camping without leaving a trace.<br />
    19. 19. Regular PatrolComposed of scouts who have completed the First Class requirements or who are at least in the seventh grade. Most of them have been around scouting long enough to be comfortable with patrol & troop routines.<br />New-Scout PatrolThe New-Scouts function together as a patrol during their first year in the troop, working toward their goal of completing the requirements for the First Class rank. A Troop Guide & Assistant Scoutmaster-New Scouts Patrol serves to ensure each Scout has every opportunity to succeed right from the start.<br />Venture PatrolThe older-boy patrol (13 through17) within a troop. They have the maturity & experience to plan & take part in more challenging high-adventure outings & sports activities. The Assistant Scoutmaster-Venture Patrol can help the patrol transform their plans into action.<br />Three Types of Patrols<br />
    20. 20. Patrol LeaderJust as it sounds the Leader of his Patrol. Elected by the members of Patrol but not as a popularity contest. The Patrol Leader represents the patrols’ needs & desires on the Patrol Leaders Council. <br />Assistant Patrol LeaderAssistant to the Patrol Leader & serves in his place when absent. He may carry out special assignments given him by the patrol leader.<br />Patrol ScribeThe patrols secretary. He checks attendance, keeps the patrol logbook current, collects & records patrol dues & helps prepare budgets for outings.<br />Patrol QuartermasterMaintains an inventory of the patrol’s equipment & makes sure it is clean & ready to use.<br />Patrol GrubmasterIn charge of assisting the patrol in putting together menus for hikes & campouts. He takes the lead in making all food-related arrangements for the patrol’s outdoor programs.<br />Patrol CheermasterLeads the patrol in songs, yells & stunts during meetings & campout programs.<br />Patrol Positions<br />
    21. 21. DISCUSSION…<br />What Makes A Patrol Successful?<br />
    22. 22. Patrol Leaders’ Job<br />Tackle one piece at a time<br />How Can I Remember Everything?<br />Carry a Pocket note pad and pen/pencil & write it down<br />Think of your Patrol Leader’s Handbook as a toolbox.<br />Take it with you to meetings<br />Take it on campouts<br />Take it to summer camp<br />Most important! - Take time to read it!<br />
    23. 23. Introduction to Troop Leadership - Know<br />The Scout-Led Troop and Living the Scout Oath and Law<br />Discussion of a Scout-Led Patrol<br />Review of the Troop Organization Chart<br />
    24. 24. Pastor NegusCharter Organization Executive<br />Mrs. GerberCharter Organization Representative<br />MrsKrullCommittee Chair<br />Mr. VincettScoutmaster<br />Troop Committee(Fill in Name) Comm. SecretaryMrs. PeeblesFinance ChairMrs. VolkerAdvancement ChairMr. KrullActivities Chair<br />(Fill in Name) Troop ChaplainOther Committee MembersMrs. Vincett<br />Mr. GirasAssistant Scoutmaster <br />Mr.MaryniewskiAssistant Scoutmaster<br />Jeff KihlJr. Asst Scoutmaster<br />Kevin PeeblesSenior Patrol Leader<br />Luke VincettAsst. Senior Patrol Ldr<br />Ken MazurkiewiczPatrol Leader<br />David krullPatrol Leader<br />Den Chiefs<br />David Krull<br />Kevin Peebles<br />Asst. Patrol Leader<br />Francis BakerAsst. Patrol Leader<br />David krullQuartermaster<br />Nick PetersInstructor<br />Scribe<br />OA Troop Rep<br />Randy StantonLibrarian<br />Francis BakerHistorian<br />Chaplain Aide<br />Review The Troop’s Organization Chart<br />
    25. 25. Our Troop as part of the National Scouting Organization<br />Boy Scouts of America<br />Robert J. MazzucaNational Council, Boy Scouts of AmericaChief Scout Executive<br />Patrick CovielloGreater Niagara Frontier CouncilScout Executive <br />Kevin GrossCayuga District Executive<br />Troop 468 (Lancaster Presbyterian Church)<br />Charter Organization Executive: Pastor Negus<br />Committee ChairMrs. Krull<br />Committee MembersMr. KrullMrs. VolkerMrs. Vincett<br />
    26. 26. Introduction to Troop Leadership - Know<br />The Scout-Led Troop and Living the Scout Oath and Law<br />Discussion of a Scout-Led Patrol<br />Review of the Troop Organization Chart<br />Position Overview<br />
    27. 27. The Senior Patrol Leader<br />Is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the troop<br />The SPL reports to the Scoutmaster.<br />
    28. 28. Preside at all troop meetings, events, activities, and annual program planning conference<br />Chair the patrol leaders&apos; council<br />Appoint boy leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster<br />Assign duties and responsibilities to other scout leaders<br />Work with the Scoutmaster in training scout leaders<br />Senior Patrol Leader Duties<br />
    29. 29. Sets a good Example<br />Enthusiastically wears the Scout Uniform correctly<br />Lives by the Scout Oath and Law<br />Shows and helps develop Scout Spirit<br />As with all Troop Leaders …<br />
    30. 30. The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader<br />Second highest junior leader in the troop<br />Appointed by the SPL<br />Helps lead meetings and activities as called upon by the Senior Patrol Leader<br />Guides the troop in the Senior Patrol Leader&apos;s absence<br />
    31. 31. Helps the senior patrol leader lead meetings and activities.<br />Runs the troop in the absence of the senior patrol leader.<br />Helps train and supervise the troop scribe, quartermaster, instructor, librarian, historian, and chaplain&apos;s aide.<br />Serves as a member of the patrol leaders&apos; council.<br />Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Duties<br />
    32. 32. The Patrol Leader<br />The patrol leader is the elected leader of his patrol.<br />He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council.<br />Reports to the senior patrol leader<br />
    33. 33. Appoints the assistant patrol leader.<br />Represents the patrol on the patrol leaders’ council. <br />Plans and steers patrol meetings.<br />Helps Scouts advance.<br />Acts as the chief recruiter of new Scouts.<br />Keeps patrol members informed.<br />Prepares the patrol to take part in all troop activities.<br />Shows and helps develop patrol spirit <br />Works with other troop leaders to make the troop run well<br />Knows what patrol members and other leaders can do<br />The Patrol Leader’s Duties<br />
    34. 34. The Assistant Patrol Leader<br />Is appointed by the patrol leader <br />Leads the patrol in the patrol leader’s absence.<br />
    35. 35. Helps the patrol leader plan and lead patrol meetings and activities<br />Helps the patrol leader keep patrol members informed<br />Helps the patrol leader prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activities<br />Leads the patrol in the patrol leaders absence<br />Shows and helps develop patrol spirit<br />Represents the patrol at all patrol leaders&apos; council meetings in the patrol leaders absence<br />Works with other troop leaders to make the troop run well<br />Assistant Patrol Leader Duties<br />
    36. 36. The Patrol’s Organization<br />Patrol Scribe - Keeps patrol log, attendance records, dues, budgets for patrol activities<br />Patrol Grubmaster- Menu planner, food shopper, sees that the patrol “eats right”<br />Patrol Quartermaster - Keeps patrol gear in order<br />Patrol Cheermaster- Leads songs, yells, stunts, and campfire programs<br />Patrol Chief Cook - Organizes cooking meals<br />
    37. 37. The patrol jobs can be for months or for only the weekend at a time<br />Rotate assignments - plenty of jobs to go around<br />Sharing responsibility gives each Scout a chance to “buy in” to the effort<br />If each has a part in a plan’s creation, each will do his best to make it come out right<br />Patrol Organization = Sharing Leadership<br />
    38. 38. Introduces new Scouts to troop operations.<br />Guides new Scouts through early Scouting activities.<br />Shields new Scouts from harassment by older Scouts.<br />Helps new Scouts earn the First Class rank in their first year.<br />Coaches the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol on his duties.<br />Works with the patrol leader at the patrol leaders&apos; council meetings.<br />Attends patrol leaders&apos; council meetings with the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol.<br />Assists the assistant Scoutmaster with training.<br />Coaches individual Scouts on Scouting challenges.<br />The Troop Guide-- Guide for the new scout patrol<br />
    39. 39. Every troop needs a Corps of Leadership and Service to get the job done<br />These are the important jobs beyond the Patrol, the “Behind the Scenes” duties that are very important to the whole Troop!<br />All of the following leaders report to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader<br />Other Troop Leadership Positions<br />
    40. 40. Keeps records of patrol and troop equipment.<br />Keeps equipment in good repair.<br />Keeps equipment storage area neat and clean.<br />Issues equipment and see that it is returned in good order.<br />Suggests new or replacement items.<br />Works with the troop committee member responsible for equipment.<br />The Quartermaster<br />
    41. 41. Attends and keeps a log of the Patrol Leaders&apos; Council meetings.<br />Records attendance and dues payments of all troop members.<br />Works with the appropriate troop committee members responsible for finance, records, and advancement.<br />Troop Scribe<br />
    42. 42. Collects & preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards & other memorabilia.<br />Gathers pictures and facts about past activities of the troop and keep them in scrapbooks, wall displays, or information files.<br />Takes care of the troop trophies and keepsakes.<br />Collects information about former Scouts and leaders and makes materials available for Scouting activities, media contacts, & troop history projects.<br />Troop Historian<br />
    43. 43. Establishes and maintains a troop library.<br />Keeps records on literature owned by the troop.<br />Adds new or replacement items as needed.<br />Has literature available for borrowing at troop meetings.<br />Maintains a system to check literature in and out.<br />Follows up on late returns.<br />Troop Librarian<br />
    44. 44. Older Troop member proficient both in Scouting skills & in the ability to teach that skill to others.<br />Instructs first aid, camping, backpacking – the subject can encompass any of the areas that Scouts want to master, especially those required for outdoor activities & rank advancement.<br />Prepares well in advance for each teaching assignment.<br />Troop Instructors<br />
    45. 45. Keeps troop leaders appraised of religious holidays when planning activities.<br />Assists the troop chaplain or religious coordinator in meeting the religious needs of troop members while on activities.<br />Encourages saying grace at meals while camping or on activities.<br />Leads worship services on campouts.<br />Tells troop members about the religious emblems program for their faith.<br />Chaplain’s Aide<br />
    46. 46. Serves as the activities assistant at den meetings including games and experience.<br />Meets regularly with the den leader to assist & review the den meeting & field activity plans.<br />Leads songs, stunts and skits for den & pack meetings.<br />Projects a positive image of Boy Scouting.<br />If serving as a Webelos den chief, help prepare the boys to join Boy Scouting.<br />Den Chief<br />
    47. 47. Serves in the capacity of an assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required.<br />He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18.<br />He may be appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader because of his leadership ability.<br />Reports to the Scoutmaster<br />Functions as an assistant Scoutmaster.<br />Performs duties as assigned by the Scoutmaster.<br />Junior Assistant Scoutmaster<br />
    48. 48. Troop Bugler<br />Sounds Taps, Assembly and Revelry at troop campouts<br />Sounds Assembly at weekly meetings <br />“The bugle and animal horns which preceded it can be considered not only a musical instrument but a critical form of communication in the days before cell phones, pagers and even watches, it allowed communities and armies to communicate and coordinate over large distances”<br />
    49. 49. Serves as a communication link between the troop & the local OA lodge or chapter<br />Enhances the image of the Order as a service arm to the troop, district & council<br />Attends the monthly District OA meetings and reports back to the troop<br />Promotes the OA in the troop by inviting other Arrowmen to participate in OA activities<br />Encourages year-round & resident camping in the troop<br />Order of the ArrowTroop Representative<br />
    50. 50. Module One -- Know<br />The Scout-Led Troop and Living the Scout Oath and Law<br />Discussion of a Scout-Led Patrol<br />Review of the Troop Organization Chart<br />Position Overview<br />National Honor Patrol Award Requirements<br />
    51. 51. The National Honor Patrol Award is given to patrols whose members make an extra effort to have the best patrol possible. A patrol can earn the award by doing the following over a three-month period:<br />Have a patrol name, flag, and yell. <br />Put your patrol design on equipment and use your patrol yell. Keep patrol records up to date.<br />Hold two patrol meetings every month.<br />Take part in at least one hike, outdoor activity, or other scouting event. <br />Complete two good turns or service projects approved by the PLC.<br />Help two patrol members advance one rank. <br />Wear the full uniform correctly (at least 75 percent of the patrol&apos;s membership).<br />Have a representative attend at least three patrol leaders&apos; council meetings. <br />Have eight members in the patrol or increase patrol memberships over the previous three months. <br />National Honor Patrol Award<br />
    52. 52. TAKE A BREAK<br />
    53. 53. Module Two<br />How to Fulfill Your Position - Be<br />
    54. 54. How to Fulfill Your Position - Be<br />This session, on how to fulfill your role’s responsibilities, focuses on what a leader must BE!<br />Scoutmaster’s Vision of Success<br />Teaching EDGE™ Discussion <br />Troop Progress<br />Assignment<br />
    55. 55. How to Fulfill Your Position - Be<br />Scoutmaster’s Vision of Success<br />
    56. 56. VISION– What success looks like – the picture<br />GOALS – What needs to be done to reach what the group calls success<br />PLANNING – How the group will execute its goals<br />What is our vision of a successful troop?<br />Scoutmaster’s Vision of Success<br />
    57. 57. How to Fulfill Your Position - Be<br />Scoutmaster’s Vision of Success<br />Teaching EDGETM Discussion<br />
    58. 58. What Is EDGE?<br />EDGE™ is the method you will use to teach in our troop. The key to making EDGE™ work is to use it for all teaching opportunities. Make it a habit.<br />The four-step process is simple for teaching any skill.<br />Explain—The trainer explains how something is done.<br />Demonstrate—After the trainer explains, the trainer demonstrates while explaining again.<br />Guide—The learner tries the skill while the trainer guides him through it.<br />Enable—The trainee works on his own under the watchful eye of the trainer. The trainer’s role in this step is to remove any obstacles to success, which enables the learner to succeed.<br />
    59. 59. Explaining is important because…It clarifies the subject for the learner AND for the instructor.<br />Demonstrating is important because…It allows learners to see as well as hear how something is done. They can follow the process from beginning to end. <br />Guiding is important because…It allows learners to learn by doing. It allows the instructor to see how well learners are grasping the skill. <br />Enabling is important because…It allows learners to use the skills themselves. It also encourages repetition—an important part of mastering a skill. I wanted you to keep practicing until you really owned the skill.<br />Teaching EDGE<br />
    60. 60. Scout Leadership Training Continuum<br />Be – Know – Do LeadershipMemory Tips<br />Vision – Goals – Planning: Creating a Picture of Future Success<br />SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely<br />Planning and Problem-Solving Tools: What, How, When, Who<br />Assessment Tools: SSC – Start, Stop, Continue<br />Teaching / Leading EDGE: Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable<br />Conflicting Resolution Tool: EAR – Express, Address, ResolveEthical Decisions: Right vs. Wrong, Right vs. Right, TrivialCommunication: MgSeR – Message, Sender, Receiver<br />Valuing People: - ROPE Reach out, Organize, Practice, Experience<br />
    61. 61. How to Fulfill Your Position - Be<br />Scoutmaster’s Vision of Success<br />Teaching EDGE™ Discussion <br />Troop Progress<br />
    62. 62. How is the Troop doing?<br />Try using the “Start, Stop, Continue” assessment tool<br />What should we start doing that we are not currently doing?<br />What should we stop doing that is not working?<br />What should we continue doing that is working well and helps us succeed? <br />Troop Progress<br />
    63. 63. How to Fulfill Your Position - Be<br />Scoutmaster’s Vision of Success<br />Teaching EDGE™ Discussion <br />Troop Progress<br />Assignment<br />
    64. 64. HOMEWORK<br />Get to know the Scouts you are responsible for leading. What do they need?<br />
    65. 65. TAKE A BREAK<br />
    66. 66. Module Three<br />What Is Expected of Me? - Do<br />
    67. 67. What Is Expected of Me? - Do<br />Position Descriptions and Expectations<br />Servant Leadership – Motivating Scouts to Lead<br />Defining Success in Your Position<br />Scoutmaster Conference<br />
    68. 68. What Is Expected of Me? - Do<br />Position Descriptions and Expectations<br />
    69. 69. Pull out your “Position Description Cards”<br />Are there any questions about various Troop and Patrol leadership positions?<br />Who do you report to?<br />Do I know what is expected of me?<br />Who do you call if you can’t make the meeting?<br />Do I have a Troop Committee member I work with?<br />Are there any questions about the various Troop and Patrol adult leader positions?<br />From whom and where can you find the answers?<br />Position Descriptions & Expectations<br />
    70. 70. What Is Expected of Me? - Do<br />Position Descriptions and Expectations<br />Servant Leadership – Motivating Scouts to Lead<br />
    71. 71. What is Initiative?<br />What is servant leadership to you?<br />Servant Leadership<br />
    72. 72. Ask yourself:<br />Why did they elect or appoint me to a leadership position?<br />Did I accept the position to serve myself or to serve others?<br />Do I like to be “in charge” or “follow”?<br />Can I really make a difference in my brother scout’s scouting experience?<br />Will I devote the time and energy to do this job right?<br />Servant leadership<br />
    73. 73. What Is Expected of Me? - Do<br />Position Descriptions and Expectations<br />Servant Leadership – Motivating Scouts to Lead<br />Defining Success in Your Position<br />
    74. 74. Take some time to think about and then write down your definition of:<br />VISION:<br />Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders:<br /> “What does success look like in our Patrol?”<br />Other Troop Leadership Positions:<br /> “What does success look like in my Position?”<br />GOALS:<br />What needs to be done to reach my vision of success?<br />When you are done come see the Scoutmaster!<br />Defining Success in Your Position<br />
    75. 75. What Is Expected of Me? - Do<br />Position Descriptions and Expectations<br />Servant Leadership – Motivating Scouts to Lead<br />Defining Success in Your Position<br />Scoutmaster Conference<br />
    76. 76. When you are done with your “Definition of Success” come see the Scoutmaster!<br />Scoutmaster Conference<br />
    77. 77. You are now officially trained in your leadership position.<br />For you as a leader, now the hard stuff starts.<br />BE A GOOD ONE!<br />