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Troop Leader Training Cue Cards


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Presenter Notes for the TLT Training sessions.

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Troop Leader Training Cue Cards

  1. 1. <ul><li>Welcome to Troop Leadership Training“Training boy leaders to run THEIR troop is the Scoutmaster’s most important job.”“Train Scouts to do a job, then let them do it.”“Never do anything a boy can do”IntroductionScouting offers you opportunities to learn and use leadership skills.Organizing Patrols, Teaching Outdoor skills Using Duty rosters, Help to ensure patrol safetyPlanning menus Handle patrol financesProblem solving Helping other scouts LeadEncouraging Advancement “The badge of office does not automatically make you a good leader”QuestionsHow many have bee through this course before?How many have been to the council level NYLT (White Buffalo) course?How many have been to the National course at Philmont?AGENDAWe will work throught the three TLT modulesIntroduction to Leadership (KNOW)How to fulfill your position (BE)What is expected of me? (DO)We’ll have fun some fun.Take breaksPresent “Trained” patches and certificates.MODULE ONEIntroduction to Troop Leadership – KnowIntroduction to Troop Leadership – KNOWThis session focuses on what a new leader must KNOW.Introduction to Troop Leadership – KNOWThe Scout-Led Troop and Living the Scout Oath and Law“THE SCOUT LEAD TROOP”The Scout-Led TroopREAD: “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.’”What does it mean when we say “a scout-led troop”?The BSA's definition is that “empowering scouts to be leaders” is the core of Scouting.Troop Leadership PositionsA Boy Scout troop is a small democracy. The scouts are formed into patrols, plan the troop’s program and make it a reality.In order for that to happen, our troop relies upon Scouts serving in positions of responsibility. The Job of the Senior Patrol LeaderThe Senior patrol leader is the head scout of the troop. He is in charge and his job is to make sure things go as planned. He is always looking ahead do the next activity. He solicits help from the other scout and adult leaders. The Senior Patrol Leader has lots of helpers he can call onThe Assistant Senior Patrol LeaderThat’s what assistants are forThe Patrol Leaders’ CouncilPatrol Leaders, Troop Guide, Assist Junior Scoutmaster, etc. The Other Troop LeadersScribe, Librarian, Instructor, Historian, Quartermaster, Order of the Arrow Troop Representative, Bugler and Chaplain AideThe Adult Leaders, Troop Committee and ParentsHelping Others GrowThe SPL’s job also involves developing the other scout leaders. He leads by setting the example and delegating responsibility to other scouts. It is the SPL’s job to get someone to do it and make sure they are successful.The SPL has many resources to draw from:BSA HandbookTroop Program FeaturesTraining GuidesOther Scout LeadersThe troop’s adult leaders and parents The Patrol Leaders’ CouncilThe PLC plans and runs the troop’s activities.They conduct the ANNUAL PROGRAM PLANNING CONFERENCE to lay out the troop’s calendar for the coming year.They meet monthly to fine-tune upcoming meetings and outingsPatrol Leaders and Guides represent their patrols to the PLC and the PLC to their patrols.Troop Service Leaders may be invited to the PLC meeting as necessary.The SM attends the PLC meetings as a coach.Introduction to Troop Leadership – KnowThe Scout-Led Troop and Living the Scout Oath and LawDiscussion of a Scout-Led PatrolThe Scout Led Patrol“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.” “The object of the patrol method is not so much saving the Scoutmaster trouble as to give responsibility to the boy.” “Scouting is a game for boys under the leadership of boys under the direction of a man.”Why Patrols?Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout Troop. A small group of youth who are more or less similar in age, development, and interests. As a team, the Patrol members share the responsibility of making the patrol a success. Each patrol selects a name for itself, decides on a yell, & designs a flag. A patrol takes pride in its own identity, & its members strive to make theirs the best patrol possible. 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.Three Types of Patrols (1 of 3)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.Three Types of Patrols (2 of 3)New-Scout PatrolThe New-Scout 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. Three Types of Patrols (3 of 3)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.Patrol PositionsPatrol Leader – leader elected by patrol members.Assistant Patrol Leader – serves in place of PL and tackles special projects for PLPatrol Scribe – The patrol secretary. Attendance, log book, patrol dues, budget for outingsPatrol Quartermaster – Manages patrol equipment makes sure it is clean and ready to usePatrol Grubmaster – In charge of menus for hikes and campouts.Patrol Cheermaster – leads the patrol in songs yells & skits.How do you do it all!?!Tackle one piece at a time!Carry a pocket notepad and pen/pencil and write stuff down.Use your Patrol Leader’s Handbook. DISCUSSION…Patrol MeetingsPatrol ActivitiesPatrol NamesPatrol Leaders’ JobHow do you do it all!?!Tackle one piece at a time!Carry a pocket notepad and pen/pencil and write stuff down.Use your Patrol Leader’s Handbook. Introduction to Troop Leadership – KnowThe Scout-Led Troop and Living the Scout Oath and LawDiscussion of a Scout-Led PatrolReview of the Troop Organization Chart“So far we have discussed the concept of a scout-led troop and a scout lead patrol. Let’s have a look at how our troop is currently organized.”Review The Troop’s Organization ChartOur Troop as part of the National Scouting OrganizationBoy Scouts of AmericaNational Council, Boy Scouts of AmericaChief Scout ExecutiveGreater Niagara Frontier CouncilScout Executive Cayuga District ExecutiveTroop 468Charter OrganizationTroop CommitteeIntroduction to Troop Leadership -KnowThe Scout-Led Troop and Living the Scout Oath and LawDiscussion of a Scout-Led PatrolReview of the Troop Organization ChartPosition OverviewThe Senior Patrol LeaderIs elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the troopThe SPL reports to the Scoutmaster.Senior Patrol Leader DutiesPreside at all troop meetings, events, activities, and annual program planning conferenceChair the patrol leaders' councilAppoint boy leaders with the advice and consent of the ScoutmasterAssign duties and responsibilities to other scout leadersWork with the Scoutmaster in training scout leadersAs with all Troop Leaders …Sets a good ExampleEnthusiastically wears the Scout Uniform correctlyLives by the Scout Oath and LawShows and helps develop Scout SpiritThe Assistant Senior Patrol LeaderSecond highest junior leader in the troopAppointed by the SPLHelps lead meetings and activities as called upon by the Senior Patrol LeaderGuides the troop in the Senior Patrol Leader's absenceAssistant Senior Patrol Leader DutiesHelps the senior patrol leader lead meetings and activities.Runs the troop in the absence of the senior patrol leader.Helps train and supervise the troop scribe, quartermaster, instructor, librarian, historian, and chaplain's aide.Serves as a member of the patrol leaders' council.The Patrol LeaderThe patrol leader is the elected leader of his patrol.He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council.Reports to the senior patrol leaderThe Patrol Leader’s DutiesAppoints the assistant patrol leader.Represents the patrol on the patrol leaders’ council. Plans and steers patrol meetings.Helps Scouts advance.Acts as the chief recruiter of new Scouts.Keeps patrol members informed.Prepares the patrol to take part in all troop activities.Shows and helps develop patrol spirit Works with other troop leaders to make the troop run wellKnows what patrol members and other leaders can doThe Assistant Patrol LeaderIs appointed by the patrol leaderLeads the patrol in his absence.Assistant Patrol Leader DutiesHelps the patrol leader plan and lead patrol meetings and activitiesHelps the patrol leader keep patrol members informedHelps the patrol leader prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activitiesLeads the patrol in the patrol leaders absenceShows and helps develop patrol spiritRepresents the patrol at all patrol leaders' council meetings in the patrol leaders absenceWorks with other troop leaders to make the troop run wellThe Patrol’s OrganizationPatrol Scribe - Keeps patrol log, attendance records, dues, budgets for patrol activitiesPatrol Grubmaster - Menu planner, food shopper, sees that the patrol “eats right”Patrol Quartermaster - Keeps patrol gear in orderPatrol Cheermaster - Leads songs, yells, stunts, and campfire programsPatrol Chief Cook - Organizes cooking meals Patrol Organization = Sharing LeadershipThe patrol jobs can be for months or for only the weekend at a timeRotate assignments - plenty of jobs to go aroundSharing responsibility gives each Scout a chance to “buy in” to the effortIf each has a part in a plan’s creation, each will do his best to make it come out rightThe Troop Guide-- Guide for the new scout patrolIntroduces new Scouts to troop operations.Guides new Scouts through early Scouting activities.Shields new Scouts from harassment by older Scouts.Helps new Scouts earn the First Class rank in their first year.Coaches the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol on his duties.Works with the patrol leader at the patrol leaders' council meetings.Attends patrol leaders' council meetings with the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol.Assists the assistant Scoutmaster with training.Coaches individual Scouts on Scouting challenges.Other Troop Leadership PositionsEvery troop needs a Corps of Leadership and Service to get the job doneThese are the important jobs beyond the Patrol, the “Behind the Scenes” duties that are very important to the whole Troop!All of the following leaders report to the Assistant Senior Patrol LeaderThe QuartermasterKeeps records of patrol and troop equipment.Keeps equipment in good repair.Keeps equipment storage area neat and clean.Issues equipment and see that it is returned in good order.Suggests new or replacement items.Works with the troop committee member responsible for equipment.Troop ScribeAttends and keeps a log of the Patrol Leaders' Council meetings.Records attendance and dues payments of all troop members.Works with the appropriate troop committee members responsible for finance, records, and advancement.Troop HistorianCollects & preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards & other memorabilia.Gathers pictures and facts about past activities of the troop and keep them in scrapbooks, wall displays, or information files.Takes care of the troop trophies and keepsakes.Collects information about former Scouts and leaders and makes materials available for Scouting activities, media contacts, & troop history projects.Troop LibrarianEstablishes and maintains a troop library.Keeps records on literature owned by the troop.Adds new or replacement items as needed.Has literature available for borrowing at troop meetings.Maintains a system to check literature in and out.Follows up on late returns.Troop InstructorsOlder Troop member proficient both in Scouting skills & in the ability to teach that skill to others.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.Prepares well in advance for each teaching assignment.Chaplain’s AideKeeps troop leaders appraised of religious holidays when planning activities.Assists the troop chaplain or religious coordinator in meeting the religious needs of troop members while on activities.Encourages saying grace at meals while camping or on activities.Leads worship services on campouts.Tells troop members about the religious emblems program for their faith.Den ChiefServes as the activities assistant at den meetings including games and experience.Meets regularly with the den leader to assist & review the den meeting & field activity plans.Leads songs, stunts and skits for den & pack meetings.Projects a positive image of Boy Scouting.If serving as a Webelos den chief, help prepare the boys to join Boy Scouting.Junior Assistant ScoutmasterServes in the capacity of an assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required.He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18.He may be appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader because of his leadership ability.Reports to the ScoutmasterFunctions as an assistant Scoutmaster.Performs duties as assigned by the Scoutmaster.Troop BuglerSounds Taps, Assembly and Revelry at troop campoutsSounds Assembly at weekly meetings “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”Order of the Arrow Troop RepresentativeServes as a communication link between the troop & the local OA lodge or chapterEnhances the image of the Order as a service arm to the troop, district & councilAttends the monthly District OA meetings and reports back to the troopPromotes the OA in the troop by inviting other Arrowmen to participate in OA activitiesEncourages year-round & resident camping in the troopModule One – KnowThe Scout-Led Troop and Living the Scout Oath and LawDiscussion of a Scout-Led PatrolReview of the Troop Organization ChartPosition OverviewNational Honor Patrol Award RequirementsNational Honor Patrol Award(Give Handouts and review the requirements)TAKE A BREAKMODULE TWOHow to fulfill Your Position – BEHow to Fulfill Your Position – BeThis session, on how to fulfill your role’s responsibilities, focuses on what a leader must BE!Scoutmaster’s Vision of SuccessTeaching EDGE™ Discussion Troop ProgressAssignment How to Fulfill Your Position – BeScoutmaster’s Vision of SuccessHand out both scoutmaster and SPL vision statements.Scoutmaster briefly discusses his vision.The SPL briefly discusses his vision.Vision of SuccessExplain how vision fits in with planning and goals.“without a vision the people perish”The vision is the picture of the way things should be!How to Fulfill Your Position – BeScoutmaster’s Vision of SuccessTeaching EDGE™ Discussion What Is EDGE?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.ExplainDemonstrateGuideEnablePRACTICAL EXAMPLE:Teach a scouting skill to a scout using EDGE:Compass work, or A knot etc.Teaching EDGEExplaining: Clarifies the subject for the learning AND the instructor.Demonstrating; Allows the learner to see as well as hear. Can follow the process from beginning to end.Guiding: Learn by doing. Allows instructor to see how well learners are grasping the skill.Enabling: Allows learners to use the skill themselves. Encourages repetition-an important part of mastering a skill.Point out how you used each of these in your demonstration.Scout Leadership Training ContinuumThese are some of the basic tools you will need. There are many others available to make you a better leader. Scouting has additional training available to you that will make you better leaders not only in your troop but throughout your life. How to Fulfill Your Position – BeThis session, on how to fulfill your role’s responsibilities, focuses on what a leader must BE!Scoutmaster’s Vision of SuccessTeaching EDGE™ Discussion Troop ProgressTROOP PROGRESSHow is the troop Doing?Lead a Start-Stop-Continue session with the scouts.Capturing the feedback on a flip chart.Point out that this information will be given to the PLC for action.How to Fulfill Your Position – BeThis session, on how to fulfill your role’s responsibilities, focuses on what a leader must BE!Scoutmaster’s Vision of SuccessTeaching EDGE™ Discussion Troop ProgressAssignment ASSIGNMENTGet to know the Scouts you are responsible for leading.What do they need?TAKE A BREAKMODULE THREEWhat Is Expected of Me? DOWhat Is Expected of Me? – DOPosition Descriptions and ExpectationsServant Leadership – Motivating Scouts to LeadDefining Success in Your PositionScoutmaster Conference