First Class in First Year

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Learn how to develop and implement a Troop program to help new Scouts achieve the First Class rank by the end of their first year.

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First Class in First Year

  1. 1. First Class in First Year 1
  2. 2. First Class in First Year John Green john-green.net @johndashgreen facebook.com/jgreen 2
  3. 3. First Class in First Year Is First Class in the First Year a BSA Requirement? NO But it is highly encouraged. 3
  4. 4. Why is it encouraged? Statistics 4
  5. 5. A Stats based mandate? 5
  6. 6. A Stats based mandate? • Push new scouts through because - that's how it needs to be done 6
  7. 7. A Stats based mandate? • Push new scouts through because - that's how it needs to be done • Ignore it because it's a numbers game and has nothing to do with the reality of your troop 7
  8. 8. A Stats based mandate? • Push new scouts through because - that's how it needs to be done • Ignore it because it's a numbers game and has nothing to do with the reality of your troop 8
  9. 9. 2013 Clarification 9
  10. 10. 2013 Clarification Previous statement: It is important that the troop committee and the Scoutmaster set an advancement goal for the year. A basic goal should be for each Scout to advance a rank during the year. New Scouts should earn the First Class rank during their first year in the troop. By doing so, these new Scouts become net contributors to the troop and are able to care for themselves and others. 10
  11. 11. 2013 Clarification 2013 statement: (Unit advancement coordinators) Assist the unit leader in establishing practices that will provide opportunities for each new Boy Scout to achieve First Class rank within 12 to 18 months of joining, and Star rank soon thereafter. 11
  12. 12. 2013 Clarification A troop that provides the opportunity for First Class in the first year = an active, healthy troop 12
  13. 13. Signs of an active, healthy troop: • goes camping regularly • campouts provide numerous opportunities to learn and use Scouting skills • follows the Patrol Method • older Scouts can readily use the EDGE method to instruct new Scouts 13
  14. 14. 2013 Clarification A troop that pushes Scouts to advance by creating a plan that moves them along a specific timeline = unhealthy troop 14
  15. 15. Signs of an unhealthy troop: • Pushing a timeline is not fun to most Scouts • Unfulfilled requirements = conclusion they are falling behind • Too far behind that they will never catch up, and they leave • Requirement signed off but no skill actually learned • Unskilled older Scouts passing off bad skills • No more requirements to challenge them, and they leave 15
  16. 16. Nature Not Lecture 16
  17. 17. Nature Not Lecture Boys sitting through a lecture to learn new skills isn’t what Scouting is about. Scouting is supposed to be about “preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.” by using the methods of scouting. 17
  18. 18. Methods of Scouting • • • • • • • • Advancement Ideals Patrols Outdoors Adult Association Personal Growth Leadership Development Uniform 18
  19. 19. Nature Not Lecture An active healthy program fulfills requirements in the background 19
  20. 20. Nature Not Lecture Naturally, in the course of these activities, they are building skills. 20
  21. 21. Nature Not Lecture Tent cleanliness lecture? Let the nightly visits by the skunks do it for you! 21
  22. 22. Nature Not Secret People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. Keep Scouts up to date on where they stand and ask them where they want to go. 22
  23. 23. First Class in First Year Can you expect every new Scout to do it? NO 23
  24. 24. First Class in First Year • Competition for time and attention. • Seasonal Scouts • No Parent/Guardian support • No patrol method NO 24
  25. 25. First Class in First Year Should Scouts earn First class in the first year? YES 25
  26. 26. How Do We Do It? Use a specific, time driven plan? NO 26
  27. 27. How Do We Do It? • Defines monthly themes for a Troop Program • Does not provide opportunities for new Scouts to achieve all the requirements 27
  28. 28. First Year Programs Found Online • Most run March through March of the following year • Most fall into the same trap of LECTURE NOT NATURE 28
  29. 29. Develop Your Program Make It Personal Your plan has to fit with the themes and traditions for your troop and your specific calendar. 29
  30. 30. Develop Your Program Make It Full Of Opportunities Have an outing EVERY month. 30
  31. 31. Develop Your Program Make It Knowledgeable Leadership must be aware of the opportunities and requirements. 31
  32. 32. Develop Your Program Make It Fun Who wants to sit in a church basement and hear a lecture on Hiking Safety?! 32
  33. 33. Develop Your Program Make It Count Learn the skill, not just participate in it at one campout 33
  34. 34. Develop Your Program Make Hay While The Sun Shines Make a part of your program working with your Pack's Webelos 34
  35. 35. What Really Matters The important thing is not how fast or far a Scout advances but who it is they become. 35
  36. 36. First Class in First Year Lecture Slides: tinyurl.com/firstclassfirstyear 36

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