Scouting/Scoutmaster Training

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Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training

Law of Priority

First things first

also: activity is not necessarily accomplishment

Pareto Principle: 20% of activities are 80% of value

Gathering Activity

The Gathering Activity (game) is something to get the boys excited and to be on time

"Scouting is not just a game, scouting is a game with a purpose"

Pledge of Allegiance

Pledge of Allegiance: "One Nation Under God" - no comma after Nation. Although the pause emphasizes God, what is under God?

Mission of Scouting

"The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their life times by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law
We use the methods of Scouting, including Advancement, the Outdoors, and Adult Association to accomplish these goals"

Scout Master Properties

A Scout Master should be: Young at heart, Patient, Enthusiastic, Family Support, Reliable, Vehicle, Trained, Genuine, Prepared, Good Coach

Genuine - they know if you don't care

Be, Know, Do

Scouting Aims

  • Development - character development
  • Training - citizenship training
  • Fitness - mental and physical training (development) / spiritual and emotional

Methods of Scouting

  1. Patrol Method (priority #11 - out of 11)
  2. Ideals (law/oath/moto/slogan)
  3. Advancement
  4. Personal Growth
  5. Outdoors
  6. Youth Leadership Development
  7. Adult Association
  8. Uniform

If You Build It

If you build it, they will come
If they build, they will come back and teach others
Then, others will come
And the cycle of Principled Leadership goes on
Over and over and over again

-- KLM

Goals of this Training

  1. Scout Leader is manageable
  2. Abundant available resources
  3. Support "Promise of Scouting"
  4. Have a short action plan


  • "When you want a thing done, don't do it yourself" - it is a good motto for Scoutmaster
  • "Show me the poorly uniformed troop and I'll show you a poorly uniformed leader"
  • "The more responsibility the Scoutmaster gives his patrol leaders, the more they will respond"
  • "The Scoutmaster teaches boys to play the game by doing so himself"
  • "An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual"
  • "We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it"
  • "The spirit is there in every boy, it has to be discovered and brought to light"
  • "The patrol system is not one method in which scouting for boys can be carried on. It is the only method."
  • "The Patrol Leader's Council (PLC), not the adult leaders, is responsible for planning and conducting the troop's activities."

Patrol Method

Scoutmasters should:

  • train the boys in leadership skills
  • trust the boys
  • let the boys lead


Tell the Fathers they are encouraged to come on campouts - end emails with this notice (and tell the mothers)

  • but the boys are to hang out with the boys


Smallest and most effective unit in scouting

  • senior patrol leader / assistant
  • patrol leader / assistant
  • quarter master, chaplain aid, scribe, historian, librarian

Have an adult patrol that does its own food, sleeping, packing arrangements

Leader Handbook

Suggestion: Get the Senior Patrol Leader Handbook for your Sr Patrol Leader


Patrol Leader Council (PLC) - held monthly

  • patrol leaders, scribe, assistants
  • round table (scoutmaster off to the side)
  • do weekly when brand new

Meeting Plan

Time - don't put minutes, put time! (?huh - maybe this was to mean deadline clock time to end items?)

  • preopening / opening games
  • opening ceremony - flag / oath & law / uniform inspection
  • group instruction / skill development (MB)
    • Merit Badge counselors - Adult Association!
  • Skill instruction - break out for detailed MB instructions
  • Breakout Groups - Patrol Meetings
    • plan menus and camps
    • plan gear, locations, who is sleeping with who
  • game - inner patrol activity
  • closing - when scoutmaster gets his time
    • scoutmaster minute
    • remind of upcoming events

Fun and Real

Make it fun - but make it real!


Troop Program Resource

Troop Leaders Guidebook


  • advancement / board of reviews / awards
  • paperwork / registration
  • travel - permits
  • equipment - quartermaster
  • finance / fund raisers / budgets
  • merit badge counselors
  • administration work
  • promotes / facilitates training
  • liaison with council / round table / executive cor
  • parents make good committee members - personal interest, as it is their boys
  • policy and regulations

committee: advancement, camping, registration, finances, summer camp, equipment

scouting organization

  • troop
  • troop committee
  • chartered organization (church/civic)
  • district (eg 1)
  • local council (eg great salt lake)
  • region (western)
  • national council (bsa)

Annual Planning

aka Annual Planting

brain storming

calendar (let parents know)