Troop 361 Troop Junior Leader Training (TJLT) 9/29/2008 Holy Spirit Youth Room
Agenda • Purpose of TJLT • Leadership • Troop Organization/Leadership Positions • The Patrol Method • Training/EDGE • Building the Team • Conflict Resolution • Adult Leaders - Who Does What • Troop Progress • What Is Expected of Me • Program Planning (if we have time)
Purpose of TJLT • The purpose of TJLT is to give you the resources you need to do your job • TJLT will introduce you to your new job, to troop and patrol organization, and it will give you some leadership tools to use in performing your new job.
Why Do We Need Leaders? • Thoughts?
Leadership “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’” - Chinese philosopher Sun-Tsu • What is a leader? • A leader is someone who can get people to work together • How does a leader get people to work together? • A real leader uses certain skills and respect for other people to get the job done • The 6 key skills for junior leaders are: • Communicating • Representing the group • Setting the example • Planning • Evaluating • Sharing Leadership • Learning to be a good leader takes work and patience (study, practice, reflection)
If... If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,And lose, and start again at your beginningsAnd never breathe a word about your loss;If you can force your heart and nerve and sinewTo serve your turn long after they are gone,And so hold on when there is nothing in youExcept the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!' If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,If all men count with you, but none too much;If you can fill the unforgiving minuteWith sixty seconds' worth of distance run,Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son! IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too;If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,Or being hated, don't give way to hating,And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;If you can meet with Triumph and DisasterAnd treat those two impostors just the same;If you can bear to hear the truth you've spokenTwisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools: - Rudyard Kipling
Good Leaders • If others think of you as the boss, you’re probably not leading. • If others think of you as one of the guys andeverything you set out to do is getting done, you’re probably a good leader. • Good leaders influence others to want to learn, help, work, and participate • Good leaders understand sacrifice, and lead by example
Skills and Techniques of Successful Scout Leaders • They ask a lot of questions • They make a lot of suggestions • They don’t give too many orders • They use the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters asresources • They took Troop Junior Leader Training • That’s why you are here today! Teenagers get bossed around enough Scouting ought to be different
Leadership Leadership Styles • Directive • Coaching • Supporting • Delegating Leadership Basics • Have a good attitude • Act with maturity • Be organized • Look the part • Be willing to do anything you ask of others • Be fair Shared Leadership • Scouts and adults must share leadership in a Boy Scout troop for the troop to run smoothly • There must be mutual trust between the boy leaders and the adult leaders
Youth Leadership Positions • The Troop's Youth Leaders • The troop is actually run by its boy leaders. With the guidance of the Scoutmaster and his assistants, they plan the program, conduct troop meetings, and provide leadership among their peers. • Junior Leader Positions • Senior patrol leader - top junior leader in the troop. He leads the patrol leaders' council and, in consultation with the Scoutmaster, appoints other junior leaders and assigns specific responsibilities as needed. • Assistant senior patrol leader - fills in for senior patrol leader in his absence. He is also responsible for training and giving direction to the quartermaster, scribe, troop historian, librarian, and instructors. • Troop Historian - collects and maintains troop memorabilia and information on former troop members. • Librarian - keeps troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor list available for use by troop members. • Instructor – Coordinates the troop guides in the teaching of skills to troop members. • Chaplain Aide - assists in troop religious services and promotes religious emblems program. • Patrol leader - gives leadership to members of his patrol and represents them on the patrol leaders' council. • Assistant patrol leader - fills in for the patrol leader in his absence. • Troop guides – advisor, guide and teacher to the new Scouts. • Quartermaster - responsible for troop supplies and equipment. • Scribe - the troop secretary. • Cover PD’s
Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) • The PLC, not the adult leaders, is responsible for planning and conducting the troop's activities. The patrol leaders' council is composed of the following voting members: senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leaders, troop instructor, and troop guides. • The troop's activities are selected and planned at the annual program planning conference. The troop's yearly plan is then submitted to the troop committee for approval. The troop committee either approves the plan or makes alternative suggestions for the patrol leaders' council to consider. At its monthly meetings, the patrol leaders' council organizes and assigns activity responsibilities for the weekly troop meetings. The troop committee interacts with the patrol leaders' council through the Scoutmaster.
The Patrol Method “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 • Sharing leadership within the group • Being a good follower is also part of being a good leader • Setting goals as a group • Sharing the work • Duty roster (save, rotate, share) – very important • Solving problems as a group • The Patrol method gets the job done!! Patrol Leader Responsibilities • Take a leading role in planning and conducting patrol meetings and activities • Encourage patrol members to complete advancement requirements • Represent the patrol as a member of the PLC • Set a good example by living up to the Scout Oath and Law “Scouting is a game for boys under the leadership of boys under the direction of a man” -Robert Baden-Powell
National Honor Patrol Requirements • Have a patrol name, flag, and yell. Put the patrol design on equipment and use the patrol yell. Keep patrol records up to date. • Hold two patrol meetings every month. • Take part in at least one hike, outdoor activity, or other Scouting event. • Complete two good turns or service projects approved by the PLC. • Help two patrol members advance one rank. • Wear the full uniform correctly at troop activities. (at least 75% ) • Have a representative attend at least three PLCs. • Have eight members in the patrol or experience an increase in patrol membership This should be a goal for each patrol!
How to Train - EDGE • Explain-The trainer explains how something is done. • Demonstrate-After the trainer explains, the trainer demonstrates while explaining again. • Guide-The learner tries the skill while the trainer guides him through it. • 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
Building the Team • To build a team and have true team work you must do the following: • Share leadership • Cooperate • Deal with conflict • Trust your team
Conflict Resolution • What are conflicts? • To resolve conflicts try using: • Empathy – listening and understanding • Invention – trying different methods • When you are able to resolve conflicts you gain respect and everybody wins! • Scouting is a safe haven and it is the leaders (boys and adults) job to keep it that way • Physically • Emotionally
Adult Leaders –Who Does What • Scouts should work within their patrols. Patrol Leaders should be able to answer most questions or direct scouts to Troop Guides (TG), SPL, ASPL or other boy leaders. • Some specifics • Toten Chip & Fireman Chit – training by TG, ASM or SM signed by SM or ASM • Scout skill requirements through First Class – training by TG, ASM or SM signed by TG, SPL, ASM or SM • Scoutmaster Conference • Scout – SM Preferred or ASM • Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class – ASM or SM • Star, Life, Eagle – SM • Merit Badges – PL can have a supply of blue cards or see Mrs. Gillespie • SM signs approval to begin • See librarian if you want to use the troop copy of the MB Book • See Mr. Blaylock or Mr. Edmondson to find a counselor • MB Counselor signs off requirements • SM approves • Mrs. Gillespie records • Fees – Collected by Mr. Fuerst • Troop Equipment – Mr. Oliver • Boards of Review are scheduled by Mrs. Gillespie or Mrs. Joly • Eagle Projects - Mr. Foeller
Troop Progress • Evaluating the last 6 months (good and bad) • Brain storming what we should do over the next 6 months • Ideas for discussion • How are we going to help the new scouts? • Monday Meetings/Program • Plan ahead, and follow through • Call and remind people every week • Mini PLCs after each meeting • Reestablishing the link between outings and program • Using program helps • Make the meetings active and less like a lecture • Start on time/finish on time • Room set up – front table and patrol tables (who has jobs each meeting?) • Patrol Meetings/Patrol Reports • Game/Activity – assign this to a patrol for each meeting • Sharp openings and closings – big improvement, but let’s continue the trend • Patrol reorganization (do we need to?) • Adult leader reorganization/new roles and responsibilities • PLC topics/training • Other? What do YOU need?
My Vision of Success • That everyone associated with Troop 361 subscribe to the ideals of Scouting expressed in the Scout Oath and Law • That each boy grow to the best of his ability and advance in rank by developing: • scouting skills • leadership skills • character • That Troop 361 be a place where people respect others, respect property, and strive to be courteous in all they do • That Troop 361 be a place to belong and have fun • That Troop 361 continues to have quality adult leaders • That Troop 361 boy leaders buy-in to ownership of their troop, and set the standard for being “boy led”
My Goals • To have trained leaders – adults and boys • To have a program that is created by the boys • To be successful at integrating new scouts into the troop • To have every scout achieve their goals for rank advancement • To have a good program at every meeting and campout • To have fun!
What About You? • Review position descriptions • Read your description card • Why should I be a leader? • What does success look like? • Write down your definition • Set Goals • Write them down
What is Program Planning? • Review next 12 months • Critical to determine long lead activities • High Adventure: Philmont, Seabase, Northern Tier, and AT • Summer Camp • Anniversary activities: Civil War, Lewis and Clark • Prevents repeating • Detailed for six months • Plan resources: MB Counselors, Equipment, and Facilities • Set firm dates • Plans in place for meetings and campouts for six weeks
Questions to Ask When Planning • What Merit Badges do I wish to earn? • What requirements does my patrol need to complete? • What places would I like to visit? • What activities would I like to do?
Don’t Forget High Adventure • We have a trip to Northern Tier reserved for June of 2009! • What about 2010? • National Jamboree? • Sea Base? • Philmont? • How do we work high adventure training into our program plans? • Practice for those who are attending • Include those who are not old enough in the plans
How to Plan • Get input from all scouts • Survey • Patrol corners or meetings • PLC creates a plan • Select and schedule activities • Select locations and dates • Determine the cost of activities and develop a budget • Determine equipment needed • Determine if special training or leadership is needed • PLC presents plan to troop for approval • SPL presents plan to Troop Committee for approval
Just Do IT! • Tonight’s task is to make a list of… • Merit badges you’d like to earn • Places you’d like to go • Activities you’d like to do • And… • Form those thoughts into a survey that can be completed by your patrols at the next troop meeting • At a PLC meeting soon we can evaluate the results and make a 12 month plan for our troop
How Much Does It Cost? • Do we have all the equipment we need? • How much do our activities cost? • A Scout is Thrifty! • Can we find a cheaper way to do things? • Can we raise some of the money to pay for our outings? • Do we take good care of the equipment we have? • Fundraisers • Popcorn (about $800) • Wreath sales (about $500) • Car washes (about $100-$200 per car wash) • Other ideas? • The troop should help to pay for the activities they plan
Organizing an Outing • “Boy led” isn’t really “boy led” if the adults do all the work for the outings • Let’s try something new • SPL assign a patrol for planning of each outing (3-4 months prior) • PL asks adult leaders for help in planning (3-4 months prior) • PL assigns tasks to boys and adults (2-4 months prior) • Boys call about fees, availability of facilities, etc. • With help of SM or ASM, PL finds leaders for activities • MB counselors • Trained/certified high adventure leaders • SM or ASM makes arrangements for reservations, travel, permits, permission slips, collection of fees • Signup, permission slips, and collection of fees done ahead of time • 2-3 weeks prior to outing • Helps in planning for reservations, travel, meals, etc. • SPL reviews planning and success of outing at PLC so all can learn