Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST). David Mitchko Mercer Area District Commissioner. Troop Leadership Training (TLT#34306) replaced the Scoutmaster Junior Leader Training Kit, which focused on general leadership skills, team building and conflict resolution.
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Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) David Mitchko Mercer Area District Commissioner
Troop Leadership Training (TLT#34306) replaced the Scoutmaster Junior Leader Training Kit, which focused on general leadership skills, team building and conflict resolution. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST #511-016WB, 2011 printing) replaced TLT, which focused the youth leaders on what their jobs were and the ways they can become more involved with running the troop. The problem with TLT is that the course material was very weak and it got rid of all the games that were in JLT. Some Scoutmasters chose to continue teaching JLT, while others adapted TLT by combining what worked from both courses. What happened to JLT and TLT ?
Why Conduct ILST? • A Scoutmaster can’t expect the youth leaders in his troop to know what their jobs are unless they have been told. • The concept of “boy run” is very dependant on the Scoutmaster’s first training of and then providing coaching and advice to the boys. • Having the boys decide things for themselves supports the BSA’s mission. • ILST fits in with the following leadership courses: National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYL) • ILST is the first step in the “Youth Training Continuum” • Scouts must take ILST to earn their “TRAINED” patch. • “Training boy leaders to run their troop • is the Scoutmaster’s most important job” • - Robert S.S. Baden-Powell
Course Overview • Module One—Troop Organization includes a description of each leadership position in the troop, including roles and responsibilities, troop organization, and introductions to vision and servant leadership. • • Module Two—Tools of the Trade covers some core skill sets to help the Scout lead, including communicating, planning, and teaching. • • Module Three—Leadership and Teamwork incorporates additional leadership tools for the Scout, including discussions of teams and team characteristics, the stages of team development and leadership, inclusion/using your team, ethics and values of a leader, and a more in-depth review of vision.
Involve the SPL as much as possible Up front coaching and mentoring The SPL helps teach the course if possible Let him know what is expected of him Run the course a few weeks after holding elections Candidates should know dates of the course beforehand Personal coaching of new scout leaders right after elections Know how to conduct a reflection Assemble all the needed materials and handouts Become familiar with the course, its activities and games Course Preparation and Timing
Module 1 Troop Organization Balloon Toss Yurt Circle Helium Stick Willow in the Wind Games and Activities • Module 2 • Tools of the Trade • Telephone Game • The Whole Picture • Planning • EDGE Instruction • Module 3 • Leadership and • Teamwork • Integrity Game • The Potato Game • Alternate Games • Everybody Up • Blindfold Walk • Pirates and Cannibals • Human Train Track • Match the Example • Silent Puzzle A reflection follows each game to bring out the teaching points
Course may be conducted over three different days, one module at a time. The hour before your regular troop meetings Single-day format can also be used and is preferred Include several breaks Course can be conducted during a weekend camping trip Plan other activities during the weekend Have the adults cook the meals Make the course a fun event that the entire troop looks forward to Hold yearly planning meeting concurrently Conduct the course during Summer Camp After dinner for three evenings Course Delivery Options
The ILST syllabus is very clear that the Scoutmaster must be actively involved in conducting this training. A Scoutmaster must be aware of their role as a leader in a troop to ensure that the rules and standards of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America are followed to serve as a mentor and role model to the Scouts to train Scout leaders. ILST can only be effective if the Scoutmaster does the preparation and personal coaching required. ILST must be a part of what a Scoutmaster does to train the scout leaders. Boy Run starts with the Scoutmaster! Scoutmaster’s Role