The Boy-Led Troop. David Mitchko Mercer Area District Commissioner. Why is it Important?. Empowers boys to be leaders Boys plan and participate in the activities that they want to do Keeps the older boys interested in the program
Mercer Area District Commissioner
Meetings and Activities planned and run by the SPL
Youth leaders know who is in what position of responsibility
Scoutmaster or his assistants giving advice and direction to the Youth Leaders only – no other adults giving directions.
Boys are fast-start trained by their Scoutmaster when they first receive their position of responsibility
New Youth Leaders receive timely TLT from their SM
Every boy has access to a written description for each position
Troop has monthly PLC meetings run by the SPL
All activities on the troop calendar are decided by the PLCSigns that your Troop is Boy-Led
Not training the Youth Leaders
Not providing direction, coaching nor support
Not letting the boys know that they are “in charge”
Not communicating with the “scout in charge”
Not allowing the Youth Leaders to fail and see the consequences of their failure
Being too emotionally involved with the program
Not understanding why the scouting program exists
Measuring success by how organized his troop isScoutmaster’s Pitfalls
Conduct Boards of Review and Courts of Honor
Process advancement paperwork and keep records
Make reservations for campsites and other activities
Purchase troop equipment and supplies
Parents provide drivers, support for activities, adult supervision at campouts, etc.
Adults can do skills instruction, make announcements or lead an activity in a Boy-Led Troop.
The Scoutmaster sometimes has to run interference to keep the other adults from doing the boy’s job.What Can the Other Adults Do?
An SPL gives a boy a position of responsibility which he does not what or cannot do.
The PLC picks an activity and date which none of them intends to participate in.
The PLC makes plans for a meeting and the boys assigned to run the activities don’t attend or show up unprepared
If the youth leader’s poor performance if affecting the program, the Scoutmaster must take action – not by taking over for the boys, but by working with them.How Boy-Led Can Go Wrong
Always insist that the boys have a backup plan and that they should always be prepared to switch to it
The backup plan does not have to be perfect
The Youth Leaders will learn how to manage risk and who they can rely on
The Scoutmaster must strike a careful balance between allowing the youth leaders to learn from their failures and running a good program.
Steer the scouts away from the big mistakes that can spoil the funFailure is an Option