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What WOulD YOu DO?
Leading the Leader
How do you work with an inexperienced
and uncommitted SPL? Scouters speak out.
Scoutmaster D.M.’s
accomplish his first goal. TRAIN HIM AND TRUST HIM
troop elected a senior
nullhe characteristics he nullt is your nullob to do all you can to help
patrol leader with little
begins this new role with are this senior patrol leader become a suc-
experience or apparent
not as important as the ones cessful one. Make sure he understands
he will have when his term that he is in charge. nullell him that you
sense of responsibility.
is completed. nullour positive, are there to support him throughout
He’s looking for ways to
helpful leadership will help his tenure in the leadership position.
respect the boys’ choice
shape that result. nullet him know what your expectations
without endangering
Skipper A.L. are of him and what he can expect
NORMAL, ILL.
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the troop’s future.
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SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY
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needs to be a good leader, and he may
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SET SOME GOALS nullhat an opportunity to build
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surprise you. nullnullrain them, trust them,
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Meet with the Scout and his a leadernull nullse past, success-
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parents. Explain the compli- ful SPnulls as mentorsnull a good today.
ment the other Scouts have Scout is always willing to help Assistanullt Scoutmaster E.M.
paid him by electing him, another Scout and his troop. is wrong and why it is wrong, response if you find even the
OLNEY, ILL.
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the importance of the senior Also, remember that nullboy runnull and ask him what he thinks smallest reason to express
patrol leader position, and never means letting things fall can be done to correct it. genuine faith and confidence
the fun and benefits he will apart, so you need to monitor Scoutmaster D.W. in the Scout.
gain. Make sure he under- more closely than usual.
DETROIT, MICH.
Scoutmaster C.G.
stands that your role is to Evaluate the consenulluences HAVE A HEART-TO-HEART
KENNETT SQUARE, PA.
train, coach, and counsel him of failures. nullf minor, sit back nullave a real heart-to-heart talk
USE YOUR EDGE
during his term. Ask him and watch the resultsnull minor with the newly elected Scout.
nullse the EnullnullE method.
what goals he would like to failures are greater teaching nullutline your expectations
Explain how he needs to
accomplish as SPnull and help tools than successes. nullf manullor, and ask him to examine his
conduct himself to carry out
him create a written plan to talk to the boy. Explain what heart. nullf he wants to fulfill this
his role. Demonstrate how to
leadership role, make him
be a leadernull conduct a portion
NEXT nullUESTION accountable. nullou may have to
of the Pnullnull meeting so he sees
stay on him, but maybe this
how itnulls done, then guide him
USING NONTRADITIONAL COMMUNICATION will help him learn to be a
as he covers the other items
Phone calls, snail mail, and even enullmail seem
better leader. Also, a year with
on the agenda. Eventually,
antinulluated to many of our Scouts. nulle’re exploring
a not-so-hot leader will make
hopefully, younullll enable him to
the whole troop think about
nontraditional communication forms such as
handle things with you nullust
making better choices in the
nullwitter, nullacebook, and massnullcalling systems, but
watching.
future.
nullhis young man may not
we need guidance. How do you manage such Cubmaster K.K.
be the best SPnull younullll ever
systems, and what guidelines do you follownull
GALESBURG, ILL.
have, but you can help him
D.C.
IS HE REALLY?
become the best SPnull henulls ever
NEWTOWN, CONN.
Perhaps your assessment of
been. nullut always remember
the Scout is off. nullis fellow
WE WANT YOUR SOLUTIONS! Send your answer to What Would You Do?, Scouting
that a boy-led troop shouldnnullt
Magazine, P.O. Box 15nullnullnullnull, nullrnulling, nullnull null5null15nullnullnullnullnull. nulloonull nullor resnullonses in a nulluture issue onull Scouting.
Scouts elected him for some
be allowed to become a boy-
We also solicit new nulluestions and nullay null5null nullor each one used in this colunulln. Sunullnullit resnullonses or a reason. See if you can help
misled troop.
new nulluestion electronically, or nulliew selected resnullonses nullronull nullast colunullns, at scoutingnullagazine.org.
him discover that reason.
M.L.
nullou may be amanulled at his SYLVANIA, OHIO
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