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WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Work With Me Here

Ideas from the field: Tips for earning cooperation and respect.

Scout A.S. and his fellow junior leaders are outnumbered by the younger guys in their troop. Because of this, the older Scouts have trouble getting the younger members of their troop to follow instructions. He asked for ideas for gaining cooperation and earning respect.

GIVE A REASON Make the consequences clear. Say, “We don’t get into the cars until the pots are clean.” Make sure that the adults will back you up. This isn’t a punishment; it’s about not getting sick the next time the pots are used. Lead from the front.


I am the chartered organization representative for our pack, and I have a problem. One of the parents has made a habit of talking badly about our Cubmaster and fueling dissension among our parents. This person has been told several times that this is inappropriate but still continues. The Cubmaster is doing an

awesome job from what I can see. Any suggestions? J.S.


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When you’re cleaning latrines at summer camp, the leader should be the one with the toilet brush. Always be doing more and

helping. If you’re sitting in a chair and ordering people around, they’ll resent you, not follow you. Help Scouts get their tents set up right. Show how to clean the pots.

Assistant Scoutmaster W.U. PALO ALTO, CALIF.

LEADERS, NOT BOSSES If you want some respect, show some. We don’t have bosses in the BSA; we have leaders. Ask yourself a few questions: Am I setting a good example? Am I leading from the front? What moti- vates the younger Scouts in our troop? A lot of leadership is trial

and error. You need to find the tool that motivates those you’re trying to lead. My best advice is to be a great example


and treat the younger guys with as much respect as you want from them. Don’t be afraid to pitch

in when it’s time for camp chores. The younger Scouts notice that, and it goes a long way toward winning respect.

Scoutmaster J.S. TROUTDALE, ORE.

MENTOR, TEACH, BEFRIEND The newer Scouts will be the new leaders in your troop when you’ve gone off to college. In order for your troop to continue, they need to acquire leadership and Scouting skills, just as you have learned. Start by mentoring the new Scouts, befriending them, and teach- ing them something you know. Continue to support


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