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them and teach them something new and interesting at each meeting or outing. You may find you have a friend for life.

Assistant Scoutmaster B.W. FLORISSANT, MO.

LEAD FROM THE TOP DOWN When boys first join our troop, they’re told, with their parent present, that the adult leadership will not tolerate dis- respect. Telling the parents and Scouts ahead of time that the Scoutmaster rules the troop with an iron fist—yet lets the boys lead the troop—has built a relationship where the boys end up learning to respect themselves and others.

Scoutmaster S.O. ALBANY, GA. ASK, DON’T TELL

Rather than telling Scouts to do something, ask them what they think needs to be done next. Then ask them to help you get the job done that they identified. Sometimes you may have to guide them to a better choice, but often you’ll find they know what needs to be done, and they will appreciate your giving them the opportunity to have a say in the decisions. For more tips, check out the BSA’s

Senior Patrol Leader Handbook and Patrol Leader Handbook.

Skipper A.L. NORMAL, ILL.

HELP THEMDO THEIR BEST Youth leaders need to understand that their role is not one of giving orders but setting an example and giving assistance to the younger Scouts. They need to behave as they would like others to behave, be open and accessi- ble, and not be the “too cool for you” patrol. Keep in mind that a leadership role—even a de facto role where older Scouts help younger ones—is one of service to others and helping others do their best, not merely telling others what to do.

Troop Committee Chair F.M. NOVI, MICH.

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SHOW YOUR STUFF Show the younger boys that you guys really do know what you’re doing. Pick something you know they can’t do and do it in front of them. Explain to them that you were once in their shoes and the only way that you got where you are now is by listening to and trusting the older boys and allow- ing you to teach them new things. Work with them one on one and get personally acquainted with them so

that you can form a relationship that eventually bridges the age gap.

Assistant Cubmaster T.H. LEXINGTON, S.C.

EXERCISE EQUALITY Treat the others as equals in Scouting, but be a teacher of skills, knowledge, and ideas to help them advance and enjoy their Scouting experiences. It’s hard at first, but you will win in time.

District Advancement Chairman L.B. BEAVER CROSSING, NEB. ¿

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