Scoutmaster Minute – Memorial Day 2011

Yesterday was Memorial Day, which is often confused with Veteran’s Day.  Does anyone know the difference between the two?

Memorial Day honors those in the armed forces that died in action while serving our country.  If any of you knew someone that passed away while serving our country then I’d like to ask you to please stand. [Have each person say who it was.]

Those mentioned represent the epitome of what it means to be loyal, helpful, obedient, and brave.  They lost everything they had so that we can all keep our freedom and all of the things we have.  I would like to take a moment of silence to honor those mentioned and everyone else that sacrificed their life so that we can continue to live ours.

Scoutmaster Minute – Initiative and Leadership

We touched on initiative a few weeks ago.  Some say that taking initiative is really what leadership is all about.

A true leader will always be one step ahead, doing what he needs to do without asking.

A leader just need needs two things to take initiative. He needs to know the plan and have skills to carry it out.

To know the plan, you have to pay attention to your leaders and attend the proper meetings.  Remember that it’s really up to you guys to not just know the plan, but make the plan.

To have the skills to care it out, you need to practice.  The skills you learn for advancement are important.  Don’t check them off and forget them.  Practice them, keep them fresh.

If you have these two things, the plan and the skills, then the only thing left is to put them to use.  Whether it’s in the troop, at school, or at home, take the initiative, and just do what needs to be done.  That will keep you one step ahead of everyone else and make it clear that you’re a leader.

Please note that this is based on another Scoutmaster Minute here:

http://thescoutmasterminute.net/2007/09/29/leadership-101-initiative/

Scoutmaster Minute – Leadership Styles

You know that part of Boy Scouts is learning Leadership.  What you may not know is that, just like there are different styles of clothes, there are also different styles of leadership.  Common leadership styles are:

  • Directing
  • Coaching
  • Supporting
  • Delegating

Directing is when a leader tells a group what needs to be done and how to do it. He does not ask for opinions or input, he just wants to get the task complete.

Coaching can be found when a group is more formed. Some direction is still needed, as skill levels are not quiet there. The coach explains the process, then lets the team execute.

Supporting leaders have a group that has developed, but not mastered, skills. He steps back and lets the team succeed, jumping in when needed. He has confidence in his leadership and his team.

Delegating leadership is found when a group is executing as a high performance team. The leader can turn over the task to anyone on the team and know that things will be done correctly.

Knowing these leadership styles will help you grow as a leader.  You should often ask yourself, which leadership style will work best with this group in this situation, and then use it.

Please note that this is based on another Scoutmaster Minute here:

http://thescoutmasterminute.net/2007/09/28/leadership-101-styles/

Junior Journey – Agent of Change – Session 7

Materials

  • Leader Journey book and girls’ Journey books
  • “Draw Straws” papers
  • Community award patches

Meeting

Opening (as usual)

Activities:

  • Ask the girls to discuss how they made a difference in the community.  How did they grow as individuals?  As a troop?  As citizens of the community?
  • Ask each girl to get a “Draw Straws” paper and tell something she remembers from Journey related to what’s on the paper.
  • Award Community patch

Closing (as usual)

Scoutmaster Minute – Leadership with Purpose, Direction, and Motivation

We discussed before that leaders need to provide purpose, direction, and motivation.

Every person in the troop needs that purpose, direction, and motivation.  That’s why most of you have a troop or patrol position.  And, you all should provide any ideas you have through the patrol leader council.

Most of you pretty well understand our purpose and direction.  It’s motivation that gets a little tricky, because that’s a little different for each of us.  So, what motivates you to come to meetings and activities?  What would motivate you to come to more?  These are the things you need to bring to your PLs and SPL to keep us going and help us grow stronger in our patrols and troop.

Please note that this is based on another Scoutmaster Minute here:

http://thescoutmasterminute.net/2007/09/12/leadership-101-purpose-direction-and-motivation/