Re: [Scouter_T] Re: First Year of Boy Scouts
- Get your Troop Guide into the mix, and have him communicate the advancement needs with the advancement chair.
With a very active SPL and Troop Guide the first year boys benefited greatly by having others looking out for advancement opportunities.
The reports off Troopmaster were an excellent tool to keep everybody on track. It's a lot more difficult to remember what's signed off in 10 boys' books.
Several of the first year scouts made First Class at summer camp.
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From: Dan Kurtenbach
Sent: Sunday, October 08, 2006 12:08 PM
Subject: Re: [Scouter_T] Re: First Year of Boy Scouts
I think this is an important training issue. If someone isn't looking out
for each Scout's advancement needs (ideally, the Patrol Leader), then even
though everything will get done in the normal course of campouts and
activities, particular tasks may not get done by the particular Scouts who
need them for requirements. If Johnny needs to cook a meal over an open
fire for his Second Class cooking requirement, but the patrol duty roster
has someone else on cooking duty for the entire patrol for that meal, that's
an advancement opportunity lost. But even if Johnny does get the
opportunity to cook his meal, that won't help him much if hasn't had
insruction on how to cook, what to bring, etc. That means that someone has
to do some training prior to that campout.
While some folks are able to keep all of those needs and the proper timing
in their heads and just do it by the seat of their pants, other folks don't
have that talent. Planning how to accomplish training and practicing the
Tenderfoot through First Class skills in the course of the program year, and
in line with the Troop's annual activity plan, can be complicated.
But just because you have a plan doesn't make it an adult thing and doesn't
take away the fun. The planning should, ideally, be done by the boys.
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- A lot of good posts on this topic.
Here's one more idea ... BSA national publishes a 'Tenderfoot to First
Class' phamphlet (#33499B), which I bought to examine both for my son,
who bridged over from Cub Scouts last spring, and for possible
implementation in our Troop. It groups like natured requirements (for
example, the knot tying requirements are all listed together) and
another method to recognize the boys as they progress to First Class
(beads that get placed on a leather belt totem).
We didn't implement this program, since it seems as if our program
(mostly from monthly campouts) is resulting in the boys
progressing 'naturally' without need of an additional system.
But nevertheless, it is nice to have another system in place that we
could choose from ... I can see some utility for many troops out there.