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    • There have been some good discussions of ILST lately, I'm not sure the best way to find those discussions (mods?). They are pretty good, but with a lot of content, so starting the discussion over is difficult. I'll just say (repeat in short) that I think ILST is a good way to start team development for a new program, but looses it's effectiveness quickly because the syllabus content does not mature with the troops program growth.  Youth this age don't enjoy training, especially when they have seen it before. They learn best by watching their older scout role models repeating the lessons learned. If you feel ILST is needed to improve the program, then why didn't the older scouts learn it last year? A habit is developed in practice, not training.  I'm not saying don't do it, use it if you can see value in it. But, don't just do it because it's there to do or something to keep scouts busy. Instead, work your program for continued growth in the troop and patrol activities.  Barry
    • Basically, we tell scouts to follow whatever rules a driver might establish for his riders:  His car, his rules. We do, though, have 2 points that keep coming up:
      - only drink clear-colored liquids in the car (no stains)
      - if using personal electronics, use headphones or mute volume 
    • Seems lately that I'm attracted to quotes that are more specifically directed toward how scouters (Scoutmasters) use Patrol Method.  "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle Barry
    • Not Dubnar's best interview.  Some discussion of the GSUSA/BSA law suit.  Oh, and talk about cookies. http://freakonomics.com/podcast/girl-scouts/
    • I started providing ILST to the PLC a couple of years ago as an ASM, and continued to do so once I was appointed SM. I tried to schedule it as soon as possible following SPL/PL elections (usually the first Saturday after the elections). This year I discussed with the SPL about moving the training out a couple of weeks (we will be at camp for one of those weeks) in order to give him and the ASPL time to prepare, because I am wanting them to give the training this time around. I am certain it will be rough and disjointed, but it's important for them to step into the role of troop leader. I will report back when we are done to let you all know how it went. Mike
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