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    Direct from the National Commissioner Service Office My comments: Buzzword bingo. This is language straight from a business school. KISMIF. We have a host of educational attainment levels in our unit serving Scouter corps. If the language flies over them, they will blow it off. There should be only one goal for every Scouter above the unit serving level: UNLOAD THE leader and committee chair time backpack. Their time needs to be with youth, or being provided tools FOR youth. Every other item in their time/task backpack needs to be thrown away. YIS. ~~~~~~~~~~ https://www.facebook.com/513826472015701/posts/2062117233853276/
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    How about a little more patrol method out of national? 😂
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    Does Johnny Scout want to earn the badge or do YOU, Mr. ScoutDad want to earn the badge? I will speak to which ever of the two wants to earn the badge... Does the Scout have a disability that needs to be addressed by the Council Disability Committee to consider an "accommodation" in the requirements? Busy people need to schedule and take notes and keep a calendar and prioritize... All skills learned by successful Scouts.
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    🤣😆Funniest thing I heard all day.
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    Just attended ribbon cutting and opening of new museum at Philmont. All I can say is WOW. Truly outstanding in every way. 1000 people or so here to see it, Governor of New Mexico was keynote. Very enthusiastic crowd. A great day for Scouting.
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    Or lawyers and safety people thinking everything a young person does is a liability suit awaiting filing.
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    Who is the BSA "Client?" What is our "Product" ? What is the "inefficiency" this lends itself to correcting? How is any of this going to get the kids out in the woods?
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    I agree, but the stages of a mature troop aren't as systematic. I should have went into more detail, but I was just trying to get to a different point in limited time. Scouts in an experienced troop are going through the three stages all at the same time. True, they are focusing a lot on the core skills, but they are learning the skills of the other two stages simply by watching the older scouts in action. We humans instinctively learn most of our behaviors and skills by watching our role models. That is why older 15 to 17 years old are so important for a program of scouts ages 10 to 17. Learning from role models is so powerful that mature experienced troops running perfectly would require no training for a scouts to learn all their skills the program offers. My philosophy for our program was to only using training to pass along new information or to fix a problem that had a negative impact on the scouts activities. I used training as a Red Flag to indicate areas of the program that needed special attention. Role models are why the Patrol Method is so powerful for developing growth. I also like Sentinel's post about the Scoutmaster roles. Just how much adult coaching, mentoring and guidance does a troop of scouts require with 16 and 17 year old scouts running the program. Typically a 17 year old scout is sharper with scouting skills than adults. So, what advantage, if any, does a 21 year old adult have over a the 17 year old Eagle in running a troop? The answer is life experiences. Which means that a 17 year old man still has something to learn from the older adult with a few mores years of life's experience. And if the troop is encouraging scout growth with experienced role models, the Scoutmaster's responsibilities become very limited to mentoring senior scouts and training ASMs. As the SM of such a program, I spent a lot of time just sitting around the campfire allowing the scouts do their thing. And while Scoutmastering for such a program is extremely rewarding, it was also the most stressful responsibility I ever experienced. More than any other person in all of the BSA, the SM has the most responsibility AND POWER in the development of boy's physical, mental and spiritual growth. That is a lot of responsibility. It was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life, which is why I love this scouting stuff. Barry
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    There are plenty of us out there fighting the good fight.
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    I can testify to the immeasurable value of a good den chief. I have had the most wonderful young man serving as mine for almost two years now - he is respectful, thoughtful, good with the boys, responsible, and mature. He comes in his uniform, he takes direction but also leads successfully, he participates in our activities and leads his own well - I can't imagine trying to run my den of boys without him. A good den leader can make a night and day difference in the success of any den.
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    and it's never "a scout's own" if it is required, planned, organized, and/or executed by an adult.