Keeping Older Scouts in The Patrol Method Posted January 31, 2019 On 1/28/2019 at 10:47 AM, Eagledad said: ...Some older scouts are good leaders, most are not. Yeah. As adult scouters, we always hope to have one of the good leaders in charge of the troop so we can hang out with other adults and do nothing. But that's not always a good thing. Sometimes, it's the scouts who are not natural leaders who most need the opportunity in order to ever find out whether or not they are or are not "leaders". I saw one kid who always struck me as a quiet introvert and an absolute "follower" of others stick up his hand to run for SPL. He won and he ended up doing a great job. Things were expected of him....and so he did them. He had to delegate, so he learned to "voluntell" his scouts. He showed dedication to his role, showing up at every meeting and campout even as many of the "older" scouts found excuses to skip meetings and to avoid any real responsibilities. The SPL visibly grew into a strong leader. By the end of his term, he communicated more strongly, and he'd earned the loyalty and respect of his fellow scouts. If it weren't for the troop taking a chance on the "not so great leader", they'd have never discovered one of their best leaders ever.