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Maybe all of those theatre special effects got to me on this track ... I was just thinking about the various BSA and GSUSA leaders and units that I've worked with -- all find people, really. But, they seem to approach things with a different sense of authority. I was wondering how much of that has to do with their titles? Master ... most of us balk at any notion of temporary ownership the boys. We're all about servant leadership. But, there is a sense, in that word, of "possessing traits scouts should emulate." A scoutmaster, is then, a model scout. Someone we should be like, but we're not there yet. Leader ... Is more ambiguous. It's someone we should follow. But, it also has a sense of caretaker. So, you are on a journey with your leader. She gives you a vision, and you implement it together. I've always called GSUSA leaders scout moms or scout dads (yes, I've met one or two) or scout leaders (if they never had been parents) but never scoutmaster. They never disagreed. I've never called a BSA unit leader scout mom or scout dad. I don't think this changed my expectations of any of them. But I wonder if this changed their expectations of themselves.
Volume 2 of the Troop Leader's Guidebook will soon be out! Link This one is supposed to be written for experienced Troop Leaders. IF YOU were writing this volume, what topics would you include?