Scouter T.H. wrote, in our October issue, that his troop was finding it hard to recruit parents as leaders. “How,” he asked, “can we instill some sense of volunteerism and commitment to Scouting among these parents?”
In our September issue, G.P. said he wanted to start a Boy Scout troop and that he had taken the first phase of Scoutmaster training. “Besides continuing training, what else can I do to ready myself for becoming a Scoutmaster?” he asked.
When a 21-year-old assistant Scoutmaster said that Scouts and Scouters see him as “a kid,” readers suggested steps—including more leadership training—to help improve his standing as an adult with both groups.
Scouter J.L.R. wondered how to react to outspoken parents who interfere with a leader’s ability to run the program. Readers agreed on one tactic: Ask the critics to become involved as registered leaders.
New BSA training — highlighted by a single, leadership-focused Wood Badge — provides Scouters with both timely program-specific skills and a broader knowledge and appreciation of the total Scouting program.
When Scouter J.H. asked how to best use a troops 16- and 17-year-old leaders, readers cited many ways JASMs can contribute, while in the process gaining experience for a future role as an adult Scout leader.
In our October issue, M.B., a female Scouter, reported that the Scoutmaster of her troop did not work well with women leaders and passed along his “male chauvinist” attitudes to the Scouts. M.B. asked, “What should I do?”
Troop Committee Member J.B. reported in our May-June issue that her son’s troop has constant turnover among its adult leaders. Many activities have to be canceled when a Scoutmaster leaves, and the troop has no sense of unity. What can be done?