Leader Advice and Inspiration

How to keep Scouts productive during troop meetings

D.B. said that once his Scouts get wound up at troop meetings, it’s hard to calm them down. Readers suggested planning plenty of interesting activities to capture the kids’ attention.

Emergency Preparedness

Scouting Responds to a National Crisis

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Scout units from coast to coast and around the world went into action to help those in need.

Leader Advice and Inspiration

Instilling pride in a new troop and its patrols

When Scoutmaster C.R. asked for help in motivating his young Scouts, readers noted that unit pride starts with adult leaders setting the right example while providing a program full of “gee whiz” activities.

Leader Advice and Inspiration

Ways a troop can economize on long road trips

In our October issue, Scoutmaster J.C.H. asked for ideas on saving money during a troop high adventure trip. Reader suggestions included staying at military bases, college campuses, or Scout council camps.

Leader Advice and Inspiration

A convincing case for boy-run troops

When Scout M.S. noted in our September issue that adults in his troop won’t let junior leaders make decisions, readers responded with some strategies for realizing the important goal of boy-led troop leadership.

Leader Advice and Inspiration

Unit Leaders and ADD

Effectively defusing problems caused by a behavioral disability like attention deficit disorder (ADD) requires specialized knowledge, flexibility, and lots of patience.

Advancement & Awards

Motivating Scouts who don't advance in rank

Scouter M.A. noted in our March-April issue that some Scouts almost never advance in rank. Should the troop committee’s board of review find out why? M.A. asked. What else might motivate boys to advance?

Leader Advice and Inspiration

Scouters weigh in on the battle of the sexes

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?”