Boy Scout Leadership

How to keep control 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 boys’ attention.

Leaders

How to work with a Scout's opinionated parents

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.

Boy Scout Leadership

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.

Boy Scout Leadership

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?

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Boy Scout Leadership

Making Wood Badge More Accessible

A course designed with scheduling flexibility and other special accommodations allows those participants with specific religious requirements to participate in the BSA’s highest level of volunteer training.

Boy Scout Leadership

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?”

Boy Scout Leadership

Advice on recruiting qualified Scout leaders

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?