Here's An Offering of Scouting-Related Things That May Interest You
Here's where you'll find bits and pieces of JLT related ideas in no particular order. Take a look and you'll see everything from some of the props we use to spice up our course to B-P's original Brownsea Island Camp sketch. Your comments are always welcome on the corkboard or guestbook page.
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|BADEN POWELL'S SKETCH OF BROWNSEA ISLAND
Inspirational words to open or close a JLT class:
Standing for what you believe in, regardless of the odds against you, and pressure that tears at your resistance...MEANS COURAGE.
Stopping at nothing, and doing what's in your heart, you know is right...MEANS DETERMINATION.
Keeping a smile on your face, when inside you feel like dying, for the sake of supporting others...MEANS STRENGTH.
Helping a friend in need, no matter the time and effort, to the best of your ability...MEANS LOYALTY.
Doing more than is expected, to make another's life more bearable, without uttering a single complaint...MEANS COMPASSION.
THESE ARE ALL GREAT QUALITIES OF REAL LEADERS!
||Me & a few of our Jr. Leader Trained Staff-Dec.2001
Our ongoing JLT Course has made better, more confident leaders in our Troop. TRAINING WORKS!
|Here's a great poem which was set to music at my Wood Badge Course Scout's Own Service-I had the priviledge of singing it
A SCOUT'S LEGACY
When I joined the game of Scouting
And Some Friends were by my side
Dreams came true at every outing
With the Scout Law as my guide.
For B-P gave inspiration
"Be Prepared" and "Look Wide"
Brotherhood of many nations
Filled my heart with joy and pride.
Till my boyhood days were over
Found adventures on the trail
From a beaver to a rover
With a trust that did not fail.
I remembered all the pleasure
That Scouters brought to me
I resolved to share this treasure
As a leader yet to be.
Then one night a boy was speaking
Promised me to do his best
And I knew what he was seeking
What had been my cherished quest.
I would help him find his way
Through the years that he may roam
So I'll live in him each day
After God has called me home
(If anyone knows the original author of this beautiful poem, please email me & let me know. Hope you enjoyed it and you're certainly welcome to use it)
SCOUTMASTER'S HANDBOOK 1962 - Page 369: The Major responsibility of a Scoutmaster is to train, guide and inspire boy leaders to run their Troop. The material in this tool will aid in fulfilling this responsibility. This tool represents training subjects which any Scoutmaster may adapt to the needs of his Boy Leaders. The title of this tool, "Patrol Leaders Training" does not imply that other boy leaders are excluded from this training. They must have a thorough knowledge of the Patrol Method in order to work effectively with the Patrol Leaders and to carry out the responsibilities of their particular jobs. TRAINING SUBJECTS: Every Junior Leader, to be fully trained, must have received training in all of the subjects; THE PATROL IDEA-THE PATROL LEADER'S JOB-PATROL SPIRIT-THE PATROL LEADER'S COUNCIL-PATROL MEETINGS-GAMES AND HOW TO LEAD THEM-CEREMONIES-ADVANCEMENT-PLANNING & PREPARING FOR HIKING-JUNIOR LEADER TRAINING HIKE-PLANNING & PREPARING FOR OVERNIGHT CAMPING-JUNIOR LEADER TRAINING CAMP. (Webmaster's note* I left out the line "The Patrol Leader & The Patrol Dad" because I feel that concept may be obsolete.)
Here's an idea we may soon be adding to our course. It's a Goal Work Sheet which would be just a neat thing to give to your JLT Candidates with the understanding that they can work on it in their spare time, or not. It would be interesting to see and sense their reaction and give you, the leader, a better idea about which boy you may want to call upon in the future for leadership
YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO WALK BEFORE YOU RUN:
Try to set just a few goals. A Scout who is serving in his first position should be happy in achieving even 1 goal. An older Scout, Staff member or Senior Patrol Leader, may set as many as 3 goals ---GOALS EVALUATION---
All Goals should be S.M.A.R.T.:
S - Significant - Is the item significant? Is it important? Will it have a positive impact upon my Troop?
M - Measurable - Is the goal measurable? How will I know when it's done? Can its progress be tracked?
A - Appropriate - Is this goal within your job description? Does it need to be done? Is this an opportunity available to you?
R - Realistic - Can it even be accomplished? Can it be brought to a successful conclusion. Do you have total control over the goal?
T - Timely - Can it be done in a timely manner? Will it take too much time to accomplish? "A Dream becomes a GOAL with a deadline on it".
You can make up a sheet with the above acronym and some lines along the bottom of the page for the Scouts to write-in their own goals.
|SOME TOOLS OF THE TRADE!
No doubt about, I like to use props for most of the JLT classes. Pictured to the right is a collection of some of the things we use for two reasons; one is to provide some unique visual reinforcement that they're attending something special and two, it spices things up a little bit. Pictured from left to right is a pole with 3 candles lit during class (designating the 3 points of the Scout Oath) the patches adhered to it is an older-style JLT patch, SPL, ASPL,PL and a neat old B-P patch I found which I thought was appropriate. Above that is a Troop 659 Junior Leader Training sign we hang outside the cabin or lean-to we're staying at when we hold class in camp. Below that are some 'key words' written on poster paper used as a teaching aid during lectures. Next to that is a cardboard circle which says, "Just 40 Words" we used it to open a class with the following reading you might want to copy & paste:
JUST 40 WORDS - (recite oath) THE SCOUT OATH IS JUST FORTY WORDS LONG, BUT IN THESE CONCISE PHRASES ARE THE VALUES AND ETHICAL STANDARDS THAT HAVE MOLDED GENERATIONS OF BOYS INTO A SPECIAL BREED OF MEN; RESPONSIBLE AND RESPONSIVE, CAPABLE OF LEADERSHIP, YET TRAINED IN TEAMWORK ABLE TO ADAPT AND FACE CHALLENGES OF THEIR TIMES. THE UNIQUE STRENGTH OF THE SCOUT ETHIC IS THAT IT REMAINS AS RELEVANT TODAY AS IT WAS IN 1910, AND, IF EVER THERE WAS A NEED TO DEVELOP MEN WHO CAN OVERCOME CHALLENGES, IT IS NOW. OUR WORLD IS CHANGING FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE, FOR BOTH GOOD AND BAD. THE SEEDS OF THE FUTURE ARE ALREADY SEWN. WHAT THE BSA DOES FOR EACH BOY, IT DOES FOR THE MAN HE WILL BECOME. IN DOING SO, SCOUTING PAVES THE WAY FOR INDIVIDUALS ALONG THE ROAD OF LIFE.
On the table is a JLT lightbox (made with 50 Christmas bulbs-we used it as a neat night-light in the cabin where we stayed in December, 2001 & will use it again I'm sure. Above that a circular sign which reads, "Brownsea Hilton"...hung outside of a lean-to we use a few times a year for class and below that a large sign on wood which says, "You Make The Difference" which was used for a training class where we handed out these little coins (available at your Scouting service-center)...on one side is the Scout Emblem, on the other it says you make the difference. Their gold in color and about a buck apiece. Kind of a neat thing to give out after a JLT class to each boy and tell them to go back to the Troop and MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!
||inspirational stories can really help enhance a training class
HERE'S A GREAT INSPIRATIONAL STORY EMAILED TO ME BY FRIEND.
In a supermarket, Kurtis, the stock boy, was busily
working when a new voice came over the asking for a carryout at check
As he approached the check-out stand, a smile caught
his eye; the new check
out girl was beautiful. She was an older woman
(maybe 26; he was only 22).
Later that day, after his shift was over, he waited
by the punch clock to
find out her name. She came into the break room,
smiled softly at him, took
her card and punched out, then left. He looked at
her card: Brenda.
Next day, he waited outside as she left the
supermarket, and offered her a
ride home. He looked harmless enough, and she
accepted. When he dropped
her off, he asked if maybe he could see her again,
outside of work. She
simply said it wasn't possible. He pressed and she
explained she had two
children and she couldn't afford a baby-sitter. He
offered to pay for the
baby-sitter. Reluctantly she accepted his offer for
a date the following
That Saturday night he arrived at her door only to
have her tell him that
she was unable to go with him. The baby-sitter had
called and canceled. To
which Kurtis simply said, "Well, lets take the kids
She tried to explain that taking the children was
not an option, but
he wouldn't take 'no' for an answer. Finally, Brenda,
brought him inside to
meet her children. She had a cute older
daughter. Then Brenda brought out
her son, in a wheelchair. He was born a paraplegic,
with Down syndrome.
Kurtis told Brenda, "I still don't understand why
the kids can't come with
Brenda was amazed. Most men would run away from a
woman with two kids,
especially if one was disabled. Her prior husband,
the father of the kids,
had done that.
That evening Kurtis and Brenda loaded up the kids
and went to dinner and the
movies. When her son needed anything, Kurtis took
care of him. When he
needed to use the rest room, Kurtis picked him up
out of his chair. The
kids loved Kurtis. At the end of the evening, Brenda
knew this was the man
she was going to marry and spend the rest of her
A year later, they were married and Kurtis adopted
both of her children.
Since then they have added two more kids.
So what happened to the stock boy and check out
Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Warner now live in St. Louis, where
he plays quarterback for the St. Louis Rams.
NICE STORY TO USE TO BEGIN OR END A CLASS AND RELATE TO LEADERSHIP BY EXPLAINING HOW NOT TO PRE-JUDGE PEOPLE AND TO BE ACCEPTING OF OTHERS' DIFFERENCES.
|"PAY IT FORWARD"
A great movie to use in your course which examplifies the concept of "Doing A Good Turn". As you may or may not know, the film "October Sky" is used the new Wood Badge course. This is a good one too that teaches many good things. If you're not familiar with it, the story is about a 6th grader who takes a social studies project to heart and tries to get millions of people to do good multiple good deeds. (Sound familiar?) Anyway, we felt that the language and some content of the film is a little rough so we sent home parental permission slips (like they do in schools) to make sure that it's OK for the boys to view it.
Below you'll see a recent photo of the Wood Badgers in our Troop that are all part of our leader team. We are, indeed, blessed to have so many dedicated vomunteers. There are even more adult leaders on our Staff but the picture below is just that of our leaders who are Wood Badge Trained. The photo was shot March 6 at our most recent Potlatch.
|A Junior Leader Training Certificate which is available to you
This is another one of the things our boys get when they graduate from our course. I found this a few years ago quite by accident and it's available from your local Council service center. The stock number os #33746. That number will come in handy as the clerk may not know what you're talking about when you order it. They're pretty cheap and a nice way for the Scout to remember the experience.
The Greater Niagara Frontier Council is proud to announce the creation of a Camp-Master Corps Program
The Greater Niagara Frontier Council is proud to announce the arrival of the
What is a Campmaster? A Campmaster is an experienced Scouting volunteer who helps to enhance the short-term outdoor experience for Troops camping on weekends at the area Council camps.
Campmasters are a group of selected, trained and registered adult leaders who will serve at Camp Scouthaven and Schoellkopf Scout Reservation whenever units or other visitors are using any part of the camp property. Campmasters are volunteers and select their own time and frequency of service on a council sign-up basis. The Corps will be organized under the leadership of the Chief Campmaster of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council.
GNFC wants to provide the best and most effective short-term camping program possible to meet the needs of the units, the youth and their families and leaders. Short-term camping is the core of the Scouting Program. An effective weekend camping program at our council camps will result in greater satisfaction by all members.
The Campmaster will serve as a "friendly face" and central point of contact for:
Check-in & check-out of all units
Obtain a roster of all campers & visitors at point of check-in
Assignment of campsites
Issue/turn-in of all pre-approved equipment
Opening/closing of authorized event areas
Camp discipline and policy enforcement
The Campmaster program will assist the council in the protection of our property, help diminish vandalism, lessen maintenance expenses & have someone available during peak periods in the event of an emergency.