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Scoutmaster Podcast 333 Scout Parents

Do you have quarterly Scout parent meetings? I'll answer an email question about parent's meetings in this podcast. On our quarterly Scout parent meetings that include a court of honor. Everyone arrives at about 7PM, the Scouts go outside to play a game and the committee chair and whomever needs to (depending on what is going on, if there’s a fundraiser it may be the person running that) talk to … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 332 – Shared Expectations

It is our responsibility to assure there’s a shared expectation... ... and our Scouts understand them. Scout aged children are not going to interpret gentle reminders, they'd prefer to have to have things clearly spelled out. They are literalists, they don’t take hints. You can be direct without being unpleasant. There has to be continual engagement and evaluation. Positions of responsibility … [Read More...]

Rules and Scouting Ideals – Podcast 331

We aren't working to control the conduct of young people. We have a greater challenge; to form their character as defined in the Scout oath and law. Are the Scouting ideals in the Scout oath and law a code of conduct? Is it an ideology? Is it a religious text? No, it is none of these things. The Scout oath and law are ideas that have defined positive, contributing, individual character … [Read More...]

Podcast 330 – A Scoutmaster is not…

A Scoutmaster is not... ... the boss of a company and youth leadership are not employees we discipline or hire and fire. A Scoutmaster is not a commanding officer and Scouts are not soldiers who can be disciplined for “conduct unbecoming” a Scout, so let’s get that foolish idea out of our heads as well. In this podcast I'll share what a Scoutmaster is, and the special role they have in young … [Read More...]

Podcast 329 – Merit Badges

There's always more questions about merit badges... ... then I have useful answers because the vast majority of problems with merit badges are structural rather than procedural. But I hate missing an opportunity for a good, old fashioned rant. Listen in while I climb on my soapbox and opine about what I think the problem is, and how it could (but likely won't) be fixed. I'll also answer an … [Read More...]