Scouting needs gardeners more than managers or officers.
Scouting isn’t the science of management or military discipline, it’s much more like a garden.
Gardeners prepare the ground, plant the seed, keep the weeds away, make sure there is plenty of water and sunshine and step back.
Scouting is just like that. We know our Scouts need the same things but not necessarily in equal measure. They will grow at different rates; they will flower at different times and thrive in different conditions.
I’ll also give my best advice in answer to a couple of email questions about Scouts who turn 18 and liability insurance for Scouters.
The earth spinning [0:17]
Scouting as Gardening [6:05]
Liability insurance for Scouters? [12:15]
When does a Scout become an adult? [14:22]