Scouting is something Scouts do for themselves …
… rather than a program of activities presented for them.
This week I’ll discuss the way Scouts should be engaged in leading one another, in making decisions affecting what they do and how it is done.
Our ideal responsive leadership role as a barely perceptible influence empowering young people to do things for themselves. We accomplish this in a progressive partnership: adult and youth roles are collaborative, not hierarchical.
This partnership is one of the unique facets of Scouting that adults often misunderstand. We may be reluctant to cede authority to young people, or doubt their ability to exercise authority responsibly; but youth engagement does not mean purposeless anarchy. Scouting has boundaries in the same way lines chalked on a playing field describe the boundaries of a game. Both Scouts and Scouters observe these boundaries in a reciprocal commitment based on mutual trust and patience.
I also answer a couple fo brief email questions.
Historian, Bugler, Librarian? [0:19]
Scoutmastership in Seven Minutes or Less
Youth Engagement in Scouting [4:43]