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TRAINING YOUTH LEADERS
YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONTINUUMThe vision of the Boy Scouts of America is to be the nations foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership trainingWe strive to fulfill the following objectives:Offer young people responsible fun and adventureInstill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and LawTrain young people in citizenship, service, and leadershipServe Americas communities and families through a quality, values-based program.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONTINUUMTLT Troop Leadership Training(conducted at the troop level)
NYLT National Youth Leadership Training(conducted at the council level)
NAYLE National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience(conducted at the national level)
YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONTINUUMThe youth leader training courses are built around the slogan Be-Know-Do, which serves as the building blocks for all three coursesBe encompasses many of the values of Scouting. The course modules focus on ethical decision making as well as how a Scout can and must put the teams needs before his own needs. Know describes the information that the Scout needs to successfully fill his leadership position. This includes not only the nuts and bolts of the position and its expectations, but what he needs to know about his team and himself in addition to the skills of teaching and leading. Do provides the youths with a vast set of skills to be effective in his position by employing the skills in the leadership skills toolbox. How do they determine the stage of their teams development so as to most properly use the Leading EDGE to guide their progress? How do they resolve conflict and communicate effectively? These are the skills that are taught in the youth leadership training continuum.
TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAININGRunning the Troop Leadership Training course starts with collecting and familiarizing yourself with the materials you will be using:Troop Leadership Training Book (34306A - $6.99), Includes instructions on how to run the course.Troop Leadership Training Cards (30521 - $3.99), replacement Leadership Description Cards to give to the new leaders.Scoutmaster Handbook (33009C - $11.99, you will be teaching the material covered in chapters three and four.
TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAININGMaterials participants should bring:You cant be a Scout without a Scout Handbook and you are leading blind without the Senior Patrol Leader or Patrol Leader Handbook.Senior Patrol Leader Handbook (32501A - $8.99)Patrol Leader Handbook (32502A - $8.99)The Scoutmaster will also need a supply of trained strips to recognize the youth leaders upon completion of the course
TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAININGPreparing the New Senior Patrol LeaderTraining of a New SPL is a one on one conversation with the ScoutmasterThis is your first opportunity to bond with your troops top leader and let him know that he has your confidenceYou should share your philosophy on what makes Scouting great and let him know your personal vision for the troop.
TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAININGTraining the Senior Patrol LeaderHe needs to understand the Aims of Scouting and the he now plays a major role in fulfilling these aimsGo over the position description card for the Senior Patrol Leader.Tell him what you expect from him and let him know what he can expect from youGo through the SPL Handbook with himDiscuss the task of TLT
TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAININGModule 1 Introduction (Know)The Scoutmaster begins by discussing the principles of the youth-led troop in Chapter 3 of the Scoutmaster HandbookThe Senior Patrol Leader then follows with an explanation of the power of a youth-led patrol from Chapter 4 of the Scoutmaster HandbookThe Scoutmaster will then go though the troop organization chart so that the youths see where they fit in the structure of their specific troop. Examples of these organizational charts are found in the Scoutmaster, PL & SPL Handbooks or make your own if needed
TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAININGModule 1 (continued)The Scoutmaster and the Senior Patrol Leader go over each of the positions in detail and introduce the position description cards
The Senior Patrol Leader concludes with a description of the National Honor Patrol Award requirements
TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAININGModule 2 How to Do Your Job (Be) The Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader begin by describing their own vision of success, which they have written before the training session to ensure that the two visions are aligned and that each paints a vivid picture of future success for the troop.The Scoutmaster, senior patrol leader, and the troop then work to ensure that all members share in this vision, so that they are excited about making it come to life. Creating Future Success will encompass:VISIONWhat success looks likea pictureGOALSWhat needs to be done to reach what the group calls successPLANNINGHow the group will execute its goals
TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAININGModule 2 (continued)The Scoutmaster, an assistant Scoutmaster, or a youth who has experience with NYLT will then lead the discussion on Teaching EDGE. This is a simple four-step process used for teaching any skill.ExplainThe trainer explains how something is done.DemonstrateThe trainer demonstrates while explaining again.GuideThe learner tries the skill while the trainer guides him through it.EnableThe learner works on his own under the eye of the trainer.After the Teaching EDGE discussion, the senior patrol leader or an assistant Scoutmaster will ask the troop how they are doing. They will use the process called Start, Stop, Continue:What should we start doing that we are not currently doing?What do we stop doing that is not working?What should we continue doing that is working well and helps us succeed?Lastly, the Scouts are assigned to get to know the team they are responsible for leading. During this session, the Scoutmaster is getting to know more about his troop leaders and should take this assignment to heart as well.
TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAININGModule 3 What is Expected of Me (Do)At the beginning of this module, each Scout is given a card with the responsibilities of his new position. The Scoutmaster reviews each of the responsibilities with him.
The Scoutmaster then leads a discussion of how to be an effective leader who helps each member of his team succeed, explaining that their role is not to simply tell people what to do, but to care about their team and help them succeed. This leads into a discussion of servant leadership, or others-first leadership, with the group.
TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAININGModule 3 (continued)The Scouts learn to create a vision of success for their patrol as well as to define goals for how to get there. They define this vision for themselves for their new leadership position and write it on the back of their leadership position card.
The Scoutmaster ends the training with a Scoutmaster Conference with each new leader, helping the new leadersset the goals to achieve their vision of success. Thenrecognizes the new leader with the Trained strip.
TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAININGTLT is designed to be run often in the troop and with small groups of leaders that share a common visionScoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, and Patrol LeadersScoutmaster, Patrol Leader, and Patrol OfficersScoutmaster, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Troop OfficersTLT is designed as a perfect introduction to Scouting and is a great program for new ScoutsModule 1, what is a Scout & how do you fit as a member of our troopModule 2, how do we create a vision, goals, and a plan to succeed in ScoutingModule 3, what are the expectations of how a Scout behaves, leads, follows, and end with creating hispersonal vision of success
NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING
NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING1.A Month in the Life of a TroopNYLT is a six-day course where the Scouts live and work in an outdoor setting as part of a patrol within the NYLT troopThe first three days represent a week complete with Troop Meetings, Patrol Meetings, and PLC MeetingsThe final three days represents a weekend outings with activities and a chance to test their plans from the meetingsPatrol leaders council meetings and planning for the big monthly outing Use of the patrol method throughout the courseRotate leadership positions so that each can experience different roles There is an immediate application of learning in a variety of structured and fun events
NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING2.Four Stages of Team DevelopmentThey BeginForming - High Enthusiasm, Low SkillsThey realize the taskStorming - Low Enthusiasm, Low SkillsThey start getting use to the taskNorming - Rising Enthusiasm, Growing SkillsThey get it!Performing - High Enthusiasm, High Skills
NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING3. Leadership Requires Vision, Goals, and PlansThe boys are shown several video clips with the theme of Finding Your Vision/Creating a Future. They learn that if you can see it, you can be it. Each Scout develops his personal vision for what future success looks like.Vision = I want to eat an elephantGoals = One bite at a timePlans = I need to get a fork and knife
NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING4.Toolbox of Leadership SkillsEach skill is summarized on the memory tips card as follows:1. VisionGoalsPlanning: Creating Future Success2. SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely3. Planning and Problem Solving Tool: What, How, When, Who4. Assessment Tool-SSC: Start, Stop, Continue5. Teaching EDGE: Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable6. Leading EDGE: Matching the leaders behavior is to the teams stage7. Valuing People-ROPE: Reach out, Organize, Pract