Troop 888 Scouts and family.
It is my honor and high privilege to be entrusted with the role of Scoutmaster for Troop 888. My role is to continue and build upon the finest traditions and values of Scouting for our Scouts. A robust outdoor program supplemented with practical leadership training has been a cornerstone of the greatest youth program for young men for over a century. I am, but a steward, of that tradition. Scouting is a unique opportunity for young men to learn multiple skills for success in an environment where it is safe to fail and have a ton of fun in the process.
Leaders of Troop 888 that have come before me have set a high standard. I intend to embrace those standards and expand upon them. I will draw frequently from the experience and skills of those adults that have dedicated themselves to the betterment of the Troop over the years and end enlist the same from those that are newcomers. Our Scouts will be actively engaged in developing and executing our program.
“ARE WE HAVING FUN YET”? If yes, great, let’s do more of that. If not, WHY? Our Scouts will be in charge of and accountable for their own happiness. As adult leaders, we are there to help them along in the process. It is critical to give Scouts ownership of their enjoyment of Scouting. Pick it, plan it, do it. Evaluate. What went right? What went wrong? What can we do better next time? Repeat as necessary.
It is a goal to reengage and reenergize our older cadre of Scouts. Adult leadership will focus upon working with them to better utilize and balance their advanced skills and maturity to benefit the Patrols and Troop as a whole while affording them the opportunity to experience adventures and activities more appropriate to their age group either in the context of Troop events or independently.
The Patrols of Troop 888 will be the very foundation of the Troops continued success. The Patrol Method, as embraced by Scouting’s Founder, Baden Powell, is the essence of the Scouting program. Designed around the concept of small unit leadership, the Patrol Method allows Scouts to have a manageable and age appropriate leadership opportunity. It is my goal to work closely with the youth leadership of the troop to facilitate this.
Scouts and adults will often hear me refer to our Scouts as young men or gentlemen. This is not by accident; it is a standard by which Scouts will be expected to comport themselves. There will be lots of time for fun and games and for boys to act like boys. FUN is a huge part of Scouting. By treating these young men with a culture of respect and maturity, the plan is to cultivate such behavior and build respect between those that lead and those that follow their leaders. The followers will someday be leaders too, and leaders will again become followers and part of the team.
We will also be expanding our communications tools. Our website and email systems have undergone major changes and will continue to improve under the leadership of our Webmaster, Historian and Scribe along with ASM support. Look out for the possible addition of a text messaging system to be added as well in the future. The website will be the centerpiece of resources for the Troop with a frequently updated calendar, links to important resources, activity signups, forms and advancement information. Latest news and updates will be featured at the blog at the top of the page.
If a parent or Scout ever has a concern or an idea, I am available to help. Scouts should know that their first resources for answers are, in order, their handbooks, troop website, Patrol Leaders, ASPL’s, SPL and then the adult leaders. It is not that we don’t want to interact with Scouts….we did volunteer for this. Doing your own legwork, thinking independently to solve problems and planning is all part of the program. Think: Give a man a fish vs teach a man to fish.
We have big plans and a bright future. Scouts and adults have busy lives and full schedules, yet an effective Scouting program needs the ACTIVE involvement of our Scouts. The Patrols function better and scouts have more fun when everyone shows up and participates. Plans quickly fall apart when a patrol cannot muster enough Scouts for a campout as a Patrol or when there are activities that are Patrol based challenges. Everyone has more fun when the unit can function as a team. Scouting is one of the few places in their youth where young men get the chance to make their own choices and chart the path of their own fun. LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 888