Scoutmaster Musings - YAELSP


> > > Triple Prizes < < < 

Scoutmaster Musings

YAELSP
Yet Another Eagle Leadership Service Project today. It was fixing up the playground at a local church. We've had a glut of projects this summer - actually 7 of them. The projects were at four different churches, a nature area, and two city parks. Lots of landscaping, painting, and building of outdoor furniture.

Today's project had a relatively small group of scouts compared to the size of the troop. It still went well, but I'm afraid Eagle Project Burn-out has set in. I've been warning the Life Scouts of this since July and the last one even gave out ice cream coupons at troop meetings to get guys to volunteer - smart scout!

Five and a half years ago, the troop had a great group of about 16 scouts join. Many of them reached Life quickly, catching up to the scouts in the two years ahead. But then they went into idle mode, feeling they had "lots of time" to get to Eagle. In 10th grade, a couple of them got in gear and pulled the other seven along in their wake and put the pressure on the guys a year older. So, now we have 18 Life scouts, 13 of which are Juniors or Seniors, all anxious to get Eagle. Makes lots of service hour opportunities and a good impact on the community, but difficult to convince scouts to set aside yet another day for volunteer labor.

We still have 3 more projects being planned before winter sets in. They are good projects, but will be extra challenging to complete with the short time left and tired out scouts.

I will be using "the Summer of '09" as an example of planning your project well ahead of time, for a long time. Acquiring volunteers is a crucial part of the project plan that can't be taken for granted.

Scout On

Posted: 22:00 09-27-2009 445
    Previous Post     Next Post        archives:   2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005      Scoutmaster Musings - RSS Feed

Site Disclosure Statement



Follow Me, Boys


Recent Comments
Scouter Paul on Coin Collecting MB
 
Scouter Paul on Boy Scout Uniform
 
Pamela Kline on Coin Collecting MB
 
Scouter Paul on Webelos Uniform
 
Lola on Boy Scout Uniform
 
Janelle on Webelos Uniform
 
Joe Kuipers on Fundraising
 
Scouter Paul on Cooking MB
 
Darcy Didion on Cooking MB
 
Alex Brinkerhoff on Ring post
 
More Comments...


Contest   -   Ask a Question   -   Add Content   -   scout software

This site is not officially associated with the Boy Scouts of America
listeria testingscout software
Boy Scouts  
Boy Scout Trail
Cub Scouts
Webelos
Boy Scouts
My Blog

Activities
Advancements
Awards
Ceremonies
Group Games
Graces
Jokes
Merit Badges
Projects
Recipes
Skits
Songs
SM Minutes
Stories
Uniforms
Pen Pals

Library
Online Tests
Our Schedule
Our Progress


Supporters





Shop 4 Stuff
Visitors
Links
Privacy Policy
ICRA labeled

 
Find more Scouting Resources at www.BoyScoutTrail.com
This site is not officially associated with the Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scout Trail Home Bobcat Tiger Cub Scout Wolf Cub Scout Bear Cub Scout Webelos Boy Scout Tenderfoot Scout 2nd Class Scout 1st Class Scout Star Scout Life Scout Eagle Scout