Scoutmaster Musings - Day 35: Just Visiting

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Day 35: Just Visiting
100 days of scouting Day 35: I got to visit Troop 342 in Ashland, WI tonight.
I'm visiting my nephews and one of them just joined that troop this month. It's good to check out other troops when you can. You get to see what you're doing right, pick up ideas, and see that generally all troops are chaotic. :-) This troop's scoutmaster does things much differently than I do, but the scouts certainly have opportunity to lead.

It was great to see some 16 and 17 year olds welcoming the new 5th graders that just crossed over. I imagine this scene is unfolding in thousands of troops across the country this week. Guys barely up to the elbows of the Life and Eagle scouts learning two half hitches or trying to do a pull-up or two, and being obviously impressed by the skill and leadership of the older scouts.

I got to chat with an Eagle scout volunteering as assistant scoutmaster now. He showed me their gear room (I'm jealous!) and told me about their fundraising, summer camp, and usual weekend campouts. There are many logistical differences between a troop of 20 scouts and 80 scouts, but the individual scout challenges are identical - how do I motivate this one to step up and lead? why doesn't this one ever bring his book? how do I spread this one's enthusiasm to the rest?

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Posted: 21:21 03-14-2011 593
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 Mar 15, 2011 - Scott
I agree with being able to attend other units. How do you go about being welcomed? I would assume contacting the SM is the best start.
Mar 15, 2011 - Scoutmaster Paul
I'd certainly recommend checking with the SM about visiting a meeting first. I've tried to ensure all SMs in our area are aware that they are always welcome to visit any of our meetings. But, we've never had anyone visit yet. :-(
I've checked out meetings of four other troops and find it a valuable learning time.

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