Hello Troop 464,
I wanted to introduce myself and discuss some Troop needs.
My name is Erik Stewart and I’m a third generation boy scout. My grandfather Ewing was scoutmaster in central California and built a scout camp in that area with his National Forest Management connections. My father attended the 2nd National Jamboree in Valley Forge by train from California through Detroit, Niagara Falls, and New York city. I have been leader with our councils Jamboree trips for 2010, 2013, and now 2017.
I only reached the rank of Life scout with a family move from Texas to Tennessee, and yes, I kick myself every day.
I’m very focused on what the scout program can do for youth development into very fine adult members of society. Much of this development is accomplished with in the “Patrol Method” and with the Boy led program. So this is the area that is always difficult. It is easy for the adults to organize the larger Troop based on our skills from experience with team, clubs, and/or from work, etc. However, we all want the opportunity for the scouts to practice and develop these skills. So boy scouting may look more disorganized that a well run Cub Scout Pack as we are shifting the organization and leadership to the youth to develop those skills. Working through patrols and troop organized with youth leadership will improve the more we practice.
There is a big advantage for the adults here in both seeing rapid development and maturity in their sons, but also allowing us to pick and choose what our involvement will be with the Troop and to be flexible with that involvement. We definitely need the adult involvement but in areas that still allow the scouts to manage their own Troop and develop these leadership skills. Essentially, we need to move to more roles more as resource, coach, and mentor roles, along with the Troop committee roles to assure the success of the Troop long term.
This Troop has a great history in the Pearland, TX area and just this year reached the 100+ Eagle milestone. We are blessed with a great charter organization and facilities to accomplish the program.
One of my favorite discussions that is often covered at adult meetings is considering generally the overlap we have with out kids in their lives. If you picture a yard stick of 36″ and consider each 1/2″ as a year in the shared experience you have with your kids. As I have recently observed with my oldest heading to college you have a great deal of active involvement in your kids lives for the first 9″ of that yard stick. Boy Scouts covers the last 3″ of that short timeline. So, I encourage all our parents to look for ways with the Troop to create some meaningful experiences with their own son(s) and with all the scouts in the Troop.
Come talk with myself about what you can bring to the table. Rick supplied everyone with Adult skills surveys take the time to consider these surveys and return them to the Troop.
I would recommend also thinking about one Merit Badge you could really teach well and we will get you on the Troop list for Merit Badge Instruction.
You may be interested in camping with the Troop, holding a committee role, mentor, merit badge instruction, or many other ways to pitch in with the Troop. I prefer teams of people working together towards goals with flexibility to swap roles as needed. This kind of approach make the commitments manageable also.
Tuesday starts another cycle of youth leadership with elections for the Troop positions. The new PLC will then start the management of the Troop. The planning meeting in August established a very good plan for our camping activities through to 2017 Summer Camp and a large number of our scouts are attending the 2017 Jamboree.
So I look forward to a great annual cycle for Troop 464. This weekend we had 24 Webelo scouts camping with the Troop at the scout house. Our scouts managed the event in fine form.
Troop 464, Scoutmaster