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A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership Training: Working the Patrol Method Paperback – 2010
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This guide offers practical ways 21st century Scout Leaders can use Baden-Powell’s Patrol Method to train America’s future leaders. We wrote it for Leaders, Assistant Leaders, Advisors, Committee Chairs, Training Chairs, scout parents -- anyone interested in giving Scouts more leadership opportunities. Leadership training is simple: trust and respect your Scouts, use the Patrol Method to give your Scouts real responsibility, mentor, motivate and recognize results. But while the basics are simple, the devil is in the details. This guide offers practical advice about the “Why” of the Patrol Method; the Patrol Method from a Scoutmaster’s perspective; team-building and shared leadership; how to create your personal leadership legacy, and much more. Are you deeply concerned about America’s future leadership? Are you having trouble getting your Scouts to take responsibility? Have you promised Scout-run but your unit can’t seem to get there? Do you want to kick-start Troop Leadership Training but aren’t sure how to go about it? Do you need a readable resource to help orient other adults in your unit? Are you a new Scout parent who wants to understand what the Patrol Method is all about? Through storytelling, Baden-Powell’s own words, clear explanations and interesting illustrations, this guide will help you make a difference and deliver the promise. Published independently by four Eagle Scouts.
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I've had my current SPL and a 17-year-old eagle scout check this book out. My SPL thinks it would be appropriate for troop based youth leadership training. The eagle scout thought that the stories were too contrived.
I think the leadership stories that they used to illustrate the concepts are the best part of the book, even though there is a sort of just-so or dues ex machina quality to them. The stories do a good job of illustrating leadership principles in the context of a Scout troop. I find it difficult to communicate to patrol leaders what they should be trying to do. The stories help make the concepts more concrete in a way that even a 12-year-old boy should be able to grasp.
I don't want to give the idea that this book is suitable only for boys; it is also useful for adult leaders, particularly new leaders. The BSA does not provide anything comparable in their training or literature, though they should.
Answer: Because that the most I'm allowed to give (If it was up to me this would be a 10 star rating!)
Within a minute of skimming the book, I already had a great plan for next year's Troop Leader Training! The author's mention in the forward that "this guide is just a starting point" and urges the readers to move forward to get training to eventually get their Wood Badge beads. As someone who has been through Wood Badge, this should be required reading for all leaders. The "yarns" are right on target and could easily stand along side B-P's. I really hope the four Eagles consider a follow-up book because I will be first in line to get it.
Working the Patrol Method a Scout leader's guide to youth leadership training is the best work on the patrol method since 'Green Bar' Bill Hillcourt's Handbook for Patrol Leaders last published in 1965 or Baden Powell's Aids to Scoutmastership originally published in 1920.
Authors Rob Faris,Ted Knight and Harry Wimbrough have created an indispensable tool for understanding, implementing and maintaining Scouting's centrally important concept, the patrol, in the 21st century.
Central principles are illustrated by yarns (stories) that narrate the common challenges of leadership and explained using Baden-Powell's founding vision, Green-Bar Bill Hillcourt's writings and relevant thoughts from prominent leaders. Any scout leader is sure to gain immediate, practical knowledge for improving their application of the patrol method.
Applying the patrol method is a perennial challenge for all of us, indeed it is the subject of much of the Scoutmaster blog and podcast. I cannot recommend Working the Patrol Method strongly enough - an essential tool for every Scoutmaster and adult leader.
You can listen to an interview with Rob Faris and Harry Wimbrough in Scoutmaster Podcast 40.