By Scouter Marc, Troop Scouter
“Youth-led” is one of the Four Elements of The Canadian Path. For many, this will be a big change, and it begs the question: with youth leading the planning of their adventures, what purpose is there to Scouter meetings?
As Scouters, it’s important for us to support our youth’s Scouting experience and personal development as best as possible. Once your Section’s on The Canadian Path, you will find that your meetings do not have to happen so frequently. They will often be replaced with more Section Leadership team (SLT) meetings.
So what exactly do Scouters do at meeting now? It’s important to share how we are doing, evaluate the health of the Section we are working with, review safety notes, highlight some of the personal progression made by some of the youth, prepare paperwork and discuss feedback from youth and parents.
As Scouters, it’s important for us to support our youth’s Scouting experience and personal development as best as possible.
Basically, use this time constructively to catch up. The younger a Section is, the more adult support is required. Talk about the needs for some of the upcoming meetings and be better prepared to facilitate a great, safe Scouting program.
Much of what’s discussed at Scouter meetings should be brought back to the Section Leadership Team. Give these youth some items that they can contribute to. Between youth and Scouters, everyone should be prepared for the Section’s next adventure!
We are wise in the use of our resources and our time counts as one of those precious resources. Let’s use our Scouter meeting to focus on strengthening the generous support we give to our youth and to each other.