As a Scout’s skills and knowledge improve, new responsibilities are given to them. There is nothing better then seeing a young man master a new skill and then sharing his knowledge with other scouts. New Scouts begin with basic skills under the guidance of more experienced Scouts.
There are many skills that these young men learn, but leadership is one of the most important. Gaining confidence while providing leadership is probably one skill that will stay with a scout for a lifetime. As Scoutmaster, I facilitate Troop 370’s Introduction to Leadership Skills Training program. The ILST prepares the scouts for their role as boy leaders by providing them the skills necessary to carry out his job in the Troop and will learn how to pass those skills on to other boys.
Training youth to be
leaders is an ongoing process that begins immediately when a Scout
accepts a new position in the troop or when he is elected to a
leadership position in his patrol or troop. Introduction to Leadership Skills Training
(ILST) is divided into three modules and designed to be used by the
Scoutmaster in separate or back-to-back sessions. The first module
should be conducted within a week of a Scout's acceptance of his new
leadership responsibilities and should always immediately follow patrol
and troop elections. Completion of all three modules qualifies the Scout
to wear the Trained patch. Scoutmasters should insist that a Scout
participate in ILST each time he changes leadership roles within the
troop or his patrol.
Like the National Youth Leadership Training, Troop Leadership Training sessions are organized into topics that explain
· What he must Know to successfully fill his leadership position
· What a youth leader must Be to be successful
· What he must Do to carry out his new responsibilities
Each module is designed to take no more than one hour. The material draws from and reinforces the elements of the Patrol Leader Handbook, the Scoutmaster Handbook, and NYLT.