Wow, little did I now how much I would learn as a Scoutmaster, and I only pray that I continue to learn more. I came into my new role as an eager Beaver (WB 2131) wanting to learn something and better myself in 2018. Although, I believe I had some preconceived notions of what would work, some of them true, everything has been a learning opportunity all centered around accepting changes along the way.
Some of my recent opportunities I have learned.
1.Dealing with adults is probably the hardest thing about being a Scoutmaster.
2. I need to enable and then step-out of the way of youth, especially leaders.
When 4 out of 5 people (adults) are in on a joke, I need to make sure the 5th person understands the context and feels included. And with grace I realize we can’t expect everyone to be serious all the time. As a SM you have to know when to step-in and know when to step-out whether dealing with Scouts or adults. Some parents, ASM, SMs, etc, want to run the Troop, they feel the Troop is a direct reflection of who they are, if the Scouts fail, they too are a failure. We only fail if we stop trying. As a SM I have had to learn to take a deep breath and allow myself to step-out of the Troop’s way, the Patrol’s way as they try to play the game of Scouting. Most of the time I am constantly asking myself, am I stepping in too much? Am I getting in the way of a learning opportunity? Am I not stepping-in when i should, so the scouts can have some fun and not get too bogged down in the murk? In the end my final notion is most of the time I should just step out and allow the patrol method to work because no matter how much I stress, Scouting works!