How Scouting Creates Leaders?

Tomás Franklin Castillo Scoutreach Committee Chair Occoneechee Council, BSA


Annual Report to the Nation Team, 2009

The True Face of Scouting

Presentation Format
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Definition of a true leader Learning those skills Applying those skills Continuing on Life s Journey Successfully! Resources for further inquiry


What is a leader?
Wikipedia defines a leader as one person, who through a process of social influence, can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.



The US Marine Corps attributes the following personality traits to a true leader:

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Justice Judgment Dependability Initiative Decisiveness Tact Integrity

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Enthusiasm Bearing Unselfishness Courage Knowledge Loyalty Endurance



What is a true leader?
‡ The Scout Motto: "Be Prepared ‡ The Scout Oath (or Promise):
On my honor I will do my best, To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

‡ The 12 points of the Scout Law: A Scout is
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

What is a leader?

Other famous Eagle Scouts


Learning those skills
‡ Begin the Adventure videoclip


Learning those skills
Scout Tenderfoot Second






Skills of a Leader
‡ Merit Badges a total of 125 can be earned
-topics vary from American Business to Woodwork


Putting Leader Skills into Practice
If you get invited to join .there s the Order of the Arrow (Scouting s Honor Society)
-focuses on service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults


Applying those Skills
‡ Boy Scout Troops consist of Patrols, which are boy led; PL/APL have limited tenure to give others a chance to lead.

Patrol Leader Asst Patrol Leader Scout Scout Scout

Resources: Troop Program Features, volume I


Continuing on Life s Journeys Successfully! ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) BSA High Adventure Bases PADI Scholarship Program


BSA s Hispanic Initiatives
‡ Hispanic Initiatives videoclip


Resources for further inquiry

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In the words of Scouting s Founder, Sir Robert Baden Powell:

"There are two ways of climbing a mountain. One man goes steadily upward, following the track that has been made by others or has been pointed out by the guide book; he keeps his eyes fixed on that track so that he may not miss it; his one determination is to be successful in getting to the top. The other climber is equally anxious to reach the top, but he looks wider. He looks ahead and higher and sees where the former track may now, owing to wash-outs, etc., be improved upon, and he varies his course accordingly. Occasionally he pauses to look around him and to realize the glorious view that is opening and unfolding itself at every step; thus he gains the spirit of exhilaration that lightens his task and gives him fresh encouragement to press on. Then, too, he looks back and realizes that the foot-hills through which he has laboured are mere molehills now, and he is in a position whence he can wave encouragement and direction to others, who are still struggling through the early part of their climb. Thus he pursues his way in cheery exaltation rather than with the stern laborious doggedness of the other climber. So in our work - indeed, in any work of life - we should look forward, well forward, with high aims and hope; look around with joy and goodwill; look back with thankfulness at what has been accomplished and then press on with renewed vigour, with helpful initiative, and with broadened outlook, towards the highest goal, not forgetting to give a helping hand to others as we go. But when you look - look WIDE; and even when you think you are looking wide - LOOK WIDER STILL.

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