Leadership Training!

March 11th, 2009 by Peter Schmelzer


One of my favorite benefits of Boy Scouting is helping boys learn to work together toward a common goal. To that end, I led a training seminar for our scouts at St. John’s Lutheran Church this past Saturday.

The seminar consists of a combination of video clips surrounding hands-on activities to underscore the lesson. Here the boys had to figure out how to work together to move the group twenty feet with only half of the feet or hands touching the floor and without losing contact with each other (this was the second attempt, which was successful!) Following each activity, we reflected on how it went and how leadership was exhibited by certain members of the group.

By the end of the day, the boys learned many important ideas, including:

  • That it doesn’t feel good when your idea isn’t heard
  • That the best ideas don’t always come from the leader
  • That a good leader doesn’t have to know everything or even act that way
  • That activities can be more fun when leadership is shared
  • That conflicts can be resolved using empathy, invention, and selection
  • This weekend, the scouts will try out some of their new skills at a campout on the St. Croix River.

    This is the stuff of Boy Scouts. Your son could be learning these skills, too, which will be with him for life. Give me a call at 507-645-9020 to find out more!

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