When a youth joins a Troop or Crew, chances are that they are not thinking about the impact that the program can have on their future. Parents are also important in the grand scheme of things. Now Advancement, Citizenship, Character Building and all of the core values of Scouting are not the reasons young people join. They join for fun; adventure, friends and events and activities not a part of their normal routine. All the values and advancement sort of sneaks up on them. This does not mean that they shouldn’t pay attention to all of that.
Meeting 3 or 4 times a year for a SM/Leader conference is generally a good idea. Don’t put it off until an advancement is earned. Help the youth member build a resume bucket list and a time frame to go with it. Periodic reviews and revisions can help a youth stay on track and lets them know that they have help and support. Here is a partial Scout resume that a youth can use as a starting point. Other awards and experiences can be and should be added by the youth.
RESUME OF EAGLE SCOUT AND VENTURE CREW MEMBER
National Medal for Outdoor Achievement
Graduate BSA National Youth Leadership Training
Eagle Scout with Palms
Senior Patrol Leader
Venture Crew President
Member National Eagle Scout Association
BSA World Conservation Award
Distinguished Conservation Award
Summer Camp Staff # of Seasons & Position
Order of the Arrow, Brotherhood Member & Lodge Officer
Venturing Leadership Award
Ranger Award, Quest Award, TRUST Award, and Nova Awards
Summit Award the top Venturing recognition
Participant: Florida Sea Base, Philmont Ranch, NM, National Jamboree-Bechtel Summit W.V.
WHAT’S IN YOUR FUTURE?
Perhaps you have a few thoughts about things to add to the list. Of course Venturing extends to age 20 for youths and from 18 on youths can register as Assistant Scoutmasters and take all the adult leader training including Woodbadge. I look forward to your feedback.