Related guidebook sections
Lone Scout Friend and Counselor Guidebook, (PDF), 511-420, ©2019 Boy Scouts of America, 2019 Printing,
- This is Lone Scouting > The Scout and the Friend and Counselor, page 5
- This is Lone Scouting > About Responsibilities, page 6
- This is Lone Scouting > The Keys to the Program: Literature for Leaders, page 7
- This is Lone Scouting > The Keys to the Program: Literature for Youth, page 7
- This is Lone Scouting > What the Lone Scout Friend and Counselor Can Do, page 8.
The Scout and the Friend and Counselor (extract)
A Lone Scout friend and counselor plays a critical role in delivering the fun and adventure of Scouting. At the same time, the approach must align with the age and readiness level of the Scout. This is because Scouting helps youth by encouraging them to learn for themselves. Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder, said, “An adult should never do for a boy what he can do for himself.” This is not easy, but youth learn best by doing as much as possible using their own personal resources with the adults on the sidelines playing roles such as coach or cheerleader. This is something to work toward as a Lone Scout grows in age and maturity. All Scouts need a climate in which to solve problems and learn things for themselves.
The relationship between a Lone Scout and counselor is a two-way street. When both learn and accept their responsibilities, the result can be tremendously rewarding. The Scout, of course, must understand the need to take age appropriate initiative, and must be immersed in the Scout handbook for their program and age group.
The counselor helps the Lone Scout get the most out of Scouting in much the same way pack and troop leaders help their Scouts. This support includes setting a positive example. It also means getting to know the Scout well enough to continuously challenge the Scout to reach further and to achieve as much as possible—with just the right level of assistance, guidance, and recognition.
Parents who are counselors to their own children may experience the reward of getting to know their children in a different way, from another perspective
The Keys to the Program: Literature for Leaders
(Cub Scouting literature removed, links updated 2021-07-14)
Just as the Scout must be immersed in the appropriate youth handbook, the friend and counselor must become familiar with the leaders’ literature. It has been clearly established that Scouting volunteers in any capacity who delve into the literature are the ones who present the best programs and have the most active and successful units. The following represents a good reading and reference list. Additional resources can be found at the end of this guidebook.
- Troop Leader Guidebook, volumes 1 (No. 33009) and 2 (No. 33010). Primary references for adult leaders in Scouts BSA
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The Keys to the Program: Literature for Youth
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Lone Scouts from ages 11 through 18 in the Scouts BSA program
- use the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys, No. 34622 or
- the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls, No. 39006.
Each youth handbook contains a treasure trove of Scouting information that will take a Scout through the ranks all the way to Eagle Scout. A Lone Scout should be presented the appropriate handbook immediately upon joining.
What the Lone Scout Friend and Counselor Can Do
Besides reading the leaders’ literature, there are countless methods the Lone Scout friend and counselor might use to build the right atmosphere and offer assistance to the Scout:
- Following the Lone Scout plan, establish a calendar and structure for meetings and activities. See “Meetings and Activities” in the next chapter.
- Assist the Scout in arranging transportation. See “Safety and Youth Protection” in this guidebook.
- When financial resources are needed, provide them as you can, but also consult the leaders’ literature for information on earning money, budgeting, and other finance issues in Scouting.
- Administer the BSA advancement program according to the Guide to Advancement, No. 33088. The guide can be downloaded at https://www.scouting.org/advancement.
- Help the Scout discover and take advantage of resources.
Youth and adult leaders in Scouting can use to their advantage countless resources. Aside from the leaders’ literature and the youth handbooks, the Lone Scout and the counselor can work together and also separately to find those tools that will be most helpful to them.
You should also learn about any local district or council activities you can attend in your vicinity. Internet searches are valuable as well in identifying opportunities, such as local organizations that could benefit from service projects, places to go hiking or swimming, or other resources that may facilitate rank advancement. Lone Scouts living outside the United States and near American embassies or consulates, or an American overseas school, may find excellent resources there for meeting the requirements for the citizenship merit badges, or opportunities to help conduct flag ceremonies, and so forth