FACILITATOR GUIDE (2017)
INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR TROOPS - FACILITATOR GUIDE, 721-072, 2017 Printing,
WHO PARTICIPATES IN THIS COURSE?, pp 3-4,
In order to keep experienced youth leaders who have been through this course before from becoming bored or perhaps not wanting to participate again, the troop should consider having them serve as trainers for some of the segments or as facilitators for some of the games and challenges in this course.Scouts who have previously graduated from ILST or National Youth Leadership Training can also be used as trainers or facilitators, especially in Module Two and Module Three. …
WHEN TO CONDUCT THIS COURSE, p. 4
ILST should be conducted shortly after a new term of office begins If there will be a delay of more than a few weeks between the start of the new term and this course, then the Scoutmaster should conduct a leaders’ orientation right after the election of new youth leaders.
The length of terms of office varies from troop to troop—and even from year to year within a troop. Ultimately, it’s up to your troop to determine when to conduct ILST. …
Upon completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, the Scout is qualified to wear the “Trained” emblem on his uniform.
MESSAGE TO THE SCOUTMASTER— YOUR ROLE AS A LEADER, p. 8
It is the Scoutmaster’s privilege and responsibility to organize and lead ILST. You may also want or need to involve other trained adult leaders and of course, you should involve previously trained Scouts. As you train the troop leadership team using ILST, you and your Scout leaders will gain a greater sense of mutual trust and, ideally, see how useful a shared style of leading will be in the troop. Yes, Scouting is designed to be as youth-led as possible, but don’t forget that the Scoutmaster does have a role to play as well. The Scoutmaster is part of the team being built, so it is imperative that the Scoutmaster is actively involved in the training exercise.
Note that while we aim to have our youth leaders lead, we do not abdicate all responsibility to the Scouts. Adults must play a critical role in advising, providing feedback, and guidance, and they are in fact responsible for the troop. Scouts do not call all the shots just because they are Scouts. Adults need to work in concert with our young leaders, allowing them the freedom to learn from mistakes but also providing guidance as needed.