Friday, April 14, 2006

BP's words to Patrol Leaders.....

As the sec 3 PLs prepare themselves to take over the running of the troop , I would like to share with you what Baden Powell expects Patrol Leaders to do.....

"I want you Patrol Leaders to go on and train your patrols entirely yourselves, because it is possible for you to get hold of each boy in your Patrol and make a good fellow of him It is no use having one or two brilliant boys and the rest no good at all. You should try to make them all fairly good.

The most important step to this is your own example, because what you do yourselves, your Scouts will do also. Show them that you can obey orders whether they are given by word of mouth or are printed or written rules, and that you carry them out whether your Scoutmaster is present or not. Show them that you can earn Badges for Proficiency, and your boys will follow with very little persuasion. But remember that you must give them the lead and not the push."

- Lord Baden-Powell, A Word To Patrol Leaders from Scouting for Boys

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