NISSWA – The Minnesota Central Council of the Boy Scouts of America last week offered a youth leadership program to 37 youth at Parker Scout Camp in Nisswa.
“At its heart, the Boy Scouts of America is a leadership program,” the program’s organizers said in a press release. “By living its mission to prepare young people to make moral and ethical choices throughout their lives by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”
The organization reports that the Boy Scouts exemplify this through the leadership courses they offer to young members. According to the Boy Scouts, National Youth Leadership Training is an “exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide young members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops.” and in other situations requiring the leadership of self and others”.
The course took place over six days and each day the Scouts were introduced to a new topic, a new leadership style and a team building stage. They learned the forming, assaulting, normalizing and executing stages of team development. They learn the Scouts EDGE teaching method, which stands for Educate, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable.
Scouts who can take leadership training are first class and at least 14 years old, said Kenneth Toole, an adviser for the course.
“These young people are the future leaders of their troops and we are preparing them to take on these roles,” Toole said in a press release.
Young people come to camp and are placed on patrol with other young people they have never met before. This starts the team building process for them and they continue this process throughout the week. They attend classes taught by other Scouts and participate in patrol activities, which challenges them to put into practice the lessons they have learned in their classes.
“The entire week is designed to build on itself and push participants through the stages of team building and preparing them to bring what they learned and experienced back to their troops,” said Adam Burton, 19, Sauk Rapids, and senior patrol leader for the course. “What they learn here can really make or break them as leaders of their troop.”
“We hope Scouts will see that every aspect of the course is designed to make them better leaders,” Holly Carlson, who served as the course’s chief scout, said in the statement. “Every part of the course, from camping with new people and class materials, is prepared by the national organization and reviewed before being used across the BSA.”
This year’s course added a new twist as extra precautions had to be taken to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19.
“We require our Scouts to wear a mask at all times, we have a sanitizer patrol that wipes down high-touch surfaces throughout the day, we ask Scouts to wash their dishes in our commercial in-room dishwasher. eating rather than at their campsites, we check times on scouts, and we take into account their time indoors and allow them to get out in the fresh air as much as possible,” Carlson said.
This is also the second year that the Central Minnesota Council has had female BSA Scouts members attend the course.
“Last year I was able to take the course and now this year I’m back to help teach the course to my fellow Scouts,” said Kylissa O’Connor, 13, a member of Troop 43 for daughters, Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd. . “This year I was able to be part of the course staff and share the knowledge I learned last year. I feel so lucky to be able to help educate the future leaders of our female troops.
National Youth Leadership Training is offered annually by the Central Minnesota Council at Parker Scout Camp.
1/3: During the week-long event, each day Scouts were introduced to a new topic, a new leadership style, and a team-building stage. Photo submitted
2/3: Course Director Holly Carlson leads a Patrol Leader Council with Scouts during National Youth Leadership Training at Parker Scout Camp. The training is a week-long Boy Scouts of America course designed to prepare young people to become better leaders in their Scouting unit. Photo submitted
3/3: Boy Scout Ben Sacket, Little Falls, works on making a scarf slide called a woggle during one of the classes held at National Youth Leadership Training at Parker Scout Camp in Nisswa. Photo submitted