The Importance Of Boy Scouts

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Adults have the bad habit of telling others what to do, how to do it and usually without an explanation on why to do it. Scouting likes to take those elements out of the picture and lean more towards to the motto of "Don 't do anything a scout a can do" - Lord Baden Powell. Boy Scouts has been around for 108 years and has a solid foundation on the way it works. The only issue with the program is the adults. Stepping back and letting the scout "fail" is a hard thing to do for most and therefore, in the last 20 years, some troops have been changed by making them adult-led rather than boy-led. "Empowering boys to be leaders is the core of Scouting. Scouts learn by doing, and what they do is lead their patrols and their troop. The boys themselves develop a troop program, then take responsibility for figuring out how they will achieve the goals. One of the our most important challenges is to train boy leaders to run the troop by providing direction, coaching and support. The boys will make mistakes now and then and will rely upon the adult leaders to guide them. But only through real hands-on experience as leaders can boys learn to lead" (Scoutmaster Handbook) Troop 25 of West Bridgewater was renowned as the model troop in the area under the leadership of Barry Meltzer. Being known as a well-oiled machine, the boys within the troop led by example and had a solid foundation of the patrol method and order of rank. As the years passed after Barry left the troop, the new leaders

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