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Rules for Being a Scoutmaster

 

Rule #1: The Scouts must have fun.

If the Scouts aren’t having fun then they won’t come to Scouting, let alone have the involvement that motivates them to learn skills and the skill of working together.  People learn best from joy rather than obligation or fear. 

 

Rule #2: The Scoutmaster must have fun.

No matter what the Scouts think they’re doing, if YOU are not having fun then THEY’RE NOT having fun.  If you are not enjoying what you are doing, then you not only shouldn’t do it, you are serving as a BAD role model for the Scouts.

 

Rule #3: Always Be Teaching

Even if they don’t understand, tie Scouting Principles to everything they do.  People learn by doing rather than listening, but if they think that there is a rational explanation for what they are doing, by the time they understand the explanation, they will have also mastered the skill and be able to pass it on to other Scouts.

 

Rule #4: See Rule #1