By Stewart Schow
Mar 30, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 22: Stop, Start, Continue

TASK: learn how to use BSA’s simple start, stop and continue method of self evaluation.

In an article written for the George Lucas Educational Foundation posted by David Hawley and published November 2015 in Edutopia, he wrote:

“Humanity cannot wait for students to graduate—whether or not they are in International Baccalaureate® schools—and get stated on doing things that contribute to a better world.  We need to give students in every school at ever age, real agency and authentic opportunities to make a difference in this volatile, unpredictable complex and ambiguous world.”

The Varsity Team (Teacher Quorum) is such a place where young men can experience real agency and authentic opportunities to make a difference. The Varsity Team (Teacher Quorum) is such a place where young men can experience real agency and authentic opportunities to make a difference.   In his article, Hawley continues:

Every year we build a community that modeled what all of us wished for the wider world.  We created a working campus where everyone had a job.  All of these jobs were non-trivial, adult roles.  If any role were not fulfilled, the well-being of the campus and the community would suffer.  On many days, when we concluded our activities and jobs, we met in a circle and asked ourselves:

  • What should we stop doing?
  • What should we start doing?
  • What should we continue doing?

As simple as these sound, they provided us a safe predictable wet of questions that became habits of mind, a way to pause and reflect before engaging in something else.  Our aim was to get better at what we were doing.

The young men of the Varsity team need to also examine how they are doing in relationship to the vision and goals of the Team captain.  They need to look at each activity in relationship to over Aim of the Team.  From the this STOP. START. CONTINUE.pdf we learn that the steps of start stop continue are.

Stop—Things that are getting in the way.  What do you need to stop doing right now in order to move towards your goals?  What are you doing that has nothing to do with your goals, or is working against your goals?  How are you getting in your own way?  What is not serving your interests?  What negative things have you been tolerating (e.g. other people’s behaviors, your own behaviors, low standards) and how can you stop tolerating those things as your move forward?

Start—Things you want to put into place in order to improve the situation and achiever your goals.  What can you start doing in order to achieve your goals?  What new activities, attitudes, or behaviors can you initiative in order to move in the right direction?  What do you want to bring forth in yourself in this new chapter?  What can you start doing right now that will make a difference?

Continue—Things that are working that you should keep doing.  What do you want to continue that will help you to achieve your goals?  What has been working well up until now, and how can you continue doing that?  What are you currently doing that is consistent and aligned with the stated goals?

This should not take a long time but it is important that the results are written and reviewed.  

Using Start, Stop and Continue is a form of Evaluation  

The Varsity Leaders Guide Book stated:

Evaluation is a key ingredient of good leadership.  Evaluating a group’s progress allows a leader to determine what has been accomplished and what remains to be done.  Weighing the success of a team’s efforts is an ongoing process. 

Start, Stop, Continue allows leaders to better understand their own effectiveness and to discover more ways to motivate their groups.  Some questions to ask as a part of the Start, Stop Continue process are, is the task getting done?  Is it being done right?  Are we on schedule?  Is everyone involved?

What do I need to do to make Start, Stop, Continue a part of my Teams efforts?

This weekly blog series will help any new Varsity Scout leader get well trained in 90 days using this unique program that serves Teacher-aged young men:

MOnth one

Week 1 Week 2
Week 3  Week 4
  • Day 22: Stop-Start-Continue
  • Day 23: Information Resources
  • Day 24: Leave no Trace
  • Day 25: Safety Certifications
  • Day 26: The Yearly Planning Event
  • Day 27: Unfolding the Yearly Plan
  • Day 28: Whole System Review

Stewart Schow
Author: Stewart Schow  | Utah National Parks Council Varsity Scout Committee Chairman


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