By Stewart Schow
Apr 27, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 26—Set the Example

Task: Commit yourself to setting the example for your team.

Set the Example.

These are words we hear all the time. It’s in the Program Advisers instruction, the Coach’s and Assistant Coach’s instructions, the Captains instruction, as well as co-captain and program managers.   So, why is being an example so important to Scout Leadership and living? 

 The Varsity Leaders Guide says:

“Among the most powerful leadership tools is the personal example leaders set through their actions and attitudes. Ask group members to tell about times when they have been influenced by a leader’s actions more than by the leader’s words. Discuss what it was about those actions that made them so effective. Note the main points of the discussion on the flip chart. Encourage team leaders to consider the examples they set by the ways they conduct their own lives.”

I have heard this many times over the year, and I believe it to be true.  “What you are doing speaks so loudly in my ears, I cannot hear what you’re saying.”

Under the heading “Controlling the Group” in the Varsity Leaders Guidebook, it states:

Setting the example. The most effective way of controlling group performance is the personal example of the leader. A good leader knows the importance of a positive approach while observing, instructing, helping, inspecting, and reacting.”

So Coach, step back to consider the example you are setting for your boys. What messages do boys receive from your behavior? What could be improved? What could be done better? What new things could you try? (Start-stop-continue is implied.)

Start, Stop, Continue is the ideal course of action to begin examining how your  example being viewed.  Are you living the Scout Oath and the Scout Laws? 

Do you live “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and obey the scout law, to help other people at all times, to keep my self physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”? 

Are you trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous  kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent each day?

If not, what do you need to change?

What do you need to start doing?

What do you need to stop doing?

What do you need to continue to do?

This weekly blog series will help any new Varsity Scout leader become 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

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




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