By Darryl Alder
Jan 28, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 9: The Coach’s Corner

Day 9The Task: Prepare and give a good Coach’s Corner

At the close of every meeting you should give a Coach’s Corner.  This is the heart of the closing. It is an opportunity for the Coach to share a story based on Scouting’s values. For example Ken Cluff shared this one with us last February:

In The Law of Happiness, Dr. Henry Cloud teaches, “the reality is that every single day happy people are thinking thoughts that help them to be happy and unhappy people do the opposite.”

This is one of the most documented realities in all psychological research: our thinking affects our moods, anxiety level, performance and well-being.

The great thing: We get to choose if we are going to use negative thoughts or positive thoughts to program our mind.

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How would you liken the values of Scouting using this old car?

Pretty short and quite simple.

Though brief, the Coach’s Corner can be one of the most important parts of a team meeting. Since it is at close of the meeting, it is the thought that your boys take home.

LDS Scouters will find “likening” a great way to deliver a Coach’s Corner. Other coaches rely on Scoutmaster’s Minutes.  Whatever you decide, you will find parables, short stories about everyday people and occurrences that illustrate a moral attitude or religious principle, are great for your Varsity Scouts. 

Sometimes the Coach’s Corner, falls at the end of an activity or campout.  For example, this one comes from the Varsity Scout Guidebook, where after a weekend program planning clinic, the Coach reflects on the team’s experience, but likening to life in a different way:

This weekend we talked a lot about planning and about the seven steps that are involved in that process. While our work had to do with deciding on a team program, the process we used was an effective form of problem solving.

Remember the term verbal rehearsal as a step in planning? it can be used for making ethical decisions as well as for coming to conclusions about other sorts of issues.

For example, when someone suggests you do something you don’t feel good about, talk it over. You can ask this person: “Are you suggesting that I _________?”  By verbalizing it, you are laying the issue on the line, and you may find that you get an interesting reaction.

The person who made the suggestion might deny having said it or may try to change the subject. If he continues to encourage you to do something you feel wrong. your course of action is clear. You know it’s wrong, he knows it’s wrong and you could simply walk away. Good decisions make a difference, so decide wisely.

The Coach’s Corner is a special time when you have the attention of all the entire team, and it is your opportunity to convey a special message of inspiration and reflect on character, citizenship and fitness. It may be a time to praise team members for Good Turns and other tasks well done. It could drive home the need to “Be Prepared.” These are the ideals of Scouting found in the Oath and Law and this is the time to teach one of them.

Now we have shared a few ideas, it is time to plan your next Coach’s Corner.

You can read other parts of this blog series here:

Week 1 Week 2

The month ahead:

MOnth one


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