Task One: When you agree to take a leadership position, your first job is to find your replacement. “You must have someone that can take over when you go, or you can’t go!” Every unit needs to have succession plans in place for every position.
Parents MUST step up and pitch in as adult leaders. Reasons they don't...
Uninformed – Most parents are never asked to help as an adult leader. The only time they're asked for anything it's usually money.
No Time – Some are under the misguided notion that they have no time. “What? You have no time for your kids? … And I do?” We must reevaluate our commitments to our children's education. Most of the time, this is just an excuse. There is always, available time that they could spend/donate to their own children's benefit. Sometimes parents need guidance on not trying to schedule every minute of every day for their children.
Scared – Parents are just plain scared of messing up. Not acting on their fears create more of a problem than they know. Scout leadership training is included and expected! Not every position is “Scout Facing” in a unit. https://youtu.be/9DHD1zcdCH0
“It's only one hour a week?” – This was told to almost every new leader in the past. It has become ambiguous and laughable. Realistically it's 1 hour of training and/or preparation, and 2 hours for the unit meeting every week on average. That's only 3 hours a week or 156 hours a year. On average Americans spend 5-6 hours a day consuming entertainment (television, cable, Internet, etc.). That's on average 38 hours a week or over 2000 hours a year. Depending on your unit there's usually some big activity each month. Most of the time adult leaders are not “on stage” during the big activity. During which, leaders have the opportunity for lots of quality time for themselves.
🌐 Succession Planning for Volunteer Leaders (See Note): https://training.scouting.org/learning-plans/1165
🌐 Training for Adults: https://www.scouting.org/training/adult
📄 Leader Recruitment & Succession Planning Meeting: https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Leader-Recruitment-and-Succession-Planning-2019.pdf
🎬 New Leaders – Understanding Scout Facing or Backstage: https://youtu.be/9DHD1zcdCH0
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