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One Minute Scout Leader

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by admin

Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson’s bestselling book The One Minute Manager concentrates on brief, focused management through goal setting, encouragement and correction. One minute methods work well for Scout Leaders: (adapted from an essay by Winston R. Davis, author of Men of Schiff)

There was a bright young man looking for a really good Scout Leader.

He wanted to work for one.  He wanted to become one.

He found some who said: “I keep my Scouts in line! If you let up on them, they just get in trouble. We make ’em shape up!” Their troops were usually impressive:  good uniforming, behavior and skills. But the Scouts in their troops didn’t seem to be having much fun.  The only ones having a good time were just like their Scout Leaders. They said: “We know how to make these kids behave. We don’t let ’em get away with a thing!”

There were others he found who  were easygoing and likable, friendly and quiet.  Many said,  “Oh, life is too short to hassle these kids. I let them pretty much decide what they want to do. That’s the patrol method. They know what they need.” The Scouts in their Troops didn’t appear doing anything that was in their Scout books.  Hardly any complete uniforms. Lots of goofing around and having a great time. Troop activities were noisy and looked like fun, but not everybody could participate. Younger Scouts seemed confused and unable to get any help.

The young man wasn’t happy with what he had seen.

He knew a good Scout Leader would run his troop so that the girls and boys would have a good time and learn some things. There wouldn’t be a lot of time wasted on noisy confusion. They could get right down to the business of doing exciting and interesting things. Scouts would earn a lot of badges, win a lot of contests and have fun doing it.

He began hearing wonderful things about a Scout Leader who lived not far from him; he found the One-Minute Scout Leader.

The OMSL believes that boys who feel good about themselves do good things.  He knows that “Goals begin behavior; consequences maintain behavior.”  For that reason, he uses one-minute goal setting, one minute praising and one minute reprimands.

Scout-age girls and boys thrive on the one minute concept: they are not fond of too much abstract thinking, lengthy goal making or evaluation.

They know when they mess up, and expect to be corrected, but they can do without a lecture. They like goals that are succinct, understandable, reachable and measurable. If they don’t buy into the goals, they won’t be too excited about making them happen.

Naturally there will be mistakes. The one minute reprimand is only given for a significant mistake. It  is short, unemotional, specific. It emphasizes that the leader realizes the girl or boy is a good person capable of better things. The behavior is criticized, not the Scout.

The OMSL actively looks for opportunities to make one minute praisings. As with the reprimand, a girl or boy is told specifically what it was that he did to earn the praise, and how really good that makes the OMSL feel. Both praising and reprimanding are “up close and personal,” looking the Scout directly in the eye.

The young man attends one of the OMSL’s Troop meetings. He finds lots of girls and boys in Scout uniform engaged in some fun pre-opening activities. There are adults around, but they don’t seem to be involved in the action.

A sharp-looking thirteen year old introduces herself as Ronda, the Senior Patrol Leader. “So, you’ve met the Old Man,” she says.

“Yeah, the One-Minute Scoutmaster.  That’s a lotta bunk, isn’t it?”

“No way,” Ronda replies.  “Everybody thinks that at first, though!”

“Well,” responds the young man, “I guess you guys will have to prove it. What happens when the adults take charge of the meeting?”

“They don’t, the patrol leaders and I, along with some of the others run the meeting. Except in emergencies the adults never step in unless we ask or for one-minute praisings. He’ll have a time at the end of the meeting to leave us with a final thought. It’s . . . ”

“Don’t tell me it’s a One-Minute Scout Leader’s Minute!”

“You got it!  He never takes more than about ninety seconds to speak his piece.  He says if you can’t say it in two or three minutes, you haven’t thought enough about what you want to say,”  was the girl’s reply.

“Yeah, but he must have a lot to say to the boy leaders after the meeting, right?” the young man suggested.

“Not really,” Ronda said.  “There is a Patrol Leader’s Council meeting after every meeting. A short one. But we do almost all the talking. We review the meeting, note any foul-ups and check plans for the next meeting or activity. The Old Man only talks if he needs to give a One-Minute praising.”

“Aha!” said the young man.  “Or, no doubt, a One-Minute reprimand?”

“Those happen only in private.  He never reprimands us in front of each other because it makes you feel humiliated and resentful. The only reason for the reprimand is to get us to behave differently in the future.  He only criticizes the thing we did and not us and, since the reprimand ends with a praising . . . ”

“Just a minute.  He reprimands and praises you?  How does that work?”

The young man saw he still had a long way to go. “After he finishes telling you exactly what you did wrong, and how it makes him feel, and giving you a moment to feel how it feels, he tells you what a great person you are and how much he likes you, and you know it’s over.” Ronda’s admiration for the man showed in her face. “I only wish we could get the Old Man to teach all our teachers to do the same thing. A lot of them use what he calls the ‘gunny sack’ approach. They save up a lot of frustration–and boy do they get a lot of frustration–until they have enough to fill a sack! Then they just dump it all over everybody. The guilty and the innocent get punished or yelled at all together.

The young man was still puzzled. “Okay, let’s go back a minute. If you all do everything without the SL’s guidance, how do you know what to do at meetings and activities?”

“I thought you’d want to know that.” Ronda grinned. “It’s really simple. We know because we all sit down together and plan everything. We mostly come up with the program plan, but he provides the materials and some suggestions. But everybody has to agree on what we’re going to do, and everything we agree to gets written down. Everybody keeps a copy so that there’s no doubt later of who agreed to do what.

It takes a lot of work for us, but we get to do what we want to do, not what a bunch of adults think we should.”

“But you don’t get to do just anything do you?”

“Definitely not! Whatever we do  we have to convince the Old Man that it could be done without compromising health and safety standards, is consistent with the goals we have set and  that it was what everyone in the troop wanted and not just us.”

Ronda looked thoughtful. “I don’t think there’s any idea we couldn’t at least talk about. And when the talking was over, we would know whether it was a good idea and exactly why it was or wasn’t.”

These methods will go a long way towards maintaining a dynamic, happy Troop.

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Birkenhead Gang Show – 24th February 2017

Posted on November 15th, 2016 by admin

 Gaiety Theatre

Please pass the information to any leaders who:
– are not on Facebook
– do not read the manxscouts.com website
– were not represented at the recent GSL meeting
The producers & directors of the Birkenhead Gang Show spoke with a group of leaders recently and they started rehearsals in Birkenhead recently. Although they have a plan of what the Isle of Man cast members will be doing it will greatly depend on how many cast members there are. Although they could work with 2 or 3, more performers would give them much more scope. They would be in the opening and closing numbers as well.
 
The plan is for the director to come to the island for a weekend in December (date to finalised). Please contact Colin Brew, Janet McCabe or Gil Salway with the list of cast members or if you have any questions.
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What is required:

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Cast

A minimum of 2 members of each group, Cubs or Scouts, but can be more if they are keen to be part of it (Sorry no Beavers) and 2 Explorers per Unit.
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Crew

6 x Backstage – leaders/network members (over 18s only)
5 x Runners – these could be Explorers (we have 1 volunteer so far)
4 x Adult Dressers – female preferably (we have 3 volunteers so far)
6 x Front of House per performance (these could be Active Support members)
6 x Make Up
4 x Chaperones (over 18s only)
 
This is the desired numbers, they can work with a few less and they can always find roles for more if necessary. However they would prefer to sell any extras tickets and make the audience even bigger!
 
Cubs or Scouts who take part in the show as cast will qualify for their Entertainer Badge, any Explorers who are in the cast will get the Performing Arts Badge.

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Beaver Scouts’ 30th Anniversary Party

Posted on November 13th, 2016 by admin

Over one hundred Beaver Scouts from 1st Ballaugh, 1st Douglas Buggane, 1st Douglas Loaghtan, 1st Laxey, 2nd Onchan Tuesday, 2nd Onchan Thursday, 3rd Peel Tuesday, 3rd Peel Friday and 1st Santan joined together for a party to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the start of Beaver Scouting. This was held at Cronk Y Berry school on Sunday 23rd October.

During the afternoon the Beavers took part in various different activities such as paired indoor skiing; hockey penalties; ‘a Beaver in a reasonably priced car’; hoopla; whack the longtail; throwing bean bags into a beaver’s mouth; first aid and crafts. There were also games of head it catch it; the tube game; agility games and a bowls game.beaver30party-94

In addition, photos of Colonies and individual Beavers were taken alongside Shaun the Sheep which had been loaned for the afternoon by the Isle of Man Post Office.

What's a birthday without caes

What’s a birthday without cakes

After a refreshment break, the Beavers gathered together in one very large circle for a massive ‘pass the parcel’ game where several parcels were passed around simultaneously. After this there was a game of musical statues. Adam, a member of 5th Douglas Scouts provided the music for these games.

Everyone had a great time and the afternoon finished with every Beaver Scout and Leader being presented with a special 30th Anniversary Beaver woggle. All Beavers, Leaders and helpers also received cupcakes which were decorated with 30th Anniversary designs. These had been created by Debbie Cubbon a former Beaver Leader at 1st Marown. In addition each Colony collected specially designed cards which had been very kindly produced by the Isle of Man Post Office to celebrate the Anniversary. These cards will be written by the Beavers at future Colony meetings and then posted to someone to share the Anniversary celebration.

For lots of photos from the party visit the photo gallery.

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Scouts Rescue Dogs 

Posted on November 12th, 2016 by MarkIOM

Who let the dogs out…

Baden Powell once said “The good turn will educate the boy out of the groove of selfishness, and it could be said that his words are still ringing true to this day.

Yesterday I attempted an excavation for a key that was behind the sofa for an old bike lock, however, I’m not sure that’s what Lord Baden was referring to exactly. Earlier this weekend a group of 2nd Onchan scouts were hiking across Baldwin as part of their camp at Ard Whallin. The 8 scouts came acrosss two Golden Retriever dogs, Taffy and Nala whilst hiking over the baron terrain.

The dogs were clearly on their own. With no tags and no owner in sight the scouts decided the best thing to do was take them back to Ard whallin for the evening. Upon arriving back at the campsite the scouts quickly went about contacting the dogs owners from a Facebook appeal.

At this point,  I think my quest for the bike key became redundant.

Andrew, a leader, described the pair as “lovely, friendly and the scouts loved them.” Taffy and Nala were reunited with their owners the same night; all thanks to the scouts ingenuity.


It’s events like this that shows Baden Powell’s legacy still lives on throughout all levels of scouting. Society can learn that if we show care for each other, a good deed in a day can make for a better individual in the long run. A recent study by the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow found that adults with a Scouting background were less likely to be anxious or depressed in later life. Scouting teaches young people resilience and respect: skills which can be used throughout adulthood. Whether it’s rescuing dogs or a Beaver on their first night away from home, we can all take something from ‘Baden Powells legacy’

Now, I think I’ve lost that key again…
Mark O’Connor

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UK Chief Commissioner’s visit & Christmas party

Posted on November 8th, 2016 by admin

As you may know the UK Chief Commissioner, Tim Kidd, will be visiting the Island for the Peace Light Service on the 17th December. In the evening we will be having a Christmas party for all Leaders, Supporters, Network members and Explorers. This will be a great opportunity to chat with Tim as he is really keen to hear your views and what you get up to. It will also be a great opportunity to meet up with fellow leaders and celebrate another great year of Scouting on the Island.

Date: Saturday 17th December, 7:30pm
Location: 1st Malew Scout Hall, Mill Road, Ballasalla.

Please can everyone bring a plate of food for the buffet and if you would like to join in with Secret Santa bring a long a small gift, maximum £3, that would be suitable for anyone (remember there will be under 18s present).

I am keen for Tim to see how amazing Scouting is on the Island so I challenge Explorer Units and Network (and even Leaders if you want) to make a short video entitled – ‘Why i.Scout’. Think outside the box for this one, there will be a prize for the best video!

Look forward to seeing you there,

Izzy Dorman
Island Youth Commissioner

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Developing Friendship 

Posted on October 25th, 2016 by MarkIOM

The ‘Jamboree Blues’ are over

It’s now over a year since I embarked on an adventure of a lifetime, the 2015 World Scout Jamboree, in Japan. With just over 40,000 scouts and guides on site there was plenty chance to interact  and understand different faiths and cultures; geographical and social borders were non existent over the three week period.

Making friendships while I was at the jamboree was amazing, giving me memories that will last a lifetime but, inevitably time moves on and so do people. Unit 56 from Merseyside of whom I travelled with are a close-nit bunch who still all keep in contact via social media.

Unit 56 on the Bullet Train

I don’t think I’ll ever experience freindship like this again with both my peers and the leaders involved. After the jamboree finished we have had many meetings such as camps and meals; It’s clear to see that the friendship is still strong. As our leader Rich would say “It’s quality”.

The jamboree doesn’t necessarily end when it officially ends. In the words of the late Freddie Mercury ‘the show must go on’. I’m a firm believer that friendship can take many forms and start from all sorts of places. Perhaps one person I’ve formed a close freindship with is Frankie.

On the jamboree site

On the jamboree site

It’s a scary thought that if I never applied for the jamboree, I would have never met some of the soundest people ever!

“Friendship knows no boundaries”

Walks to the Lake District

I’ve been on many adventures with Frankie; mountain climbing to mowing the lawn – the list seemingly endless. I loved every minute and I hope for future Jamboree participants that they can have amazing freindships that I’ve been lucky enough to have.

Mark


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Helpers and Supporters Not Covered by Scout Insurance

Posted on October 13th, 2016 by admin

If the helpers are injured in an accident themselves, they will not be covered under the Association’s Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Scheme (as with any member of the public involved in a Scouting activity).

Unity, Scout insurance service, recommends that Scout Groups buy extra cover for individuals who help out by adding them to the Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Scheme, and can arrange this for you.

This can cover non-members associated with your Group, such as helpers and instructors.

There are no differences in terms of the cover or level of benefits for Members and non-members covered under their separate policies.

Benefits are payable if an insured helper sustains bodily injury as a result of an accident which results in permanent injury or death. In addition to this, benefits are also provided if a member or insured helper sustains temporary disability as a result of an accident or illness contracted and diagnosed whilst staying away from home at any organised camp.

Cover is also provided for medical expenses as a result of an accident and cover for up to two relatives or friends who, on medical advice, are required to travel to and remain with the member or insured helper if they are hospitalised away from home.

Visit Unity’s website https://www.scoutinsurance.co.uk/cover_personal_accident.html where you can find details of the additional coverage recommended.

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Peace Light Returns To the Island

Posted on October 4th, 2016 by admin

Once again The Peace Light is being brought to the Island. This year the Lieutanant Governor and Tim Kidd (the new Chief Commissioner of the UK (The Scout Association)) will be attending.

Peace Light BadgeRepresentatives of The Scout Association and Guiding in the Isle of Man will be travelling away and bring the Peace Light back to the Island. We are looking for 1 Scout, 1 Sea Scout, 1 Explorer, 1 Guide and 1 Senior Section.

We will travel out on Monday 12th December and return on Wednesday 14th December.

There is no cost involved, but refundable deposit of £50 is required which is returned on Sunday 18th December IF they attend the bag pack in the big Shoprite in Peel to raise money for the trip.

The young people picked will have the honour of representing the Island and receive an Island scarf, special woggle, hoodie and T-shirt.
They are expected to sell candles in St. Helens, return the Light via the Steam Packet and have several duties at the Service at St. Matthews, Douglas.

The young people must be aged 13+ and will enjoy an evening bowling at a local amusement arcade with local Scouts plus a day in Liverpool before their official duties begin.

The trip is classed as a school visit so no absences are recorded from school.
Please forward nominees to Julie Leece ASAP so the selection process can begin.

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1st Santan & 1st Malew Beavers at Mullin ny Carty

Posted on October 4th, 2016 by admin

img_2070On Thursday 29th September both Beaver Colonies held a joint meeting at Mullin ny Carty this was the opportunity for each beaver colony to meet new people and for leaders to interact with different leaders and colonies. The evening kicked off with the beavers scavenging for wood to make a fire with. Beavers and Leaders ran off gleefully to get suitable wood and to build a fire.

The Beavers were then asked how to make a fire they have lots of answers with how to do it and we tried different methods until one worked ????.

Whilst the fire grew the Beavers went to attempt the blind fold trail, working in pairs to help guide them the worked together to get round the tricky route with out falling over.

Once completed the Beavers returned to their fire to see that Henry of 1st Malew had looked after it and made it resemble something of a fire ????.

The Beavers then sat round the camp fire. They learnt about fire safety & what to do and then had the opportunity to roast marshmallows over the fire, everyone enjoyed it (with the help of the leaders).

A lot of fun was had by all and a huge thank you must go to Wendy Corkill of 1st Santan cubs for organising it. Hopefully this won’t be last time the two colonies join together for activities and 1st Santan would love to hear from other colonies who wish to join them in activities.

See more photos of the evening in the photo gallery.

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Cubs 100 Promise Party on 16th December

Posted on October 2nd, 2016 by admin

The official birthday of Cubs is widely seen as the 16th of December. This was the day in 1916 when the Wolf Cubs were launched. It would be a great end to the year if everyone could remake their Promise at 19:16 (7:16pm) on this date.

Cubs Scouts from across the Island are having their Promise Party at Ballakermeen High School, in the new canteen. They’ll be watching the recent Jungle Book film. As everyone in Cubbing should know, the Jungle Book has been an important part of Cubs since it was started 100 years ago.

The party will run from 6:15-9:00. There will be popcorn (can’t have a movie without popcorn), a drink and there will be a Cubs 100th birthday cake.

The information and permission form can be downloaded here.

Parent/Guardian Letter
Permission Form

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