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Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) August 28, 2010 Capitol Area Council

Objective of ILSC • Give youth a clearer picture of how their position fits in the Crew • Help youth understand how they make a difference • Give youth additional tools and ideas for their role as leader

ILSC Module One – Unit Organization • • • •

All officers (elected or appointed) attend Held as close to elections as possible Give an introduction to ILSC course Show how ILSC fits into continuum of Training • Discuss Crew Organization & officer responsibilities • Games to reinforce leadership skills • Introduction to “Vision”

Purpose of ILSC • Provide a foundation of unit level leadership skills that every leader should know • Provide consistent look and feel between youth training programs – Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing, Sea Scouts, Exploring

Continuum of Youth Training Unit




National Youth Leadership Training - NYLT • • • • • •

6 day course Venturers (including female) can now attend Must complete ILSC & have Advisor's recommendation Provide youth skills to become an effective unit leader Great program to build units leaderships Youth put on program – Encourage graduates to attend NAYLE to run future NYLT courses

• Course is built around the life of a unit (Troop/Crew) during typical month – 3 Unit (Troop/Crew) Mtgs representing the first 3 weeks in a month • Covers: Planning, Leadership Meeting, unit meeting, planning for larger event • Meetings examples to make interesting, lively & relevant • Leadership requires: Vision, Goals & Planning

– 4th week - big campout

• Youth have a LOT of FUN

National Advance Youth Leadership Experience - NAYLE • National Training presented at the national level – Taught at Philmont

• • • • • • • •

6 day course Expand on what learned in NYLT Venturers (including female) can now attend Personal written commitment to apply Skill, ability, & motivation to be a dynamic/effective leader Uses elements of the Philmont Ranger Training Uses advanced Search & Rescue skills Teaches leadership, teamwork and the lessons of selfless service • Unforgettable backcountry wilderness experience • Develops leadership & teamwork skills

Crew Officer Positions - Common •

President – Conducts meetings – Supervises officers – Represents crew

Vice President of Administration – Manages membership and advancement records – Leads membership recruitment (including supervising Crew Guides and Den Chiefs) – Responsible for the crew in the President’s absence

Vice President of Program – Plans calendar – Supervises Activity Chairs – Provides meeting program

Secretary (sometimes known as Vice President of Communications) – Manages communication tools (Webmaster) – Maintains crew records (Historian/minutes)

Treasurer (sometimes known as Vice President of Finance) – Oversees crew money earning – Accounts for crew funds and property (inc. Quartermaster and Librarian)

Activity Chair – Appointed by Crew President and Vice President of Program – Responsible for planning and execution of specific activity

Crew Officer Positions - other •

• • • •

Crew Guide – Appointed by Crew President and Vice President of Administration – Liaison to any membership resource pool (Troop, Team, Club, Post, Crew, etc.) – Mentor and host to new Venturers Quartermaster – Appointed by Crew President and Treasurer – Maintains crew property (including storage, inventory, maintenance, and acquisition) Historian – Appointed by Crew President and Secretary – Creates, preserves, and shares records (news, photos, videos, memorabilia) Webmaster (example of the kind of leadership positions a crew might define for itself) – Appointed by Crew President and Secretary – Maintains the crew website, and any e-tools used by the crew Librarian (example of the kind of leadership positions a crew might define for itself) – Appointed by Crew President and Treasurer – Establishes crew library – Maintains system to check literature in and out Den Chief – Appointed by Crew President and Vice President of Administration – Assists Cub Scout Den Leader to operate den – Liaison to Cub Scout den Crew Member – Participates in meetings and activities – Periodically serves as Activity Chair – Recruits new members

Adult Positions – most visible • Crew Advisor – – – – –

Upholds chartered organization and BSA standards Mentor and role model for Venturers Works with Crew President Facilitates training for officers Supervises Associate Advisors

• Associate Advisor – Assists Crew Advisor – Works with assigned Officer

• Consultant (may or may not be a Scouter; may be a professional for hire) – Recruited by Crew Committee for a specific activity – Assists Activity Chair in planning and executing a specific activity or activities

Adult Positions – less visible • Committee Chair – Supervises Advisor and Committee Members – Recruits and approves Advisors and Committee Members

• Committee Member – Serve as resource to crew – Work with assigned officer – Recruits consultants

• Chartered Organization Representative – Liaison between crew and chartering organization – Recruits crew committee; approves Advisors and Committee Members – Participates in district leadership

• Institutional Head or Executive Officer – Head of Chartering Organization (may or may not be a Scouter)

Venturing Crew Organization President


Vice President Administration

Associate Advisor Administration

Vice President Program Treasurer

Associate Advisor Program

Committee Chair

Crew Committee Treasurer

Consultants Secretary Activity Chairs

Sponsoring Organization

Vision • vision is critical to success in any job or project • Knowing what success looks like to see if you reach it • A crew’s vision is something developed & shared by all members – Identifies where the Crew is “going” – What it wants to accomplish

• Vision more thoroughly in Module 3 – Think about a vision of success in your new job, as well as that for the crew.

Balloon Toss Write responsibilities to run crew on balloons • •

Hand balloon to President one at a time How many can he handle?

Balloon Toss - continued Write responsibilities to run crew on balloons • •

Hand balloon to President one at a time How many can he handle?

Add all your officers to the exercise • Hand balloon to President one at a time • President hands balloons to right officer • How many can the team handle?

Balloon Toss - continued

Reflection What did we learn?

Youth-Led Crew • Discussion: Briefly discuss leadership in Venturing and in Scouting and the value of the youth led crew

Yurt Circle game • Must have an even number of participants • Join hands and expand the circle outward to arm’s length • Spread their feet to shoulder width • Count off by twos • SLOWLY: – (without bending at the waist and without moving their feet) – "ones" to lean in toward the center of the circle – "twos" to lean out

• Now reverse lean - SLOWLY

Yurt Circle game - continued

Reflection What did we learn?

Crew Officer’s Meeting • Discussion: Discuss the Officer’s Meeting in your crew

Helium Stick game • 2 lines facing each other–arm’s length apart • Hold out 2 index fingers at chest height • Place a light rigid stick on the fingers (tent pole, bamboo, PVC,…) – No grasping stick or curling fingers

• Absolutely critical not to loose contact with stick • Now lower stick to the ground as a group

Helium Stick - continued

Reflection What did we learn?

Leadership • Discussion: Ask the Venturers to define leadership

Leadership - contined Did you cover? • Teamwork • Using each other’s strengths • Not trying to do it all yourself • Doing what you said you’d do • Being reliable • Keeping each other informed • Being responsible • Caring for others • Delegating • Setting the example • Praising in public; criticizing in private • Leading yourself

Key Leader Attributes • • • • • • • • • •

Keep Your Word Be Fair to all Be a Good Communicator Be Flexible Be Organized Delegate Set an Example Be Consistent Give Praise Ask for Help

Willow in the Wind game • Stand shoulder to shoulder in a circle • One person (the "faller") standing rigid – (arms crossed with elbows on chest and fingertips at shoulders) and trusting in the center – Remaining rigid – Center person falls slowly in any direction

• Circle people redirect the faller's impetus to another arc of the circle. • Continue in a gentle fashion until the center person is relaxing (but remaining rigid) • Change Venturers in the center until everyone has had an opportunity.

Wind in the Willow-continue

Reflection What did we learn?

ILSC Module Two Tools of the Trade • Three Core Topics –Communications –Planning –Trainer’s EDGE

ILSC - Communications • Discussion

Sende r


Receive r

• Game/Reflection – Telephone Game

• Game/Reflection – The Whole Picture

Telephone Game • Get in a straight line (ideally 6-10 people) • Leader will whisper a phrase in the first ear • Each person will whisper the next when he heard • Last person will tell everyone what he heard

Telephone Game - Continued


What did we learn?

The Whole Picture Game • Leader looks one of the sample pictures • Each student has paper & pencil • Leader crisply tells each student what to draw • At the end, everyone shares pictures including leader what he was describing

The Whole Picture Game Continued


What did we learn?

Planning • • • •

Is really just thinking ahead Ask questions Come up with answers The more questions and answers you come up with ahead of time, the smoother the activity will go

Service Project Exercise On a Saturday, six weeks from now, the Crew will conduct a service project at a local city park. The project involves: • Installing 50 feet of Split rail fence around a tree (to protect it) • Removing old plants and undergrowth from a nearby area (approximately 500 square feet in area) • Laying down weed block in the cleared area • Spreading six cubic yards of mulch in the area just cleared and under the fenced in tree • Planting 15-20 small plants and shrubs in a small garden in a third area nearby

Service Project Exercise • Lay out plans for Service Project –22 people –3 projects –Plan what equipment needed –How to get, use & allocation people

Service Project - Continued


What did we learn?

Edge • Four Step Process –Explain –Demonstrate –Guide –Enable

Use EDGE in one of: • • • • •

How to build/fold a paper airplane How to properly fold the US flag How to tie a knot How to perform a basic first aid activity How to toss a small object into a coffee can from a short distance • How to properly lace up a hiking boot (or tie a shoe)

Edge - Continued Reflection

What did we learn?

ILSC Module 3 – Leadership & Teamwork • Discussion of Teams & Stages of Development

• Review & discuss Venturing Oath & Law • Game/Reflect – Integrity

• Conclusion - Be a Servant Leader • Vision • Course Wrap-up

Teams • Discussion: What do we mean by “teams”? • Teams can be a temporary or permanent –Give examples of each in your Crew

• Teams work for a common goal

Effective Teams • Common Purpose • Interdependence • Appropriate Roles, Structure & Process

• Leadership and Competence • Team Climate

• Performance Standards • Clarity and Understanding of Boundaries

Stages of Team Development

• Discussion: –Stages of teams same as individuals –Teams have natural ups & downs –For new leaders, 2 important factors: • Skill level & enthusiasm

Stages of Team Development • Starting out (skills are low; enthusiasm is high) • Becoming discouraged (skills and enthusiasm are low) • Making progress (skills and enthusiasm are rising) • Finding success (skills and enthusiasm are high)

Stages of Team Development

• Discussion: How can a leader assist their team through these Stages of Team Development?

Inclusion • Discussion: –Why is it important to get everyone involved? –Does everyone bring the same skill & perspective? –How can you leverage each team member?

Potato Game • Distribute one uncooked baking potato to each participant. • Take a minute to get to know their potato. • Introduce their potato to the group, pointing out its unique size, shape, and other characteristics • Collect all potatoes in a bag • Redistribute one potato to each person • Everyone try to find their own original potato

Potato Game-continue

Reflection What did we learn?

Venturing Oath Discuss each phrase

As a Venturer, I promise to do my duty to God

and help strengthen America, to help others, and

to seek truth, fairness, and adventure in our world.

Venturing Code As a Venturer, I believe that America’s strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people. I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life. I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it. I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life.

I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks the truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.

A Venturing Leader is: • • • • • •

Trustworthy Loyal Helpful Friendly Courteous Kind

• • • • • •

Obedient Cheerful Thrifty Brave Clean Reverent

Integrity Game Part 2 • Hopefully you did Part 1 at the beginning of the module • Count how many cookies/candies • Did each student only take up to 2 pieces? • Truth is key in leadership positions

Integrity Game Reflection

What did we learn?

Servant Leadership (Advisor leads this section)

• Discussion: lead a discussion of why Venturers should choose to be leaders

Servant Leadership • Need to Listen • Achieve Consensus • Set/Maintain Standards • Serve their Customer

Servant Leadership (Advisor leads this section)

Reflection What did we learn?

Crew’s Vision • Take this time to write or review your Crew’s Vision • How will you use what you learned in this course to your Crew’s benefit

ILSC Wrap-Up • Congratulations on your new position • Thank you for attending today

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