Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Scoutcraft - Giving Them Charge

Once the Scout understands what his honour is and has, by his initiation, been put upon his honour, the Scoutmaster must entirely trust him to do things. You must show him by your action that you consider him a responsible being. Give him charge of something, whether temporary or permanent, and expect him to carry out his charge faithfully. Don't keep prying to see how he does it. Let him do it his own way, let him come a
howler over it if need be, but in any case leave him alone and trust him to do his best. 
Giving responsibility is the key to success with boys, especially with the rowdiest and most difficult boys. 
The object of the Patrol System is mainly to give real responsibility to as many of the boys as possible with a view to developing their character. If the Scoutmaster gives his Patrol Leader real power, expects a great deal from him, and leaves him a free hand in carrying out his work, he will have done more for that boy's character-expansion than any amount of school-training could ever do. And the Court of Honour is a most valuable aid to this same end if fully made use of.

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