I wanted to do a follow-up to a blog post that I wrote in January about our TLT. It’s about time for another TLT session, because we hold them within a month after each troop election. It helps to refresh the Scouts who were on the last PLC, and obviously, help the new Scouts find their way.
This time, it’s a bit different.
On the way back from NYLT, I had the chance to talk with the SPL. Given that it was a 3 hour ride home, we had plenty to talk about. One of the things that came up was TLT. We know that it needed to be done, but there have been a lot of scheduling conflicts that have prevented us from having TLT in a timely manner. So, knowing that we had to get it done, I asked James he wanted me to do it.
“Let’s plan for the morning of the mini-golf outing. We can have it in the morning, then go mini-golfing in the afternoon,” he replied.
“Ok, sounds good. Other than tweaking the PowerPoint a little bit, I will take care of it” I said.
“No, if you don’t mind, I would like to do it. I think that it would mean more if they hear it from me.”
Wow, awesome to hear, I thought. I wondered what in the hell this NYLT did to him!
As we talked more and more, he thought that the troop’s mission statement needed some tweaking, and with that, redefining our values. He also believes that we need to be more timely on everything, and have a lot more organization.
These are some excellent traits that we want to see in our leaders, and I am excited to see where James’ and his PLC lead him.
On the same note, my oldest son attended NYLT. As the conversation in the car carried on, he had plenty to add to the conversation. He used those phrases and words that we, as adults, learned in Woodbadge…Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, EDGE, SMART, EAR and SSC to name a few. He has great aspirations for the troop, also, and is even looking at taking on a larger role in the troop, such as ASPL or even running for SPL in the next election.
With that said, the things that I heard really enforce what I had already known. I trust them, they are trained, it’s time for them to lead.