BE-KNOW-DO

The youth leader training courses are built around the slogan Be-Know-Do, which serves as the building blocks for all three courses.

"Be" encompasses many of the values of Scouting. The course modules focus on ethical decision making as well as how a Scout can and must put the team's needs before his own needs. The courses are designed to motivate the Scouts to follow a life of helping others succeed based on the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Law. Youth members are taught to strive to be servant leaders—a term that encompasses the concept of others-first leadership. The youths learn to care about others and to help them succeed.

"Know" describes the information that the Scout needs to successfully fill his leadership position. This includes not only the nuts and bolts of the position and its expectations, but what he needs to know about his team and himself in addition to the skills of teaching and leading. The Know skills include such topics as learning about others so that he knows the needs of his team members. A patrol leader who seeks to serve knows his patrol members well enough to help them succeed.

"Do" provides the youths with a vast set of skills to be effective in his position by employing the skills in the leadership skills toolbox. These how-to skills include communication, problem solving, planning, and resolving conflict. How do they create a vision, goals, and plans to effectively get a task done well? How can they use the Start, Stop, Continue method for assessing progress and delivering feedback in a nonthreatening and highly effective manner? How do they determine the stage of their team's development so as to most properly use the Leading EDGE(TM) to guide their progress? How do they resolve conflict and communicate effectively? These are the skills that are taught in the youth leadership training continuum.

The youths are encouraged to practice their new skills after their training. Reminders of what they were taught are well-captured in the memory tips card, which lists the toolbox of leadership skills.

The memory tips card is a great resource for adults as well, for use in both their Scouting roles and at home or work. Adults should get feedback from the youths who attend the training about their experience and have the youths explain how they can best use their new skills, including an explanation of the leadership tools. This reinforces the lessons for the youths and allows them to share their new knowledge with their parents and adult leaders. Adults need to encourage the youths to use their skills in the troop environment and in their day-to-day lives so that they will improve and eventually master the skills that they learned.