By Clarke Green
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Scoutmaster Clarke Green lends an experienced hand to Scout leaders using a straight-forward, often humorous approach.
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 351 Nettlesome Scouting Problems||Some Scouting problems are just nettlesome… … they aren’t discipline problems, or particularly disruptive, just nettlesome, irritating, like stinging nettles. Everyone thinks it’s the Scoutmaster’s responsibility to fix nettlesome Scouting pr||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 350 Scouting Charters||Who “owns” the pack, troop or crew? Scouting Charters are held by a chartering organization owns all of the assets of a Scout unit. As for whether or not they will dictate how the money is spent; the chartered organization is responsible to make s||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 349 – Scout Contracts?||Should we ask Scouts to sign “leadership contracts”? A couple of decades ago I tried Scout contracts, it was a mistake. I guess at the time that I would teach my Scouts a thing or two and demand that that sign a Scout contract before they took on a r||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 348 – Who Leads Scout Leaders?||If the Scouts are leading themselves who is leading the Scout leaders? This week I’ll field a couple of email questions that ask the question “who leads the Scout leaders?” Scouting is a team sport, while we all work to build consensus it’s not a||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 347 – Scouting is an Iterative Process||You’ve used an iterative process before … … whether you know it or not. Iteration means trying something out in a slightly or wholly different way if it does not succeed when first tried. I have some email questions to answer this week and one got m||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 346 – On The Appalachian Trail Again||Another visit with our favorite through hikers … … from a third of the way through their quest to complete the 2000 mile Appalachian Trail. Wade “Nutshoe” Bastain, Bucky “No Name, Buckminster” Kellorg, and their fellow Eagle Scout and hiking||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 345- Active Scouts and Scouters||We encourage active Scouts a number of ways … … but at the heart of the matter there’s only two things that make a difference, and I’ll discuss those two key points in this week’s podcast. The same things that make active Scouts can help us||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 344 – Patrols and Schedules||Personal schedules are just one of the things that affect a Scout patrol … … and we can’t do things as if it were 10 years ago, much less 100. One of our challenges as Scouters (and human beings) is adapting to change while maintaining our goals a||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 343 – Scout Advancement Questions||Scout advancement questions are often easy to answer … … if you simply take things at face value. It’s actually all pretty easy to understand. Problems arise when Scouters don’t challenge their own assumptions after they have read the requireme||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 342 – Recruiting Scouts||There are two ways of recruiting Scouts that actually work … … and I’ve have tried just about everything, special meetings, special trips, flyers, etc. None of those things has ever netted us one single new Scout.||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 341 – Leadership, Asking, and Telling||Telling has limited usefulness in developing youth leadership … … asking is what really gets things moving along. This week I’ll explain how to ask questions in exchange for offering advice or telling Scouts how to do things.||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 340 – On the Appalachian Trail Again||Another visit with two Eagle Scouts on the Appalachian Trail … We visit, once again, with Bucky Kellorg and Wade Bastian as they make their way north along the Appalachian Trail. We’ll see how things are going , talk about gear,||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 339 – Service Rank Requirements||Service Rank Requirements are one thing… .. but helping other people at all times is a key concept we hope to build into our Scouts lives. To make that happen we have to look beyond the requirements. Scouts discovering what service means,||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEagles on the Appalachian Trail – Podcast 338||This should be fun! This week there’s no deep dive into policies, no procedural advice or philosophizing, just a conversation with two of my old Eagle Scouts who headed out for a hike last week. Bucky Kellorg and Wade Bastian join me from their “zero||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 337 – Scouts and Money||We ended up drawing a kind of dividing line … … between adult and Scout responsibilities, and it has a lot to do with Scouts and money. In this podcast, in answer to a listener’s question, I’ll discuss how we decided who would be responsible for S||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 336 | One Sentence Scouter Job Description||I am often asked … “How do I get my troop’s adult volunteers to use the patrol method?” I’ll answer that question with a one sentence Scouter job description. Over the past decade of writing the blog at Scoutmastercg.||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 335 | The Opportunity Business||I have had plenty of Scouts seize the opportunity to be cold, wet, and miserable… … but that usually only happens once or twice, then they learn not to be cold and miserable. When it’s raining they have the opportunity to take your word for it a||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 334 – Do Parents Understand Scouting?||How well do Parents understand Scouting? Should we expect them to? Most of us didn’t understand it either for our first two or three laps around the track. There’s an understanding that comes with having things explained,||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 333 Scout Parents||Do you have quarterly Scout parent meetings? I’ll answer an email question about parent’s meetings in this podcast. On our quarterly Scout parent meetings that include a court of honor. Everyone arrives at about 7PM,||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 332 – Shared Expectations||It is our responsibility to assure there’s a shared expectation… … and our Scouts understand them. Scout aged children are not going to interpret gentle reminders, they’d prefer to have to have things clearly spelled out. They are literalists,||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRules and Scouting Ideals – Podcast 331||We aren’t working to control the conduct of young people. We have a greater challenge; to form their character as defined in the Scout oath and law. Are the Scouting ideals in the Scout oath and law a code of conduct? Is it an ideology?||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 330 – A Scoutmaster is not…||A Scoutmaster is not… … the boss of a company and youth leadership are not employees we discipline or hire and fire. A Scoutmaster is not a commanding officer and Scouts are not soldiers who can be disciplined for “conduct unbecoming” a Scout,||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 329 – Merit Badges||There’s always more questions about merit badges… … then I have useful answers because the vast majority of problems with merit badges are structural rather than procedural. But I hate missing an opportunity for a good, old fashioned rant.||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 328 – Carts and Horses||If things aren’t moving along the problem may be obvious… .. like our understanding of the relationship between the program, advancement, and positions of responsibility. The Scouting program is there, ready to go, but it can’t go on it’s own can||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 327- Scouts on probation?||Thank you for your patience and support… … over the past several weeks I’ve been away. I’ll explain the situation in the introduction to this week’s podcast. In addition I’ll spend some time addressing two major questions raised by a recent e||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 326 – Advice for the Senior Patrol Leader||My son was frustrated, decided to change troops, and was elected senior patrol leader in his new troop. The Scoutmaster is a man of good intentions but with a commanding presence. Over time he has taken to leading himself because it’s easier and less||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 325 – Email Answers||I hope you had a great summer… The picture for this week’s podcast is one of my favorite campsites on Proulx lake in Ontario Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park. We took twenty people in three crews this year and had a great time. I am glad to be b||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScouting’s Future – Scoutmaster Podcast 324||In an often pessimistic world Scouting’s future is inherently optimistic. Scouting is greater than a hedge against the perilous future, or a return to a storied past. We typically associate the future with technological advances.||7/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 323 – Scout Camp!||Scout camp is a privilege, an opportunity, and an obligation. We get just so many great good places in life, and one of my favorites is our Scout camp. The history, names, stories and traditions are specific to our camp,||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 322 – Youth Engagement||Scouting is something Scouts do for themselves … … rather than a program of activities presented for them. This week I’ll discuss the way Scouts should be engaged in leading one another, in making decisions affecting what they do and how it is done.||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 321- Brownsea Island Moment||21 boys boarded a boat in Poole Harbor… … they had no way of knowing they were pioneering a movement for millions of young people around the world. Several lived well into old age to vividly recount their experiences decades later.||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScoutmaster Podcast 320 – The Garden||Scouting needs gardeners more than managers or officers. Scouting isn’t the science of management or military discipline, it’s much more like a garden. Gardeners prepare the ground, plant the seed, keep the weeds away,||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 319 – Scoutmaster Conferences & More||Are Scoutmaster’s Conferences a retest? Can assistant Scoutmasters do them? This week we’ll catch up on listener email by answering these questions and more. When it comes to Scoutmaster conferences they are explained unambiguously in teh Guide to||6/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 318 – Troop Leader Guidebook Vol. 2 PART TWO||No 11-year-old boy joins Scouting to get his character developed… … and few boys join to attend troop meetings, wear the Scout uniform, or sit before boards of review. Instead, they sign up for fun and adventure.||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 317 – Troop Leader Guidebook Vol. 2 PART ONE||What is the ninth method of Scouting? Author Mark Ray begins the second volume of the Troop Leader Guidebook with these words; Back when you first attended Scout leader training, you learned that Boy Scouting has eight methods: adult association,||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 316 – Scouting is Discovery||What has a Mesoamerican Step Pyramid got to do with this? Today I want to talk about leadership, but I want to see if I can get you to come along with me and really examine what this means in Scouting. Leadership in Scouting is based on discovery.||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 315 – Outdoor Leadership||I want to share a great source for developing your skills! Outdoor leadership is different. What works at a Troop meeting or in the boardroom does not always translate well on a week-long backpacking or canoeing trip.||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
As a new Cub Scout leader, I've found the first two episodes to be entertaining, well-produced, and REALLY useful. It's really top-notch podcast (in general and for Scouting). Every bit as good as you would expect if you read Clarke's blog. Thanks!
THE best Boy Scout Podcast Period
Mr. Green has 25 years of Scoutmaster experience, and it shows. As a soon-to-be-Scoutmaster, this is just the kind of thoughtful discussion I was looking for. Very well produced, very thoughtful, and all about the boys (as it should be). Thanks, Mr. Green!!
Fun and Informative!
From the opening jokes, scoutmastership in seven minutes..or less?, entertaining anecdotes to the closing words from our founder the Scoutmaster Podcast delivers the promise of fun with a purpose in a fun, entertaining and informative podcast! download it and enjoy the show!