Scout Master Minute

Zombies!

I was asked to share my SM Minutes with the Scouts so I figured this was a good place. At work there was a message titled "Lessons from the Walking Dead". I was intrigued and saw that these lessons could easily be applied to Scouting. Boys and zombies is a no-brainer (pun intended)!

1  Make difficult decisions in a timely manner

Walking Dead:  If there is a zombie approaching you and you wait to decide what to do, the zombie may eat you

Scouting: If someone is in need of First Aid, do not hesitate; apply the necessary remedy and then look in the book; It helps if you practice your skills and can apply them without needing guidance.


2  Always double check

WD:  Countless times people forget that they're in the zombie apocalypse and do stupid things like forget to lock the door.

S:  Is that camp fire out? Really out or does it just look out? can you put your hand on it? Fire is a wonderful tool but a dangerous foe.

3  Learn a variety of skills

WD:  People who survive are the ones with a bunch of useful skills: first aid, marksmanship, tracking, building shelter and fire

S:  uh, it's the same

4  Simple tools are often the most useful

WD:  Firearms make a lot of noise (attracting zombies) and run out of ammo. People think new tools and technologies solve all our problems but they come with their own issues.

S:  What tools do Scouts really need to make a camp fire, not chainsaws and magnesium bars.. proper planning, careful gathering and judicious work can make a cheery fire.

5  Don't be complacent

WD:  The characters find a safe place and spend a bit of time and effort securing it BUT become complacent and zombies get in.

S:  Are my lashings tight and secure or just "good enough"? Should I really climb that tower we built without re-checking?

6  Know who to partner with

WD:  It is important to recognize that there are important differences in our approaches to, and specific authorities pursuing that mission. Learning about those we can increase our understanding and lessen the difficulties partnering to accomplish that mission.

S:  ditto: New Scout really need the guidance and mentorship of older and more experienced Scouts. By learning the skills well and correctly they gain confidence and become productive members of the Troop.

7  Be wary of things that seem too good to be true

WD:  After losing their secure home the characters find the 'perfect' new safe area until they realize the people there want to eat them.

S:  Those ripe berries just on the edge of camp are safe to eat.. right? or not, :(  The weather man said there was NO chance of rain; we don't need our rain gear...

8  It is never too early to prepare your team, and give them the tools they need

WD:  Never underestimate the newer members of your team, give them thte information, training and tools they need. They don't have preconcieved notions so can often ask insightful questions and challenge conventional wisdom.

S:  Couldn't have said that better.  Help the new Scouts, use the EDGE method, learn (yourself) by training.

9  Manage your stress

WD:  Rick, bearing the mantle of leadership and blundering from crisis to crisis starts to have a nervous breakdown and becomes even more useless.

S:  Sometimes we need to step back, Leadership is done by a team: SPL/ASPL and every PL (much like SM & ASMs with Committee support). If you take it all upon yourself, it will pile up quickly and soon overwhelm you.

10  Find joy in the little things

WD:  The characters in the "Walking Dead" are in a constant state for survival, they live their lives not knowing if they'll last another day or week.

S:  Our situation isn't really bleak but even in trying times (cold, wet, long hike) there are rainbows, stories, jokes, and experiences to gain.. A Scout is Cheerful! What do you do to find joy in your Scouting experience? Ralph Waldo Emerson — 'Life is a journeynot a destination.'