The Joining or Scout Scoutmaster Conference

  • What did you like about Cub Scouting
  • What do you think you will like about Boy Scouting
  • Do you have any brothers or sisters?
  • What are your interests outside of Scouting?
  • Why did you join our troop?
  • Do you have any questions about Boy Scouting or the troop?
  • What does the Scout Oath mean to you? The Scout Law?
  • You should explain:
    • The advancement process, including who will be approving and recording his progress
    • The purpose and timing of Scoutmaster conferences
    • How the boy-led troop works and his advancing role in it
    • The patrol method and the new-Scout patrol
    • Make sure you give the Scout handshake and see that the Scout can demonstrate the sign and salute.

The Tenderfoot Through First Class Scoutmaster Conferences

  • Who is your patrol leader, and what do you think of him?
  • What do you think of the problems you are facing?
  • How have you progressed on first aid?
  • What are your goals for the next few months, and how do those goals meet advancement ?requirements?
  • What do you think would make the troop better?
  • You can review what a Scout should have learned in his signed off achievements and see how he has absorbed the skills.
  • Ask a Second Class candidate about his service project—how he felt about it, how he felt he had done, did he believe he was successful, and how he measured that success.
  • You should explain:
    • That a Scout does not always keep a skill by simply doing it for advancement; that he must repeat it, and in some cases, teach it, to really have the skill
    • The value of planning to achieve his goals
    • How setting advancement goals involves looking ahead to see what must be accomplished and in what order
    • How the Scout can use the merit badge program to explore interests and accomplish advancement

The Star and Life Scoutmaster Conferences

  • What merit badges did you enjoy, and why?
  • What merit badges did you get the most out of, and why?
  • How did you feel about your leadership position?
  • How did you feel about how you exercised that position?
  • Did you feel you accomplished anything in that position?
  • What were your frustrations?
  • Who do you think is doing a good job in the troop?
  • Have you decided what merit badges you will be earning next?
  • Have you thought about achieving Eagle?
  • Have you thought about a service project for Eagle?
  • You should explain:
    • The progressive nature of service projects from Star to Eagle
    • The nature of required and unrequired merit badges

The Eagle Scoutmaster Conference

  • How did you feel your Eagle project went?
  • Did you run into any rough spots?
  • Did you plan enough to get you over the rough spots?
  • How did you work with the agency for which you did the project?
  • Was that agency clear in its goals for you?
  • Would you do the project differently now?
  • How do you think the troop is doing?
  • How do you intend to help the troop after you become an Eagle Scout?
  • Do you have any goals for the troop?
  • What are your goals for yourself?
  • Do you feel you are an Eagle Scout?
  • Do you believe you have accomplished all you need to in order to become an Eagle Scout?
  • You should explain:
    • That his Scouting career is not over; that Eagle Palms, leadership, and adult leadership await him
    • That other opportunities exist in the Order of the Arrow, Venturing, and Sea Scouting

The Eagle Palm Scoutmaster Conference

  • How do you plan on contributing to the troop now?
  • What are your goals for the troop?
  • What are your personal goals?
  • How will your Scouting experience help you?
  • You might explain:
    • Scouting opportunities for older boys
    • National Youth Leadership Training
    • Leadership in the Order of the Arrow
    • Camp staff opportunities
    • The Hornaday Awards
    • Venturing
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