Herding Cats

Over the years, I’ve come to an understanding in working with boys between the ages of 7 and 18.  Sometimes trying to get them to do something is like herding cats.  Cats don’t tend to listen much.  Heck, most of the time they respond to your direction like you’re speaking a foreign language.  One things is for sure, though, if they want to continue on their course of action you can bet your bottom dollar that this is exactly what they are going to do.


How can a Scouter overcome this?  It’s easy.  Quit trying to herd cats.  It’s never worked before.  It’s not going to work in the future.  Draw upon your skills and choose your words wisely.  Take them down the path of guided discovery.  Ask leading questions, but don’t give them the answers.  Allow them to be a part of the solution instead of the bulk of the problem.  Giving them ownership in what they’re doing will usually result in a more positive result.



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