When working with scout leaders, one of the first types of behaviors that I train them to look for is “chaos.” We have found that if the SM and senior scouts are in agreement on disruptive behavior, it is much easier detected at the start which can greatly reduce the chances of chaos occurring.
As the scouts evolve their leadership skills, they realize that the better they plan or have backup plans to fill any down or unstructured time, the easier it is to maintain positive and fun behaviors.
From time to time during a troop event, I would ask the scout to take a moment to look at what was going on. By taking a moment to survey the troop, it is very easy to see the scouts that are focused and engaged. It is also easy to see which scouts are not focused or engaged.
Using the Mentoring technique, I would ask the scout to share with me what he sees going on. Then I ask if I can share with him my perspective. At that moment the scout’s have always grinned. They looked at me with a half question/half statement saying “chaos factor?” Yup is what I would reply and then we would take a moment to have the scout explain to me how he was going to fix the situation.
The results from Mentoring are astounding. After the second or third time, the senior scout’s expectations are set for what is acceptable and what is unacceptable behavior. With the senior scout’s taking charge, the patrol leadership follows their example and the “chaos factor” becomes the exception, not the norm behavior.