In an effort to provide more structure and guidance for the Chaplains Aides (CA) in my district’s troops, I drafted a small guide that was intended for the Troops to consider, adapt and utilize if they chose to. The guide draws out that CA is a leadership function, not just a service function, so the CA(s) should be leading, including:
– Preparing before campouts to deliver their Scouts’ Own Services
– Delivering the SOS itself, with the enlistment of supporting team members
– Debriefs after each SOS, as an opportunity to improve and grow
– If a CA is unable to attend a campout, they are still responsible for ensuring that an SOS still occurs during the campout, including the preparation and the debrief.
It also includes two signature sheets: one signed at the beginning of the term of service (acknowledging expectations) and the second signed at the end of service for completion.
CLICK HERE to download the first draft of the Guide to Chaplains Aides
The Guide is a work-in-progress, with this being the first draft for considered use this Fall & Winter. I will update the guide after lessons learned, as well as after suggestions offered by Scouters on the Internet.
As always, thanks for reading and your feedback.