The Benefits of Team Building at the Troop Committee Level

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THE BENEFITS OF TEAM BUILDING
AT THE TROOP COMMITTEE LEVEL

by

Gary A. Doney

Scoutmaster, Troop 82

Calusa District, Southwest Florida Council

University of Scouting Arts
Southwest Florida Council BSA

April 27, 1996

TABLE OF CONTENTS|
I.| Introduction…………………………………………………………………….....| 1| II.| Part One Why………………………………………………………………...| 2| | A.| Defining The Purpose Of The Team……………………………………| 2| | B.| Leading The Team………………………………………………………..| 3| | C.| Summary Of “Why”…………………………………………………….…| 4| III.| Part Two What………………………………………………………………..| 6| | A.| Building And Developing The Team…………………………………….| 6| | B.| Tool #1 — The Skill Of Delegation……………………………………...| 10| | C.| Tool #2 — Managing People And Performance During Change…….| 32| IV.| Part Three How……………………………………………………………….| 37| | A.| Tool #3 — Team Building Exercises / Initiative Games………………| 38| V.| Closing Reflection — Maintaining Team Spirit……………………………….| 39| VI.| Bibliography………………………………………………………………………| 42|

I.Introduction
This thesis / project supports the current literature provided by the Boy Scouts of America and is intended to enhance not only the presentation topics of this literature but create alternate paths of instruction to meet the needs of the home units.

This thesis / project will contain three parts and experience two phases. The first part is the “why” part and will review how the methods of team building has benefited other levels of the home unit. This part will discuss why team building is essential as a ‘method of instruction’ that supports the methods of Scouting to achieve Scouting’s aims.

The second part is the “what” part and will discuss the importance of team building and the expected results. This part will describe the basic skills a leader or group facilitator needs to build a team and those skills needed by the team to be successful in accomplishing the goals of particular tasks or projects. This part will focus on the specific skill of delegation — a vital tool in strengthening the relationship of the team while reinforcing the team’s longevity of existence.

The third part is the “how” part and it is here that a door to limitless, creative learning is explained as well as how to design a “Team Building” syllabus adaptable to all levels of Scouting, both within and outside of the home unit. This part will explain how‘initiative games’ provide an atmosphere that creates the desire to learn while conceiving cooperation from individuals.

The first phase of this thesis / project is the application phase. The application phase is the writing of this thesis / project and the development of a “Team Building” syllabus adaptable to all levels of Scouting. The development of this syllabus laid the framework to the development of this thesis / project. The research conducted and resources acknowledged are the by-product of this effort.

The second phase of this thesis / project is the practical phase. Results of a one day course of training at the committee level will be recorded, evaluated, and available at the completion and submission of this thesis.

Postscript: I have always believed strongly that talent and skill in all organizations, whether it is sports, business, or Scouting, are not gender-related. So for the sake of clarity only, I use the pronoun “he.” Please be aware that it refers in all cases to either gender. Many references to the appendix will be noted throughout the body of this thesis. The appendix is where the majority of the research is documented to provide the conclusions to this thesis / project. I have also included quotations, some that are anonymous, and some from well known people to help emphasize the parts in the body of this thesis. II.Part One —Why

team,a group of persons joined together in an action; build, increase and strengthen —Webster Dictionary
“Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success.”
Teams come in...
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