@Hedgehog, the more I hear about your situation, the more I think "service project."
Your boys have shunned the system where a TG would share direct contact with the first-years.
You want the PL/APL to care, but they have a bunch of other tasks that they find more engaging.
You have a boy who you are trying to fit into a position, to whom you could just as easily fit a project.
A TG pulling the first-years aside from each patrol, might disrupt the PL's agenda. (The PL might not describe it as such. He might not even be bothered by it. But that's immaterial.)
But, patrols being challenged to benchmark skills acquisition of T2FC boys might help them perform to your satisfaction.
So, maybe here is how the project plays out:
- Tell him the troop could use a 2016 trail to 1st class poster ... basically some large-rule graph paper grids.
- You may have to explain that, once upon a time, spreadsheets in the cloud were hard to come by.
- He makes a quadrant for each patrol. One row per scout (even the ones in upper ranks), one column per requirement.
- He finds a central location to post it.
- Cells get colored in as often as a scout is seen demonstrating a skill this year. (PL's responsibility to report what was done ... honor system.) He might want to use colored tacs to represent if a scout demonstrated it on one, two, or three separate occasions.
- A rank advancement might get a string of cells blocked in a special base color (e.g. a strip of felt or colored tape),
- Patrols get points based on color-weight of the cells. The SPL may receive a report on current standings.
- Maybe, he could take a picture of it every whip-stitch, and that becomes your troop website's home page.
- Maybe there's another scout who could cobble together weekly pictures of the poster to make a time-lapse of the movie of the poster amassing color!
With things like these, I feel the only award needed is bragging rights. But, I think if you would like to bring the point home, a patch from your collection to the PL with the best colored grid might be in order.
This keeps your scout, with the help of the SPL, putting the heat on the PL/APL and getting younger scouts to notice how what they do might fit into some bigger plan. It might motivate other scouts to demonstrate those skills just for the silly of it:
"Mr. H, I did a 20 miler last weekend, can I stack 4 pins on my 2nd Class 5 mile hike?"
"Did you navigate?"
"No, the map was too heavy. I let Johnny carry it."
"Well, grab those four pins. AND PUT 'EM ON JOHNNY's SQUARE!"
For the scout in question, this gives him measurable goals in developing and implementing a chart. It allows him to interface with other leaders, and provides a concrete service to the troop. Finally, it is amenable to after-action review, which he could do with the PLC or the troop as a whole depending on his maturity. All of those are very useful activities that will prepare him for a future PoR.
Edited by qwazse, 14 June 2016 - 02:56 PM.