Guiding scouts via questions

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For many younger parents today, the 1970’s hit detective drama Columbo is ancient history. Every episode had a scene something like this:

It was so popular in its day that it was parodied by the great Johnny Carson

What does this have to do with scouting? Have you ever tried, when asking a straight question, to get a straight answer from a teenager, who has other things on his mind?  They know how to evade questions. That is what they do every day in school.

The same process of learning through questions is extremely valuable in working the scouts. Clarke Green provides a long description of why this works in scouting and how it can be used in many different situations. The funnier and more light hearted the question, the longer the scout will engage in the discussion.