EDGE™ is the method you will use to teach in your troop. The key to making EDGE™ work is to use it for all teaching opportunities. Make it a habit.
1.Explain—The trainer explains how something is done.
2.Demonstrate—After the trainer explains, the trainer demonstrates while explaining again.
3.Guide—The learner tries the skill while the trainer guides him through it.
4.Enable—The trainee works on his own under the watchful eye of the trainer. The trainer’s role in this step is to remove any obstacles to success, which enables the learner to succeed.
“Training boy leaders to run their troop is the Scoutmaster's most important job.”
“Train Scouts to do a job, then let them do it.”
“Never do anything a boy can do.”
—Robert S. S. Baden-Powell
EDGE stands for: Explain, Demonstrate, Guide and Enable
EDGE is the methodology taught in the National Youth Leadership Training course, and is recommended to all scouts.It is incorporated as part of the advancement process.
Scouts must learn and use the EDGE method to teach scout skills to other scouts.
These brake down to:
Tell the Scout what you are going to do, how you will do it, and why you are doing it. Explain the goal and how to reach it.
Do it! Show the Scout how to do it.
Help the scout do it. Encourage, coach, lend a hand. provide directions, talk them through the steps, get involved were needed.
Let the scout do it on their own. Acknowledge and reinforce that they have that skill.The scout has the ability.
Provide or encourage the scout the to make the opportunities to practice that skill and teach it to others.
And in keeping with the new rank requirements, EDGE another Scout.
The new BSA rank requirements will have the Scouts using EDGE to train less experienced Scouts.
Keep in mind that EDGE is a flexible methodology.Some scouts need different effort put into the Explanations and Demonstrations, and other scouts may have some skills and knowlEDGE, so they are are ready to try it with guidance.
Use EDGE as often as possible in order to reinforce it as a method and tool for the scouts to use when teaching and learning.
Troop 174 meets every Friday, during the school year, 7:30 - 9:00pm, American Legion on Ball Park Rd. Dingmans Ferry, PA.