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The leader in the pack must at all times try to beyond reproach. The Otters will look up to you to show the way and will mimic what you do.

Simple speech, clearly expressed, should be the order of the day. Listen to the things that children say, not only to you but amongst themselves. Encourage them to discuss things and not just to accept things blindly. We should be prepared to tell them why a certain thing has to be done so that they may more fully understand and learn. 

As your mood will be reflected in them, a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with lots of activity for healthy exercise, coupled with love and sympathy and understanding should be aimed for.

Handicraft sessions provide a creative outlet and some Otters will be more at home with some types of handicraft than others. Try to provide the special type for the youngster rather than just provide a general 'all of you will do this tonight' type of session.

Obviously you will have to find out what special handicraft suits the child so the full range will have to be tested first.

Story time is an essential part of the Pack Meetings as it provides an opportunity for relaxation between boisterous periods.

Leader Responsibility 

The person chosen to lead an Otter Pack, must of course, be a person of good character, as with all Scouters. As they are in the limelight and open to criticism they should be above reproach and be seen to be living up to the image that Scouting projects world-wide. This also applies to those assisting in the Pack in whatever position. 

The Association will be judged by the worst one of us, unfortunately, and we must endeavor at all times to do our best. When in public, always consider that you are being watched, because you are!

A friendly disposition is necessary and this rubs off on the youngsters in the Pack. We must be able to be "one of the gang" and at the same time make the youngsters understand that we, as Scouters, although brothers and sisters in Scouting, are there to know better than they do and therefore to be obeyed.

As relationships build up between Scouters and the Otters it will become apparent that the Otters place a lot of faith in 'Ahmeek' or whoever and this faith should never be shattered. All their problems will end at the Scouters feet and, although to us they will be at times trifling, to the Otters they will be problems of great magnitude. We must ensure that we are absolutely fair in resolving their little problems and youngsters who seem to stand out as 'Loners" should be put at ease and integrated into a 'team', which is what a Den should be.

Scouters will find that, as time goes by, they will gain experience and will be able to use that experience in efficiently administering the Pack. Intimate knowledge of a youngster's home environment, likes and dislikes, physical infirmity and standard of education is necessary, to enable a fuller understanding of that youngsters attitudes and to enable him/her to take a more active part in Pack activities. 

A good relationship with the parents is a must as we need the co-operation of the parents and their support in our activities. With the Otter Section a lot more interest is shown by parents and when the youngsters are brought to meetings or activities the parents should be able to see that we care about their children and at this stage contact can be made, sometimes to good advantage, by getting the parents involved.

As time passes we find that more and more children are from broken homes or single parent families. No stigma should be attached to an Otter as he/she is not to blame for what has gone before. All Otters should be treated as to their individual requirements without fear or favor, for once the youngster thinks that someone else is being favored their respect for the Scouter concerned is lost. Contact with your local Pastor or Minister will probably result in information being available to assist in understanding a particular child and can only be an advantage.

Not all parents are interested in the activities of their children and an effort should be made to form a friendly relationship with all parents and to promote an interest in those parents who are not keen.

Ahmeek must make full use of all assistance available to him/her as not to do so will result in the offer of that assistance sometimes being withdrawn. There is nothing worse for a keen person than to be left standing like an ornament during activities. All Otter Section Scouters and instructors are a team and all their various skills should be fully utilized. Use may also be made of Scouters from other Sections of the Group. This not only makes available a fuller range of skills but shows to the Otter that he/she is part of a bigger family than just the Pack.

Where Pack Scouters have a problem remember the old adage "A problem shared is a problem halved" and the Group Scouter should be in a position to give good advice. We are not perfect in ourselves but between us we should be in a position to resolve most problems. Remember another old adage that says "Nothing is a problem until you make one!

Leader Training

As with training for other Sections this consists of a Part One Training Course which will last for one weekend or several evening sessions. At the end of the course a certificate will be issued and a two-strand Turk's Head Woggle will be presented.

Following this 12 months later will be Part Two Training, which will consist of several weekends, normally a month apart, in which the practical skills of Scouting will be presented.

Part Three will consist of a probationary period of 6 months, after which a report will be submitted by the Group Scouter, on the suitability of the candidate in putting into practice what has been learned during the Wood Beads Badge Training.

When a recommendation as to suitability has been received by the trainers, a further certificate will be issued, together with the Wood Beads Badge proper and the Wood Beads Neckerchief.

Whilst the above is not at this time compulsory, it is hoped that all Scouters will want to become as proficient as possible and will take that training. We can all benefit from an exchange of ideas, which is inevitably a product of such training.

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