Peter Van Houten (Peter_Van_Houten@SIMULACRUM.WV.TEK.COM)
Wed, 16 Dec 1992 10:46:21 PST
Dear friends, allow me to bounce an idea off you and please feel free to
comment or share what experiences you've had. As training chairman for our
district this past year I've seen one reoccurring comment on our evaluation
forms from Basic Leader Training (Cub Scouts). That is: There needs to be
more time spent in the Breakout session doing 'Hands on' type activities.
Now both you and I know (if you've ever taught the course) that its
difficult enough to get everything taught in the amount of time we have. We
also know that cutting out other items is not going to benefit the leaders
because its important information as well. So what do we do?
My idea -- Hold a mini-versity session! This is not a PowWow, but has many
similarities to a PowWow. It would be a day session, probably 5 to 6 hours
in length offering several Den Leader relative courses. For example some of
them may include:
-- Leatherwork (we have a source for free leather here)
-- Indian Craft
-- Paper Crafts
-- Den Enthusiasm (Songs, Skits, Cheers, Yells)
-- Den Administration
-- Boy Behavior -- Dealing with the gifted or problem boy.
-- Den Chief -- What are they, how do you get them, what do they do.
Each class would last aprx. 60 minutes with a maximum class size of 12,
especially in the craft areas. Why 12? This would make up two dens of six.
Each class would have two instructors, experts in their specific area and
teach a class each session.
Registration and class assignment would be on a first come first served
basis (including Pre-Registration). Each person would be given a color
ticket designating class and time, which would be their admission ticket.
This helps keep the class size consistent and avoids walk-ins. At closing
we can give out certificates 'PHD's of Scouting'.
Anyway, I'm open to your thoughts, what classes you might offer, etc.
Peter Van Houten
Snail Mail: 7225 SW 160th
Beaverton, OR 97007
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