Mark Wilson (mwilson@POLARIS.ORL.MMC.COM)
Thu, 17 Dec 1992 13:22:03 EST
> From: Peter Van Houten <Peter_Van_Houten@simulacrum.wv.tek.com>
> 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.
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We hear the same things. Others have suggested the University of Scouting as
a supplement. After having attended several run by our council, I don't think
it answers all of a new leader's want and needs either. New den leaders, like
new Scoutmasters need to become proficient in Scouting skills which they may
never have had before. It is hard to pass a boy on the First Class lashing
requirements if you don't know how to make a square lashing. The University
of Scouting course offerings skip over those type of skills, Fundamentals has
no time for those skills and Woodbadge assumes you already have them.
Our district is working on a mini Pow-Wow/ mini Show an Do type training
session to answer those needs. The program (at least on the BS side) will be
somewhat looser. We will have a number of areas open all day. Participants can
either visit every area or a few of the areas or stay in one all day based on
what they need or want. The areas will group similar skills: map and compass,
lashings, knots and ropes, cooking, etc. One suggestion is to schedule it as
a "Scouter's Retreat" weekend.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City