Re: Roundtable training
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Wed, 27 Oct 1993 09:02:49 CDT
Regarding your question as follows:
> To add another topic; what about Roundtable Commisioner Training. Both the
> Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable Commisioners have training manuals. None
> of the councils in this cluster will support a training conference for
> such a small group of people? It is viewed as too small a population
> to worry about, especially when the commissioners are worried about retaining
> and training unit commissioners? Your responses are solicited.
First of all, it should NOT be Roundtable Commissioner training ONLY. The
entire Roundtable staff has a training requirement in order to earn their
Scouters Training Award for Commissioner service. The staff (code 84) are ALSO
members of the commissioner staff.
When I was the Dist. Commissioner in Chicago Area Council, we held the
Roundtable training course once a year, and we used the "UNit Commissioner"
video as the support tape for the course, as well as combining both the BS and
CS training manuals.
The result was a course that really worked, fulfilled the requirement for
everyone to be trained, and provided SOME limited amount of training
presentation skills. Mostly the course consisted of the HOW, WHY, WHEN, WHO of
successful roundtables, and proved very successful.
National has (to my personal knowledge) been dealing with the need for training
for roundtables staffs and commissioners since I started in the early 1970s.
In three trips to Philmont Training Center, I have run into this need each time
and each time been told they are working on it.
I also know several national level volunteers who have been involved over the
years in producing such training.
However -- to date, the training is required for their awards, but not presented
well enough as a NEED for success. Many councils combine the rt training with
conferences, univ. of commissioner sci., etc. This really does NOT fill the
need for basic training. It fills the additional need for supplemental
Most rt staffs NEED to learn and put into practise those presentation skills
taught at "TTT". (But then, so do most of our profs. here). Lectures -- talks
--boring non-excited presentations put everyone to sleep and drive them away.
The new course when available must be made strongly recommended for ALL rt staff
If you'd like, I would be willing to send you my mail, a copy of the outline I
have developed. Many people do this kind of development as part of their WB
ticket, and hopefully national sees some of it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City