Re: Transition Training
Thu, 9 Jun 1994 10:43:30 EDT
Charles Schmidt <schmidt@UNIX1.IS.TCU.EDU> wrote:
>There-in lies one of the problems. The 18 year old isn't playing boy in
>these situations; he is too close to the reality and tends to go
>overboard. The result is often resentment by the older participants.
>Likewise, once into the adult role, the 18 year old can easily take
>himself too seriously. While my example may have been a special case,
>he tended to ask too many naive or trivial questions, and tried to
>answer every rhetorical question asked. His fellow patrol members
>tolerated him with good spirits, but the rest of the participants tended
>to feel quite negative about him.
I have a different point of view on this. I waited until I was 22 to take
SM's fundamentals and found that the others below 25 had a much better
attitude about the course than many of the older Scouters. This probably came
about because I felt the expectations placed on the participants were much
too low. I found myself wondering "How did these people stay involved so long
without a clue as to how it works?" I harbored a small amount of negative
feeling towards those leaders who were so completely unfamiliar with the
patrol method that they considered it an entirely new concept. Somehow, I got
to believe that the course was too little, too late for some of these men.
Another important point is that the staff of the course needs to make sure
young men like this are used properly. I refused to be elected PL or APL in
my course, because I felt others would benefit more from the experience. At
one point, the SM Fundamentals requirement for Woodbadge was dropped for
Eagle Scouts, presumably due to their knowledge of the program. Maybe this is
something that needs to be rethought.
Now, as an Explorer Advisor, I refuse to renew the registration of any adult
in my Post who hasn't completed Explorer Leader Basic Training by the second
available offering(unless there are extreme circumstances) and I require YPG
Untrained Leaders are quite possibly the biggest obstacle to overcome in the
program. Even the most experienced Scouter can benefit from a Training Course
and if not, at least the others can benefit from his/her experience.
Jim Miller, Jr.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City