Re: Transition Training
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 09:26:37 EDT
On Thu, 9 Jun 1994 10:43:30 EDT Jim Miller, Jr. <JMillerJr@AOL.COM> wrote in
response to Charles Schmidt's
<stuff deleted for brevity>
>I have a different point of view on this... <Stuff deleted>... 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
I would like to know how many of these leaders were former Cub Leaders. My
experience is that a lot of the Cub leaders who move up tend to try to run
the Troop just like a third-year Webelos den - that is, unless and until they
are trained in the Patrol Method.
>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
>something that needs to be rethought.
I am an Eagle Scout, and I STILL had to go thru Scoutmastership Fundamentals
as a prerequisite. Apparently they DID rethink the exemption. Actually, I'm
glad they did - I held various adult leader posts in Troops for several years
without going thru the training (college, work and moving were main
constraints). Now I wish I had done it earlier.
>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 Training ASAP.
I wish more top leaders in units had the cojones to do this - it will
definitely shake out dead wood and boneheads: either fish or cut bait.
>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.
Amen. I would go one step further: the leaders should be recycled on a five
year basis, just to be sure they are kept current. Actually, the better
leaders do this anyway, from personal experience (at least the classroom
portions of the courses).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City