Re: DISTRICT SCOUTERS' CONFERENCE
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 08:51:14 -0500
I have written, and trained for 2 years, a "Fast Start" course for my district c
ommittee, based on the requirements of the district committee Scouters' Key req
uirements. If you'd like I can send you the information.
This is written to meet the requirement of "going through the Highlights Book fo
r your position," BUT (and this is important) going through the training based
on the 4 function organzation of a district (council, etc.). This system train
s all positions of the dist. committee level to all members of the committee, i
ncorporating the CRs.
This was accomplished over a period of 6 hours of training (I spread it out by "
functions" over three months' dist. committee meetings). I spread the informat
ion out, so that the people (although many have over 30 yrs in our program and
about that many at the district level) could fully digest what was discussed in
detail for each function, or part thereof. I gave the program function one wh
ole evening on it's own since it is very vital that EVERYONE understand the man
y parts of program, and who is responsible for what.
I also used as a resource, the Key Scouter Training manual (this course is the 2
nd requirement for the District Committee Scouters' Key award), as it goes into
detail on each and every piece of the dist. committee and includes the relatio
nship in detail to the council. (I just bought another copy of this manual, bu
t it is indeed the same one I had from the 1987 course I took and completed.)
Let me know if you want a copy of the paperwork involved in this course. The di
strict committee training has been stressed through Philmont Training Center no
w for at least 5 years that I know about, maybe longer; and has also been a maj
or concern at Area and Region levels. It seems that committees who at least re
cieve this Fast Start stuff I gave, function 200% better, with less errors.
Actually, although I am stepping down as dist. chairman (a terrible job), one of
the main contributions of my 2 year term, I believe, was this training, and if
the council EVER puts on the Key Scouter course as it keeps promising, the peo
ple on my present dist. committee will be among the very few in the country who
can legitimately wear a "trained" strip under the dist. committee patch, as a
few of us do.
Hope this helps.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City