Re: Scout to Scouter Transition
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 13:50:49 EDT
"Michael A. McDonald" <MCDONALD23@DELPHI.COM> writes:
> But Jay's real question is what type of training should we offer these
>"In-betweeners". I personally would like to see developed a transition
>training program that would be similar to the one-day Troop Jr. Leader
>Training. It could be offered by the Council or District, and be their
>first introduction to the two hour youth protection, tour permit,
>uniforming, alcohol and tobacco, etc. This type of program could generate
>a whole new batch of trained leaders for the unit. (read -properly
Those all are covered in the standard Scoutmaster Fundamentals
courses. I strongly recommend those Junior Assistant Scoutmasters and
young Assistant Scoutmasters to attend those courses as well. As a
Scoutmaster, I would not recommend a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster to
be appointed without his committment to attend SMF.
As far as transitional training above that, I would have the young man
to attend Roundtables and other "adult activities" with the other
adults of the Troop. In this way, he can see for himself what other
avenues are available to him as an adult Scouter, can take part in
some of them (for instance, serving on the camporee staff; working
with preparations for the District Recognition Banquet; escorting and
providing transportation for youth OA election teams, etc.) and
provide some valuable insight and input into future District-level
activities and events.
As a former professional, I would have my eyes open for those
exceptional Scouts (you know, the ones that "oozes" Scouting from
every pore!) and enroll them in a Professional Preview Program while
they are in college. In this way, they can see for themselves the
variety of activities that professional Scouters get involved with,
get involved in some of them, and again, providing that valuable youth
input into District or Council programming that sometimes we lose
sight of when WE plan those things.
> I would be happy to answer private E-mail on a variety of topics. I
> feel that one of the most important aspects of being professional
> Scouter is communication.
I agree, Mike, and I welcome you to the list!!
>Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are just that, my opinions. Statements
> about Scouting policy are based on the most current information
> possible, and I document my sources if asked nicely.
I like that disclaimer. *hint, hint* to those OTHER pros that are
reading this list...if you choose to post, this is probably the
best disclaimer statement that I've come across for you to use!
Again, I stress that if your Scout Executive or Director of Field
Services don't know about your participation here, please let them
know! (as I've mentioned before, there are SOME Council Scout
Executives that don't want their professional staff members to say
ANYTHING without clearing it with them...not a great way to share the
Scouting story, but then, they have the responsibility for executing
the Scouting program in their Councils!) There are other SEs that
clearly welcome the added exposure of their staffs, as long as they
are not sacrificing programming and administration needs for their
computing desires (and as long as they don't embarass the Council
naturally *broad smile* !).
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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