Re: your mail
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Wed, 22 Jun 1994 09:06:05 -0500
To All Cub Scout Trainers/Leaders/etc. on this list,
The course is already on it's way into the local councils. We have the table of
contents for the entire course, and yes it has been changed. This is NOT a ne
w thing -- changing Cub Scout Basic Training --- trust me! With over 20 years
in training in this program, I have personally watched courses change as rapidl
y as one every 2 years.
The changes ALWAYS are to simply and make it easier for the "poor" leader to tak
e the time for a boy --- when I started it was 8 (count them) courses of 2 1/2
to 3 hrs each --- but did we LEARN! ---
I have always felt that a job worth doing is worth doing to the best I can, and
that the boys are certainly WORTH my 16 or so hours of life. However, across t
he country, either this concept is not being marketed properly by people who be
lieve it --- or the adults in our country do really believe they were born ridi
ng bikes; raising kids!
I never assumed either!
The new C.S. Basic course will be a 2-3 hour basic course (but in order to inclu
de things like breaks, and the like, the course will need a time window of abou
t 5 hours. (Much like the new TTT course).
Just for your information, training courses are written and rewritten by a commi
ttee of volunteers Scouters and professionals in the field of child behavior, a
nd generally take us a minimum of 2 years to accomplish. That is because field
testing is still required of anything we put out for the whole program to use.
So --- let's not say "national" did --- 'cause they did not. The people who wor
k on such revisions, etc. are volunteers just like you and I from the "root" le
vel as well as the more known national and regional trainers. But be aware, si
nce 1982, there has been in place for the training part of our program, a very
effective program of constant evaluation (yes, trainers actually do do this! St
ill not all -- some still do not work with the program, unfortunately) -- which
includes among other things little changes and updates on the training courses
In 1992, we received updates to our C.S. training manuals (some of the changes h
ad to be handwritten in) and we already knew then that the rewrite of the cours
e was well underway.
I personally HATE the tendancy of the national study committees on training to "
bow" to the supposed leader who says, "I do not have time." I have trained for
years (and continue to do so) at all levels of training from the unit to Natio
nal -- and I ALWAYS find that if the leaders understand that it only takes a fe
w hours to give EVERY boy they work with a better shot at being HIS best -- the
re is no attendance problem.
However -- I belong to Northwest Suburban Council, which has consistently led th
e country in C.S. training, being among the top 10 for years. We have at this
point 87% trained C.S. leaders (and we are NOT just counting Cubmasters as nati
onal does!). We held an all day basic training last Saturday, the attendance w
as 82 new leaders (all having either crossed over from Tigers, or just joined p
acks with Spring recruiting).
The QUALITY of training has to continue to be improved (see the staff developmen
t in the new TTT course) and that I believe will be the biggest change in our c
ourses across the board. The trainers of our country have finally gotten the e
ar of those who do the planning and writing, and they seem to hear!
A course is only as good as the person(s) presenting it! EEK! Sounds like a C.
S. Woodbadger to me! (EC-CS-2).
Hope this gets everyone up to date a bit.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City