Charles Schmidt (schmidt@UNIX1.IS.TCU.EDU)
Tue, 4 Oct 1994 10:01:54 CDT
In regard to the the week-long Junior leader training course following
the national syllabus, I would like to let you know what our council has
done to encourage participation.
Here in the Longhorn Council (Fort Worth, TX and surrounding counties),
the course is called Silver Tomahawk, and has traditionally been offered
the first week of August (after summer camp has ended). It originally
confilcted with the week-long Aquatics School program, but was later
shifted to allow a boy to do both.
Now, the syllabus has been adapted to a three weekend course (a la Wood
Badge). The result has been a large increase in participation this year
over the last few years of the week-long course.
I am sure some valuable aspects are lost, but some are gained. It is my
guess that the boys retain more of the information presented when it is
covered over a longer time period.
The adult staff (four, I think) includes some experienced trainers, and
the boys should get a super course. I am eager to learn of the
advantages and disadvantages of the new arrangement.
It is a new approach to the problem which we constantly face; how do we
make the program more accessible without watering it down or
compromising the aims. The methods are flexible - the aims are not.
Charles Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity Trails District,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City