BSA/GEN: Adult Leader Training report, as promised (115 lines)
Tue, 8 Nov 1994 12:45:48 -0700
As I promised some time back, here is the report on the
Scoutmastership Fundamentals course offered last September
by Thunderbird District, Grand Canyon Council, Arizona (USA).
18 Leaders enrolled, and were divided into 3 patrols of 6 each.
The patrols were originally designated by the colors red,
green, and blue. Each patrol was immediatly given the task of
comming up with a patrol name (that included the color) and a
patrol yell. The name was to be that of a desert animal.
The final patrol names, yells, and flags were:
Red Robins (yes, we do have robins in the desert!)
Yell: "We're the Red, Red Robins and we keep Bob-bob-bobbin'
Flag: Red Robin standing against a white background.
Yell: "Go Green Gophers! SPLAT!!!"
Flag: Green Gopher standing on black road, about to be run
down by a large circular black object bearing the word
"DUNLOP". (For those not familiar with US products,
"DUNLOP" is the name of a large tire manufacturer.)
Yell: "Quack, quack, quack, quack..."
Flag: Blue Duck standing. No background.
The Staff included the following:
ScoutMaster (SM), Leads the Troop;
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Runs the meetings;
Troop Guide (TG)(1 for each patrol), Answers questions brought
by the patrol members outside of Sub-sessions with instructors.
Quartermaster (QM), Responsible for refreshments for evening
sessions, Sat. lunch., and other things.
Also on staff were 1 consultant and several instructors which
included, but were not limited to, the above listed positions.
Here is a brief rundown of the Training Program itinerary:
The training guide was "Scoutmastership Fundamentals", BSA course.
Sub-sessions lasted from 15 to 25 minutes.
Session 1 (2 hours, evening):
Basic overview of the training session, View 4 BSA Training tapes.
Break into patrols.
Session 2 (5 hours, Sat.):
Began with each trainee making their own rope, about 6 feet
long. This rope was to be part of the trainee's uniform.
Sub-sessions on: Aims and methods of Scouting; Patrol method; Brief
history of BSA Scouting; Planning; PLC (organization and model mtg.)
Lunch: Each trainee and staff member made their own foil lunch
which was cooked on a "table" of coals.
Sub-sessions on: Model Troop mtg.; Outdoor program.
Session 3 (2-3 hours, evening):
Began with a uniform inspection, exchange of duty symbols
(Pre-opening, opening, service), PL's reports.
Sub-sessions on: Advancement; Merit Badge Plan; The Eagle Award;
Courts of Honor.
Session 4 (2-3 hours, evening):
Sub-sessions on: Scouting organization; Chartered organization;
Troop organization; ASM; 2-deep leadership; Troop committee;
Troop record keeping and finance; Quality Unit Award; JLT;
Membership; Campfire planning.
Brief Patrol meetings were held after the closing.
Session 5 (25 hours, 7:00 Fri. 8:00 Sat. ):
Supper was eaten before the session, or brought as sack lunch.
Sub-sessions on: Effective teaching; Communication skills;
Council long-term camping and "High Adventure"; Troop and Patrol
camping; Safe transportation/Tour permits.
Patrol meetings and "cracker barrel"
Breakfast was cooked and eaten as patrols, in the patrol camp
Sub-sessions on: Religous Awards and Services; Health and Safety;
Conservation and outdoor manners.
Demonstrations: Wood Tools (Knife and Axe(& saw)); Fires and
firemaking; Stoves and alternate fuels; Cooking.
Lunch was cooked and eaten as patrols, in the patrol camp area.
"Scoutcraft Trail": "Hands on" demonstrations of packs and packing,
first aid, nature, map and compass, knots, and cooking fires.
Patrol Competition: Stretcher relay, string burning race,
nature memory hunt, knot trail.
Sub-session on: Problem solving.
Patrols prepare dinner.
Training Troop feast. It was, too!
Supper was Pot-luck, with each patrol contributing something
toward the meal.
The Campfire Ashes.
Closing Campfire, Graduation, and awards:
9 of the 18 trainees graduated and recieved their "Trained"
uniform strips and neckerchiefs. the other 9 had missed one
or more sessions, and will be able to make up the missed
sessions during the next course.
Spirit Award (Patrol showing most spirit) - Green Gophers
Chuck Bramlet, ASM Troop 323,
Thunderbird District, Grand Canyon Council, Arizona
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