Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 19 Jan ...
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Wed, 1 Feb 1995 00:36:55 CDT
"HENRY S. HEINE" <hheine@WELCHLINK.WELCH.JHU.EDU> writes:
>On Tue, 24 Jan 1995, Carey Probst wrote:
>> It is really unfortunate that here in the states, leaders are
>> permitted to run troops, packs, and dens with no required
>> training, since even the Fast Start is optional.
>> Considering Fast Start a requirement for the Quality Unit award
>> is a joke. If BSA required at least the full appropriate level training.
>> ie Scoutmaster, etc. for all registered leaders in order to hold
>> the position, most of the problems which we have been discussing
>> over the past few months would be eliminated either because the
>> people would not be permitted to hold the position, or they would
>> at least learn the right way to run a scouting program so they
>> couldn't plead ignorance of the rules.
Be forewarned...something *like this* is coming to a Council near you
>Unfortunatly, even with the training, many of these problems still exist
>either because policy is ignored or the training was of poor quality.
>I just completed Scoutmaster Fundamentals in the Fall and learn more
>reading this list for 1/2 hour then in the two Friday nights, all day
>Saturday and Weekend (Friday-Sunday) I invested in my Districts SMF.
The QUALITY of the training experience has to increase before National
can "enforce" a rule like the one that is being kicked around the
Irving Tower. A BSA survey in 1990 indicated that only 17.5 percent
of all Scouters felt that they got "something significant" from the
basic training experience and a unsurprising (at least to me) 34
percent of Scouters surveyed stated that "they were ready" to assume
the duties of the position in which they attended the Basic
training course for.
And this survey was done in 14 of the BSA's "Quality Councils".
Not good...that's why one of the things I emphasize during Council or
unit visits this year is "quality training=quality program". If you
train Scouters to use the program, to use the tools and resources and
to have those resources there, the quality of the program and the
delivery of the program to the youth members increase significantly!
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