Training for the Scoutmaster
Bob McGwier (n4hy@CCR-P.IDA.ORG)
Tue, 25 Apr 1995 10:27:17 -0400
What you should want for your troop is a person who is well versed in BSA's
program. This will prevent many gotchas from happening along the way, inform
your scoutmaster of the latest policies of BSA, allow him to meet and network
with folks from other troops. The latter turned out to be so important to
me personally, that I joined the training staff. Our troop now does three
or four activities a YEAR that we would not have known about without our
having met people from other troops. Look upon it as a resource that will
help improve your troops program. It is a positive thing, not a statement
of your lack of confidence in your scoutmaster. Tell the SM that you want
them to be the best scoutmaster he or she can be and pay for their tuition
(which is usually only $20 or so locally).
Adult leader training or scoutmaster fundamentals is an asset to your troop.
The scoutmaster PRIMARY function is training. What kind of example does he
or she set when demanding that the youth take training for their leadership
positions whe the SM will not take the time to earn the trained patch for
their shirt sleeve. It is NOT about the SM earning a badge. It is about
leadership by example and not fiat.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City