Re: Training for the Scoutmaster
The Hendra Family (hendra@MACSCOUTER.COM)
Tue, 25 Apr 1995 10:36:17 -0700
I am forwarding this for Patrick Wilson, who seems to have temporarily lost
his connection to Scouts-L. It is in response to Steve Lavalla (a CC) who
was questioning the value of having a trained Scoutmaster.
> My response to this is that we lead by example.
> The purpose is to build leadership, learn skills and have fun!
> Everything we do in scouting is toward this goal. The boy leadership
> runs the unit and learns as they go by trained advisors called
> Scoutmasters. Merit badges teach basic skills and introduce the boys
> to lifelong career opportunities and we do all this while having fun.
> Every organization has rules in the form of policies and procedures.
> Without them, there would be no organization. Thats reality! By
> constantly moaning and groaning about the rules, we just set the bad
> example for the boys to follow and are not helping to prepare them for
> the real world.
> Being on the council's Risk Management Team, I know that many of the
> rules that people complain about, tour permits, rechartering, youth
> protection, ect. tie back to insurance requirements. It's sad but true
> that the liability insurance needs to be there when you just are
> trying to do a good thing. But, some people seem to forget that you
> were just doing a good for their son driving him home from a campout a
> careless person broadsides your car and little Pete loses a leg.
> As for the Scoutmasters being trained, this is an ablolute must! The
> Scoutmasters (SM and ASMs) will have the greatest impact on the youth
> in our organization over any other volunteers. They are teachers,
> weather they like it or not. They are, in many cases, the role model
> that may shape a young persons life. This is a heavy responsibility to
> put on a persons shoulder without supporting them with training.
> Finally, the quality unit award being no big thing? This obvously
> shows the need for CC to get trained. Maybe to him it's no big thing..
> But to the boys, it's another ribbon for the flag and another award to
> wear on their untiform. That counts when the troop participates in a
> Camp-O-Ree or Scout-O-Rama when there's intertroop compatition and
> scoust compare themselves with other scouts and build pride in their
> troop. It's even means something when they meet up with a former
> scouter at a campground who starts talking about the "old times" when
> they were a scout.
>:> Patrick Wilson PWILSON@CORIMAGE.COM <:
>:> Troop 92, Milpitas, CA I use to be a Beaver.... <:
>:> Santa Clara Co. Council WE3-55-87 <:
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