Re: Training For The Scoutmaster
Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Tue, 25 Apr 1995 15:49:16 EDT
If anyone has doubts about the advantages of training, just consider the
SCOUTS-L board you are now reading! As leaders who are trying to give the
boys the BEST possible experience, we need to stay on top of our chosen field
(just as you do in the business world). District Training is one vehicle
(arguably the best) for this training, so are Pow-Wows, Roundtables AND EVEN
SCOUTS-L. I have received a tremendous amount of information from you people
(and am eternally grateful) that has helped me become a better leader...and
thus made MY SON'S and all of the boy's in our pack scouting experience
As far as getting that "difficult" leader to go to training, one method I
used that has been successful is to, at Den Leader Meetings, always have the
den leaders give the source of their ideas and information...You'd be amazed
at how fast a den leader will start getting training when s/he keeps hearing
other leaders talking about the idea they got at CSLBT, or from the March
Roundtable. Then they see that giving that one afternoon, or evening, could
make their scouting life easier and better for the boys.
Also, secondary peer pressure works great. ALWAYS give your leaders those
"silly" awards, patches, square knots, etc. at a PACK event. Also, recognize
those leaders who do go to Basic Training, advanced training, Pow-Wow, etc.
Whether or not I got a training patch would not affect me in how I currently
perform. But, seeing me get the training patch (not just wearing it) might
just give that little extra push to get someone else to training.
Committee Chairman, Pack 160, Herndon, VA.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City