Re: Training for the Scoutmaster
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Tue, 25 Apr 1995 09:56:39 -0500
Steve Lavalla asked:
>Is the purpose of the scouting movement to get badges? Or is it to train
The purpose of the Scouting movement is to prepare boys for citizenship, to
promote physical fitness, and to develop character.
>If this recalcitrant scoutmaster is keeping you from getting the quality unit
>award, that is no big thing. The award was created to get the units
>rechartered on time and make the paperwork flow nicely for your council. It
>is not a tremendous award for all the hard work the boys put in to keeping
>their organization going.
The purpose of quality unit is more than to encourage rechartering on time.
It is to encourage units to provide a minimally acceptable program.
Requirements for quality unit are those that have been judged to provide a
minimally acceptable program for BSA. Many units can qualify for quality
unit and not be providing a great program. Many units could qualify but
just don't apply.
I believe the issue the true issue in the original post wasn't that the
troop wasn't qualifying for quality unit. It was that the Scoutmaster was
not trained and was refusing to get training.
Training makes a big difference in units. I've seen packs and troops that
are reallly good and have a high level of adult participation, and highly
motivated leaders. Almost all of the leaders in these units have been to
COR's, CC, CM, SM, ASM, Den Leaders, and Assistants have ALL been trained.
Those units tend to provide good programs (FUN, SAFE, ENTHUSIASTIC programs)
they retain boys. Those units grow (some of them even without vigorous
I've seen units with trained leaders that aren't very good also. But I've
never seen a unit with untrained leaders that was very good.
Anyone care to speculate whether it's the training that makes the difference
or whether the training is really just a sign of the leader's committment to
learning and doing things properly?
I tend to believe it's really the latter. Training is a sign of the
leader's committment, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn how the program
should be done.
Mike Walton if you're reading, this would be a good place to chime in on
your experience with units both trained and untrained.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City