Re: leaders who won't go to training
Nathan Brindle (NATHAN@LSOFT.COM)
Wed, 26 Apr 1995 09:32:41 EDT
I apologize in advance if some of this has been said...I don't have the
time to read SCOUTS-L in its entirety anymore...see what happens when
you go to work for a company whose product is LISTSERV? :)
Anyway--The untrained Scoutmaster, if he continues to avoid going to
training, needs to be replaced. There are a number of issues involved
here. First, it is likely that he has not had Youth Protection training.
Second, it is likely that he is not following proper procedures in every
case when the unit is meeting or camping or otherwise doing something as
a unit (tour permits come to mind, as does 2-deep leadership, etc.).
Third, by refusing to go to training, he is denying his unit Quality
6 years after I took the first half of Scoutmastership Fundamentals, I
spent two years getting trained. I took the second half of SMF in the
Spring of 1993, then went directly to Wood Badge that fall. After
Wood Badge, one of my ticket items was to teach at SMF, which I did
in 3 courses thereafter. Another WB item was to take Commissioner
Basic (I did WB as a commissioner) and to go to the College of Commissioner
Science. Jeez, what else did I do? Oh yes, OA officer/advisor training
from the Lodge...it just seemed like every time I turned around I was
going to training. :) I also taught a section of our council's Cub
Leader Training...it seems to me it was the section on Religious Awards,
but I can't remember...and one of these days I'm going to actually <take>
Cub Leader Training. :) (I got my beads in January, BTW.)
The upshot of this is that once I got a good kick start in the Spring
of 1993, I became an apostle of the training concept. In the troop
I was with at the time, no one had been to either SMF or Wood Badge
in at least 5 years. I was the first to realize the value of what
I was being taught, and I infected others in the troop when I came
back. Last I heard the scoutmaster there had been both to SMF and
Wood Badge, and I think some other adults were planning to go to SMF.
So keep trying to get this fellow to go to training...but if it looks
hopeless, and it sounds like it is, chat with your CR about finding
a replacement. Remember, the SM serves at the pleasure of the CR
and the unit committee--he is not God in His Highest.
I used to be an eagle...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City