Re: Training, Brzaswell, camp
George Crowl (WILLIAMM@ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU)
Wed, 26 Apr 1995 17:37:23 -0600
From: George Crowl < WILLIAMM@ZIA.ENMU.EDU
Subj: Re: leaders no training, Braswell, Camp
Soapbox time. Scoutmaster Fundamentals (SMF) needs to be offered
in the district two, preferably three times a year in small
districts (<1000 boys), supplemented by personal coaching as
needed. Times to be determined by each district's individual
needs. Courses are taught even if the staff outnumbers the
learners (and in my district, that is often true). Most leaders
should be able to make scheduled training (our council is 80+%
trained at the Scoutmaster level). End soapbox.
HOWEVER, we offer SMF at summer camp, have for about five years.
One of our Scout Wood Badge course directors, Karen Jones, is on
summer camp staff. She organizes it, supervises it, and trouble-
shoots it. Sometimes she even teaches it. We serve two
councils. She knows who is coming to camp that is a trainer, and
they expect to be asked to instruct _portions_ of the SMF.
Untrained adult leaders are asked to take a couple hours a day
for the academics, and to go to the "commissioner area" for
Scoutcraft training with the boys. We issue trained cards and
send training reports to home councils (we will have 10 or so
different councils in our camp during the summer).
ADVANTAGES: As you say, people are there. We train a lot of
untrained leaders. They are in the mood, and willing. Training
is basically good, we cover the territory. The discussions
relate to what goes on in Scout camp and troops because they are
seeing it happen in front of them. Youth staff teach Scoutcraft
to the adults, they actually do it, and there is some merit to
that. We sell a lot of Wood Badge, both for our two councils and
out of council. Some of these leaders would only fish or wander
around camp because they don't really know how to use their time
effectively helping the boys yet.
DISADVANTAGES: We are taking the troop leader out of his
camp/troop site/away from his boys for 2-4 hours a day. He/she
is there to provide boys help and guidance. The course must be
adapted to fit the time available. Most of the time the trainee
patrol method is pretty weak, though we have had cases where they
picked up the challenge and spirit very well.
We know it is not ideal. We would rather everyone went to
training in their district. However, on balance, it is a lot
better than not having it available. We turn some people on. We
have evaluated it, and every year we make the same decision. Do
it again. A schedule is available on request to me.
____'/____ George Crowl
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