Re: leaders and training
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Wed, 26 Apr 1995 10:17:39 -0500
At 11:51 AM 4/25/95 -0400, Becki Bowles wrote:
>I agree with Pete Farnham. Although i am a Girl Scout leader I am also a
>Service Unit manager. So many times leaders have said they don't feel they
>need the training. Policies are always changing and they need to be aware of
>them. Also the council would not have the traing if it wasn't necessary. We
>have 28 troops in our service unit and at our meetings which we hold every
>other month, only on average 5 troops are represented. This is very
>discouraging and sometimes aggravating when they call up and complain because
>they did not receive any information on upcoming activities.
>We hold two trainings per year called potpourri. If only these leaders would
>go to one of these, they would not miss one again. they are a lot of fun in
>which we learn crafts, songs, games, and there are also some sensitive topics
>available as well.
>Please feel free to reply to this topic by e-mail
Becki brings up a good point I would like to stregthen(sp?). I know many
Scouters in BSA feel that once they have received their "Trained" patch they
have finished training. Actually, the "Trained" patch only means that they
have caught up to where policy stands at the time they received it. Policy,
though, is continually changing. Scouters need to attend their Roundtables
in order to stay up to date, not only with policy, but what is going on in
their district and council.
Becki, I'm sorry to hear about the poor attendance at your service meetings.
I am proud to say that at our monthly roundtable meetings (Sycamore
District, Blackhawk Area Council), we have achieved 97% representation of
the Boy Scout troops in our council. I am a member of the Roundtable Staff
and we have worked hard to make these meetings informative and helpful, as
well as fun. We also have a quality Commissioners staff (of which I am also
a member) that goes out to the units and request (plead, beg, cajole, bribe)
members of the units to attend these meetings.
Next month's roundtable theme is cooking and we will be doing a Taste of
Sycamore. That is, we will be demonstrating various cooking techniques to
the Scouters. My particular demonstration will be cooking a roast in a
Dutch Oven. Other members of the staff and some volunteers will be
demonstrating cobblers, cakes, foil dinners, one-pot meals, etc. . .
A usual roundtable meeting starts with an opening flag ceremony and
announcements from various district and council personnel about upcoming
events and policy changes. After the announcements, we break up into
various training sessions based on the months theme. The sessions are aimed
at different levels of Scouts. One will be for New Scouts, one for
experienced Scouts, and one for older Scouts. The first one usually applies
the theme to applicable requirements for Tenderfoot through First Class.
The second one applies the theme to applicable merit badges, and the third
usually applies the theme to either leadership or venture applications.
After the training sessions, we regroup to listen to someone talk to us
about policy. One month was Youth Protection, another month was Insurance
and Liability. Lastly, any District or Council level awards are given out,
the Roundtable Commissioner gives a Scoutmasters Minute, and we do a closing
ceremony. Recently, we have decided to add a skit or a song in between the
awards and the Scoutmaster's minute.
So there you have it. Updates on Policy, continuing training, some fun, and
communication on upcoming events. One other small fact I forgot to mention.
At the roundtable meetings, we also have a mailbox for each unit where more
information about upcoming events and any other messages can be distributed.
I know many of the commissioners check their units boxes after the meeting
to see if there are any messages for the units that haven't been picked up.
We will occassionally deliver these ourselves during our next unit visitation.
Well, I hoped I haven't bored you all silly. The point I am trying to make
is that training is an ongoing procedure. BSA and, obviously from what
Becki wrote, the GSUSA have methods for accomplishing this. I would be
suprised at any Scout or Guide organization does not have simular(sp?)
methods for accomplishing these goals.
I would like to hear from other members on this list how they achieve
getting this type of training out to their Scouters.
| Marc W. Solomon | Unit Commissioner |
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