Re: LEADER TRAINING
Bob Sargeant (SARGEANT@CUA.EDU)
Mon, 1 May 1995 11:30:49 -0500
I read with a good deal of interest you comments on placing too much
trust in the hands of parents in the selection of good leaders. You state
that parents are not able to do this process without seeing the person in
action. You also seem to make a separation between parents and the unit
I think that we is they when it comes to the Committee. As we all know
a major share of the committee membership is made up of parents. I know of
little that happens to a parent when he/she becomes a committee member to
make them better able to judge the qualifications of a possible leader.
I think that most people have some ability to evaluate a person through
talking to him/her. If we insist that other leaders also attend events,
we can hopefully overcome errors. Their presents will also help the committee
to learn how the new person performs in the arena.
You seem to play down the importance of training. While it is possible
to sit through a class on something, most scout training requires some hands
on exeriences as well. I think that a training patch does stand for something
when it comes to leader selection. It surely shows a willingness to learn
that a lack of such a strip does not.
In conclusion, I would suggest that you Scout or Cub Master should if
possible come from you unit. Even units who have a Scoutmaster in place
should have a relacement in mind. The current scoutmaster should be trainig=ng
a replacement. The more transition is expected and planned for the easier
the next transition will be.
Yours in Scouting, Bob Sargeant, DC for GW District of NCAC, BSA. Used to
be a Fox.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City