Doug Gentry (dwgentry@NETCOM.COM)
Mon, 1 May 1995 08:10:58 -0800
You're right, of course, about sticking to the syllabus and not
re-interpreting the good work that goes into Scouting training development.
Working with national to change the syllabus is a bit theoretical, though,
on a practical basis.
My unclear posting was supposed to say that spending 8 hours on a Saturday
(under the old program) was problematic. The new 4 hour program is more
Having acknowledged all of that, there will always be tinkering that a
thoughtful course director will be tempted with (risking, perhaps, the
wrath of the training gods). You fiddle with facility strengths and
constraints, training team strengths and constraints, and the needs of your
For the general readership, Mike's point about testing the accomplishment
of the learning obejctives is the most important, and should be the key
criteria when building and evaluating a good training program.
>>I've run the Cub Leader Basic course for the past 6 years or so (so
>>be guilty of falling into a rut) and then made some changes this
>>with the arrival of the new syllabus. We still can't get geared up
>>to do a
>>full Saturday course, nor are our leaders anxious to take several
> I am a little unclear about your posting. You say you have
>been running CSLBT for 6 years and you can't do a Saturday course and
>you can't do weekday evening courses? When do you have your courses?
> The new CSLBT only requires 4 hours of participant's time.
>That is easily done in a single Saturday morning or Saturday
>afternoon. (We have been using the new CSLBT syllabus since last fall
>& have trained 216 leaders so far)
> I think one of our roles as trainers is to present the BSA
>program as BSA presents it in the syllabus. The way to change the
>training outline is to get National to change it, not to change it
>ourselves. There is flexibility in how the material is presented,
>but not in what should be presented.
> As an evaluation criteria, I would suggest that the learning
>objectives from each session must be met to claim that CSLBT is being
>presented properly. Are you meeting the learning objectives for each
>Cub Scout Leader Training Chairman
>Cub Scout Pack 1113
>National Capital Area Council
>(Washington, D.C. Area)
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