Re: Scoutmaster Training Certification
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Wed, 3 May 1995 11:49:27 -0500
At 05:52 PM 5/2/95 -0500, golden cliff wrote:
>I believe they should give Scoutmastership
>Fundamentals a 5 year certification. After 5 years, if the Scoutmaster
>has not recertified by taking a course or teaching on staff, his
>certification would expire and he would no longer be considered trained.
>This would encourage trained leaders to continue updating their leader
>training. With the many changes that occur in the Scouting program, it
>is vital to keep our adult leaders current on all the latest changes.
>It would also keep their units in focus on the primary aims of Scouting
>by reviewing those aims as a student or instructor.
>It would also give many Scouters additional incentive for volunteering
>to instruct on training staff.
There are other ways in which Scouters can stay current on all the latest
changes. The best way I know of is to have a well-trained and up to date
Commissioners Staff, that gets out word to all the Scouters about changes in
the program, policy, and procedures. Your Commissioners Staff is a vital
link between Council/District and the individual units. It is their job to
get the word out. The next way to get the information out is to have the
Scouter attend the roundtables. All changes to the program should be
announced there. The last method I can think of is to have a decent council
and/or district newsletter. Both our council and our district puts out such
a newsletter and an important section in those newsletters is what changes
have occurred to Scouting policy ans procedures on both the National and
While having Scouters retake the Fundamentals as a student or an instructor
in order to refocus the aims of their units might be helpful, I feel the
more experienced Scouters might be bored going through ALL the fundamentals
again. This boredeom would affect their enthusiasm for the course and the
lowered enthusiasm would adversely effect the new Scouters who really need
A better method might be to create a review course for trained Scouters.
This course could cover much of the material covered in the full SMF course
but leave out most of what hasn't changed in the last five years. A large
section of the course should allow for two way conversation about the topics
those going through the review feel they require the most updating about.
Chances are that such a course can be covered in one day. That fact alone
would make the course much more marketable.
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