Gerald Belton (gbelton@MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Thu, 4 May 1995 07:46:01 -0500
>range from 1 to 5 years. 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.
>We require recertification for first aid and other training. We should
>also require recertification for our Scoutmastership Fundamentals course.
I like this basic idea, but I'm not sure requiring someone to go through the
whole course every five years is a good idea. I personally have a limited
amount of time to spend on Scouting; my troop didn't go camping in April
because my "Scouting Weekend" was taken up with training.
I would like to suggest an alternative from the field of medicine.
Board-certified medical specialists are not required to go back to medical
school and be re-trained, but they are required to continue their education
and keep up with changes in their field. When they attend certain seminars,
conferences, and lectures, they earn hours of "Continuing Medical Education
(CME)" credit. To keep certified, they have to get a certain number of CME
credits every year.
We could do the same thing with Scouters. Require 5 hours per year of
Continuing Training. Award 1 hour for attending Roundtable. Maybe have a
couple of sessions at summer camp or camporees that are good for an hour's
credit. Our council has a big program planning meeting every August; that
should be worth a couple of hours credit.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City