Re: CEU's for Scouters
Jim Miller, Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Fri, 5 May 1995 09:40:51 EST-5
>I agree that this would be a wonderful idea
>but the reality is that the folks aren't council
>don't need another program to monitor.
As I see it, it's the job of the Commissioners Staff to constantly monitor the
trained status of the leaders anyway. All we would need to add is some
>All of the above groups are
>monitored by the state or federal
>government and the punishment
>is that you could loss your ability
>to earn a living.
>How far do we want to impact volunteer leaders?
Until they all realize that this is a profession. Whether or not we get paid is
irrelevant. The best comparison you can make is to a volunteer first aid squad
or fire department. These people must be fully trained, must retrain at regular
intervals, are held to standards of professionalism, and do what they do out of
the goodness of their hearts and on their free time. Another reason it's a good
comparison is that we are doing this for the betterment of peoples lives. I no
more want an untrained leader taking a group of youth off to camp than I want an
untrained person jumping out of an ambulance and starting CPR on me.
>Will this be considered a motivator for most
>leaders or a punishment system?
If we follow one of the models above, it could be a big motivator. SEU's could
be used toward college credits, employers could recognize them as management
training courses, etc. It depends on the benefits that accompany the program.
>I go to training because I want to not
>because there is a punitive system
>saying I HAVE to.
I get training because I want to do my job well, or improve on the way I do it
now. I get training because Scouting is not something that can be faked. I get
training so that I know what my resources are, and how to use them. I get
training to make sure I'm following today's policies, not the ones in effect
If it is a minimum expectation that we fully train EVERY leader BEFORE they arte
in the job, we'll see a lot less parents afraid to volunteer because they don't
know what resources they'll have, how to do the job, what the rules are...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City