Re: CEU'S for Scouters
Todd N. Tingblad (TINGBLTN@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU)
Fri, 5 May 1995 09:03:33 -0500
The idea of Continuing Education Units (CEU) is a good one. But as Bob
Condon stated, there are problems in running this type of program. I'm not
saying it can't be done, but a high level of "programming" is needed.
If any of you have seen the BSA database record layouts, you know that very
very very very little has been done in tracking training. All that this
database can handle is NONE, FAST START, and BASIC TRAINING. There is
nothing in the local council database to denote Woodbadge, Pow Wow,
Show-n-Do, Train The Trainer, Commissioner Science degrees, or anything else.
On the other side of "programming" (the classes). Will National need to
create and have certification teams to review training programs like what is
done with Scout Camps? What about leader transfers from council to council?
These are only, top level questions. CEU's would be nice and very good CEU
programs can be used to model a BSA type CEU program. Like so many good
ideas that could help, money will be the biggest problem BSA will have to get
it to happen with time coming in a close second. BSA is having a hard time
keeping just the Merit Badge program up to date. Check out the Computers MB
requirements and the materials in the book...talk about 10 years behind the
times in only one profession that 3 months seems like 10 years.
So for now, it looks like Kathy's note about returning to training courses
every 5 years is the best the current system can hope to support. There are
still problems even with this, but it is a lot better than no training at
There are always possiblities. Maybe developing something on the local level
that can show the next level up what it would take could be enough to get
this idea off the ground. Do I see a hand up over there?
Todd Tingblad -- TINGBLTN@UWEC.EDU
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City