Re: Scoutmaster Training Certification - Long
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Fri, 5 May 1995 10:11:05 -0500
At 12:32 AM 5/5/95 -0500, golden cliff wrote:
>I think you miss one point. Recertification is not ONLY
>about updating people on changes. I doubt there are many annual changes in CPR,
> First Aid, Safe Swim, or
>Safety Afloat. We still need annual recertification. We need to review,
>resharpen skills, and be reminded of their importance. Are the
>fundamentals of the Scouting program less important to us. Are they
>worth a few days every five years.
Luckily for me, I have had few incidents in my life that have required my
use of the knowledge I learned in CPR, First Aid, Safe Swim, or Safety
Afloat programs. Therefore, taking a refresher course in these to keep that
knowledge fresh in my mind is important. I use the knowledge I learned from
taking Scoutmaster Fundamentals every week. It stays fresh in my mind
because of this continual reuse.
>I just helped staff a SMF course last month. I've been a Scoutmaster for
>18 years, I wasn't bored at all by the course. It was review for me, but
>I still picked up a few things. Few of us are so knowledgeable that we
>can't learn something from our fellow Scouters.
Congratulations for serving on the staff. The reason I stated in my orignal
post that a section of the review class should be a discussion section is
that we always can learn from out fellow Scouters. if I did not believe
that, I would not be on this list.
>I found it very refreshing to be around a group of eager new Scouters.
>They were filled with enthusiasm and that enthusiasm was exchanged
>between the staff and students throughout the course. I had some adults
>from my troop taking the course. They were pumped up about Scouting
>afterwards. Effective training is a shot in the arm for newbies as well
>as experienced Scouters.
I am sure that the review course I am suggesting could be just as much as a
shot in the arm as taking the whole SMF course. During the last year, I
have attended Wood Badge, a Commissioners Conference, and Lord Baden-Powell
University. Each and every one of these events fueled my enthusiasm. The
Commisioners Conference was just a one day review and was wonderful for
bringing me up to date on various changes, refreshing my skills as a
Commissioner, and learning from other Scouters and it was all accomplished
in one day! Something like this is what I am recommending for Troop leaders.
>That means we would have to offer two versions of SMF. Two courses,
>Certification & Re-certification, requiring two staffs. That would require
>training committees to work even harder. What is the benefit of a "short
>cut" course for leaders? This recertification would only be once every 5
In many districts, the SMF class is usually very full. To open it up to
experienced Scouters would require offering a second course or having a
larger staff. The review course I am proposing would not require as large a
staff or a large a commitment for that staff as would offering a second SMF
When I took my Scoutmaster Fundamentals course, the Scoutmaster of the
course suggested that instead of giving out the "Trained" patch to graduates
of SMF, an "Exposed" patch should be given out, since the SMF course
doesn't really train someone to be a Scoutmaster, it just exposes him to the
Scouting methods. Of course such a patch would be misleading to the general
public and therefore never used.
I feel once someone has been "exposed" to the Scouting method, that person
does not need to be "exposed" again. The next step would be to get more and
different training. On top of the other methods I mentioned in my original
post, there are the various manuals the Scouter was introduced to in SMF,
the Wood Badge course, National Camp School, etc. . . All these methods plus
the review or conference I have suggested should keep Scouting skills fresh
and up to date for all Scouters.
I strongly agree that Scouters need to keep these skills fresh and continue
learning, but retaking a course designed to expose someone to Scouting seems
redundant to me. Every training I have taken reviews the Scouting methods
as a basis to building on what the participant knows. Lets not go
backwards, lets go fowards!
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