Re: Scoutmaster Training Certification - Long
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Tue, 9 May 1995 10:34:15 -0500
At 01:08 AM 5/9/95 -0500, Cliff Golden wrote:
>Very good point. But, it is possible for a Scouter to gradually get off
>track. I use the analogy of a well sighted rifle. It needs to be
>recalibrated on a periodic basis. A small bump here and there will, over
>a period of time, accumulate to an instrument out of aim. We are
>vulnerable to the same effect. If a Scouter moves on with more advanced
>training, then I agree, he shouldn't have to recertify in SMF. It's the
>Scouter that does SMF then plugs along for years without any additional
>training that I'm concerned with. That is where the aims of Scouting can
>be lost or dulled by a complacent leader.
>I agree the next step after SMF should be more and different training.
>SMF is a really just an overview of Scouting. But what about those
>Scouters that think after SMF they're trained and don't need anything else?
>Those are the leaders I'm talking about. If a leader continues on to
>higher training, then I agree with you that SMF needn't be repeated.
>I agree with you. We should go forwards and build upon previous
>training. Those leaders that continue in training should not be required
>to retake SMF. The leaders needing recertification are the ones that
>don't continue building on their knowledge, but rather are stagnant.
>Training should be either continued or recertified. My intent was to get
>undertrained or outdated leaders to take recertification training, not
>overburden well trained leaders with unnecessary review. The problem is
>that the undertrained and outdated leaders never realize who they are.
So, let's see if I understand you. You are suggesting that BSA should
REQUIRE Scouters to get training every so many (5) years. This is the major
place I think you and I disagree. Although I feel all all Scouters SHOULD
be trained, requiring Scouters to get training is a mistake! Many Scouters
would rather quit than be FORCED into training. Scouters, for the most
part, are volunteers. We put in the time because we feel it is important,
not because we HAVE to. From that point of view, training is something we
should want to do, not something we are being forced to do to do what we
want to do.
I feel that the potential for losing Scouters due to requiring them to
receive training outways the need for requiring trained Scouters. Scouting
needs as many volunteers (Scouters) as we can get to get the program to as
many boys as we want to reach. Surely, without trained Scouters, the
program would not have the consistency (sp?) it has and strives for, but
without Scouters, trained or not, we would not have a program at all!
I know many Scouters who have not been to any formal Scout training beyond
Roundtables and Council Newsletters in many a year who are making a
difference with Scouts every day. I do not want to be the one who tells
them they can not work with the Scouts anymore unless they get training. Do
not get me wrong. I will still be getting the word out to them about every
training that is available to them and urge them strongly that they attend
(or teach) these events. But I do not want to be the one responsible for
FORCING them to do so (although some of them have told me that is what I
seem to be doing).
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