Unit Committee Training
Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Wed, 17 May 1995 12:18:42 MDT
In reply to Doug Middleton's question about training for Committee Chair
person, I have a few suggestions.
First, you should take the basic training for whichever program you are in
(you didn't tell us which), and read the leaders handbook that applies. As a
trainer who often teaches the section on committee functions both in
Scoutmaster Fundamentals and Commissioner Basic Training, I like to emphasize
that the committee's major function is to provide support for those leaders
who are bringing the program to the boys/youth, by taking care of those
administrative and bookkeeping chores that are important and time-consuming,
and supporting the program by providing transportation, running fundraisers,
etc. If the committee does their job it makes it easier for the
Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Advisor to devote their time to the program.
As the Committee Chairman (and I speak from more than 8 years experience in
that job) your responsibility is to see that your committee is fulfilling
their functions. DON'T try to do it all yourself. Divide up the tasks and
recruit people to fill them, and then start recruiting assistants for them.
Delegate responsibility to your committee members and let them do their jobs,
but keep in touch. Good communications are important.
I do have some materials that I use in training, or in working with new
committee chairmen as a Commissioner, that I would be glad to share. They
are in Word Perfect, and I could send them as an attachment. If you would
like a copy of these just email me direct.
Hope this helps some.
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
Asst District Commissioner
. . . I used to be an Eagle, NC-155
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