Ron W. Fox (RonWFox@AOL.COM)
Thu, 18 May 1995 12:38:43 -0400
In reply to John Edwards <email@example.com>, here are my feelings on
some aspects of this training topic:
1) Many, many volunteer organizations require training on
the part of their volunteers before they are allowed to be
leaders, including the Girl Scouts of America, not to mention
the various Volunteer fire departments. I'm sure there are others.
However, in a previous posting by me on this topic, I didn't state
that I thought training should be required, but that training should be
ongoing, not a one shot deal, if people can be considered trained.
2) Success has a great deal to do with training. Few people have an
innate ability to lead youth, and no one is born with a knowledge of
what current B.S.A. policy is. Some (a definite minority) of the posters
on this list seem to have a disregard for official B.S.A. policy. I
that the people at National have the best interests of youth and adult
members on their minds when they concoct policy. At times they may
be wrong, but their motives should not be in doubt and policy should be
followed whenever possible, even if you don't like it.
3) Basic leadership skills are also needed for success. I agree that without
it you will fail. I also agree with another poster who states that
communications with youth requires skills that need training to be
properly developed in most people.
My basic points are:
A successful unit is one that provides a program that attracts and keeps
develops their physical, mental, and moral capabilities, and follows B.S.A.
Every unit must have trained volunteers if it is to be successful.
Training is a continuous process that must occur throughout the Scouting
career of the individual.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City