Re: Mandatory training
USE COURSE PMAIL USER 010 (USEPMAIL10@ML0.UCS.ED.AC.UK)
Thu, 6 Jul 1995 14:18:52 +0000
This is a tentative reply because I have not been on scouts-l long
but on the subject of mandatory training,I felt I might point out how
it is done over here.
The issue of a warrant in Britain involves a commitment by any new
leader to undertake a nationally specified training program. This
ensures that a new leader who may be starting a new group(colony,
pack, troop or unit or a mixture) has a decent knowledge of what they
are doing. Leader warrants are reviewed every five years and for it
to be renewed the leader must have satisfactorily completed their
training. There is the occasional circumstance where longer periods
are allowed but this is the exception. It is recognised that the
best training is "on the job" as it were, learning from other leaders
but the compulsory scheme ensures that leaders are actually competent
and safe. I cannot recall hearing any complaints against the system
from British scouters, the most common argument is whether to extend
the system to a more formal training course or not.
It seems to work.
Derry Hamilton, Junior leader, 1st North Berwick(Scotland)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City