Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 14 Aug 1995 14:16:57 MDT
Since discussion on JLTs has started, and there seem to be a lot of people
on the list with a lot of experience, I thought I'd share a few comments
and questions on JLTs with the group.
Our troop just finished running a JLT this past weekend. This is the first
one that the troop has run, although a few of the boys have been to the JLT
put on by our district. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get everyone to
come, due to family vacations and illnesses. We basically followed the
tape, adding in a little exta in places we felt the tape was lacking. The
training seemed to go alright, but in talking with the boys their main
complaints were with the tape from national. Nobody really liked it, and
those who were watching it for the second time (the district JLT was run
straight from the tape) really didn't think much of it. I have to admit
that I had serious reservations with the tape as well (like why does the
patrol not have any rope for the bridge seeing that every backpacking
equipment list in a scouting publication I've seen has rope as a necessary
item, and how were most of the movie scenes supposed to be related to the
topic being studied).
Some questions for the list are:
Have other people found similar responses to the tapes?
How do people make the JLTs interesting for those that have sat through the
tape twice (and have vowed never to do so again)?
In our council (Longs Peak), there doesn't seem to be anything between the
tape JLT and the weeklong course. This seems to me about the equivalent of
going from Fast Start to Wood Badge. One of our parents who is a teacher
commented that in education there is the emphasis on incrementally teaching
a skill, and there didn't seem to be much in the way of increments in the
BSA handling of this. Are there resources out there for intermediate-level
traing, or how have others handled this gap (especially when there isn't
really the resources to send the boys to the week-long)?
For those that mentioned the team building aspects and recommend having
everyone attend after each election, do you use the whole tape each time or
just do the team building exercises (or do you have some other syllabus
that you use)?
For those that have had to miss the session for one reason or another, how
do you bring them on board? (for example, one of our boys came down with a
102-degree fever just before the weekend and couldn't come)
Thanks for any help you can give.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City