Michael J Pagelkopf (mjp2@SPARC.ISL.NET)
Mon, 14 Aug 1995 16:04:02 -0500
The recent posting concerning the JLT tapes needs some clarification. The
posting seemed to confuse what is available for the training of junior
leaders (and my impression certainly may not be current).
1) A new junior leader receives his first training (Fast Start) directly
from the SM shortly after being appointed or elected to the position. This
introduction is outlined in the SM handbook.
2) As deemed necessary by the troop committee, Troop Junior Leader
Training (Fundamentals) is conducted. Generally this is a one day training
session done by the SM and SPL. It is not JLT, it is TJLT and there is a
3) Generally once a year a district or council conducts Junior Leader
Training during which time the junior leader learns the skills of leadership.
In my limited experience, the biggest problem exists when the junior leader
returns from the JLT experience to a troop and an SM that will not let him
put into practice what he has learned.
In your troop training do not confuse JLT with TJLT. If the district is
using the Troop Junior Leader Training material as a substitute for the week
long JLT program they are doing a disservice to the scouts.
The resources needed to send the scout to JLT are just as important as the
troop resources needed to send the needy scout to summer camp. I would hope
that the unit recognizes the need to provide quality training for their
The failure of JLT and even TJLT in a unit comes about from the lack of
participation by the adult leaders in scout leadership. If you train the
scouts in junior leadership, you had better have a troop ready to allow them
to practice what they have learned. The biggest fault I have seen in JLT is
that the SM is not more involved. If you are a SM, are you aware of the
training your junior leader received and to a certain degree what his
expectations are regarding his leadership role his troop. If you are
consider yourself lucky. More importantly, considered yourself to be
committed to your junior leaders growth.
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Hiawatha District - Gamehaven Council S.E. Minnesota
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City