Steve Tobin (srtobin@MIRAGE.SKYPOINT.COM)
Tue, 15 Aug 1995 23:34:20 -0500
I ran the video tape JLT program last year for the first time and liked it.
The tape sessions were accepted o.k. by the boys, although there was some
feeling that the setup was a little corny. As long as the SPL and myself
focused on the lessons that was eventually forgotten. It gave me an outline,
material and activities to run my first TJLT session. In past years I had an
outside trainer come in and do the session, which worked well (not the BSA
video package), but wasn't available that year.
However, my conclusion as to reusing it was about the same as yours. It just
will not fly a second time for the same scouts. In a couple of years it
could be reused for a new group, though.
Which led me to choose designing a TJLT course as a WB ticket item. My goals
1. There will be a main "jump start" segment that will cover the basics to
get the newly elected leaders off to a good start. There will also be
another segment that would cover more advanced/detailed leadership topics.
I'm thinking a 3-year cycle, with the BSA video course being one element,
with 2 unique sessions the following years to build on it.
2. There will also be a series of "mini training sessions" that will be held
at PLC meetings and weekend campouts throughout the year. These will deal
with a single leadership concept or principle, and topic ideas could be
selected from the ideas in the Wood Badge 11 leadership elements. Games,
DELTA activities or campout activities could be used to illustrate and
practice the topic as appropriate. These topics could be changed and
tailored to current troop needs during the year, and need not be fixed.
I am still pulling ideas together for this, so I appreciate this discussion.
Junior leader training is supposed to be our (Scoutmasters) main job, but
there is not nearly as much assistance for this from the BSA as there is for
the outdoors skills area. Although much, if not most, of this training
happens as a result of daily activities, contact and interactions, there is
still a need for formal training also. The real challenge is to keep it from
being the lecture, "talking at" kind of training, and making it an action,
hands-on, discovery kind of experience for them.
How about some TJLT topic ideas? These are some ideas for the basic session.
1. Troop organization and structure.
2. Resources available; equipment, materials, people.
3. Review of job descriptions. Discussion of how these jobs relate to each
4. Discussion of leadership styles, shared leadership.
5. Team and trust building exercises; team games, trust fall, rope square
exercise and such.
6. Problem solving techniques.
Any more ideas or comments?
Steve Tobin, SM | Troop 39 Cannon Falls, MN
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