Re: Junior Leader Training Conference Question/Help
Doug Gentry (dwgentry@NETCOM.COM)
Mon, 25 Sep 1995 09:27:27 -0800
>Bob Longoria asked about how to make JLTC better...
We ran the week long course (it's called "Brownsea" in the Mt.
Diablo-Silverado Council) this Summer, with two very full troops (65 Scouts
in all, with at least 30 on the waiting list). I served as one of two
Scoutmasters, reporting to a Course Director.
The syllabus itself, when followed closely, isn't too academic. There is a
pretty good mix of different teaching techniques, "student" participation,
and applied situations. For those who have gone through Wood Badge, the
course has lots of elements in common, including the 11 leadership skills.
Having acknowledged all that, I found the week to be pretty intense - both
for participants and staff. The staff invested 3 Saturdays, 3 weekends,
and 4 pre-course days to staff development. The participants had some free
time, but not a lot. I'd prefer to see the course lighten up a bit, and
include time for fun. If it is set at a summer residence camp, setting
aside time for water front activites, light merit badge work, or soemthing
else would be great.
You'll recognize, of course, that the youth staff are the ones who really
benefit from this program. They come back with a much deeper appreciation
for the leadership skills and the Scouting method.
Doug Gentry - Polaris Consulting
"Strategies in Health Care Information"
119 Ricardo Ave
Piedmont, CA 94611
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