Re: Trained Leaders
Mike Murray (Mike2M@AOL.COM)
Mon, 30 Oct 1995 19:48:32 -0500
The fall Scoutmaster Fundamentals course is over. Our district has 18 new
trained leaders. The course started with 23 some of whom could not attend the
weekend session. The training team all felt good about the level of the
training and the attitude of the trainees. The group were all new to Boy
Scouting most of them former Cub leaders it was a pleasure to work with these
As the SPL of the course I really was able to see the effect of Scouting on
Leaders. Our district team is always being told by the paid professionals
that we involve too many staff members. This course featured over 40
instructors at least 12 of them 1st timers on staff. Our position is that the
larger the staff is the more other scouters the trainees will get introduced
to. Plus preparation time for a 20 minute session is less and easier than it
would be for 2-3 sessions. At the outdoor skill stations the extra help comes
in handy too.
I have been part of the training team for the last 9 courses. As a trainee
(spring 90') I was impressed that so many other Scouters would take the time
to train new leaders. At the closing crackerbarrell I asked how I could be on
staff, and here I am.
How is training done in your districts?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City