Re: New Cub Leader Supplemental Training
HENRY S. HEINE (hheine@WELCHLINK.WELCH.JHU.EDU)
Fri, 15 Dec 1995 11:16:13 -0500
It is interesting that one of the motivating factors in shortening the
Cub basic training in the first place was in response to exit evaluations
from particpants that the old training was too long. Now after we have
usewd the new training for about a year, it is determined that we need to
We trainers knew this from the beginning and there were several
discussions here about that.
The bottom line to this fits very nicely with the Den Leader Problem
discussion currently going on. We ask for a lot of time from our
volunteers. At the grass-roots (and your Cub Leaders are the grass roots)
we need to give them real quality up front. If you have succeeded in
getting them to training, why not give them all they need to do the job?
Not just the rules and policy and ask them to return some other time for
additional training. Their time is valuable in addition to asking your
training staff to come up with four additional dates/year for that training.
Ask yourself the question, what motivates a Den leader to come to training?
They have just be asked or forced to entertain 6-8 boys a week with a program
called Cub Scouts. They may have been handed a copy of the program helps,
they may have been Fast Started. But all of us that have been there remember
asking ourselves now what do I do? Thats where Leader Basic came in.
The old training provided time for program as well as that all important
oppertunity to "network" and exchange ideas. Also the best hard sell for
attending roundtable is here because hopefully you gave them a big taste
of what they can get each month.
I mentioned networking, and I think here is where the new shortened
training has really shot all of us in the foot. At our last training we
asked that question in several different ways on the evaluation. Did you
get to meet and interact with new people? The bottom line is no. Again I
mentioned your grass roots. It is at this level that Scouter freindships
are established and new blood is cultivated for the district. With the
elimination of the dens and the Pack meeting as apart of training that
interaction has been lost. Imagine eliminating patrols at Scoutmaster
Fundamentals or Wood Badge. How many of us use those Scouting contacts we
made as a result of that part of training. And currently someone has
decided that it's not that important at the Cub Leader level.
Hank Heine email@example.com
SM Troop 615,COR Pack 461
National Pike Dist.
Baltimore Area Council
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