Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 14 Mar 1996 14:39:23 -0700
golden cliff wrote:
> I am interested in knowing about any short-term training programs for
> junior leaders. My Scouts are involved in summer camp or high adventure
> with the troop, they don't have time for a week long JLT experience.
> It seems the week long JLT program is like a "junior woodbadge", is there
> anything out there that is patterned more after a "junior fundamentals"
> course that can be done on a weekend and a few meetings?
> I believe that type of course would be much less expensive in terms of
> time and money and more accessable to more boys. Then the next step
> could be the week long experience.
There used to be such a course, at least in the district I grew up in.
It ran on a similar schedule as BLT (as fundamentals was affectionately
known then), except that it was only one Saturday session in addition to
the weekend. I'm not sure what has happened to that program, but I
often wish it was still around. I was a youth staffer for our
district's program (Patuxent District, NCAC, 1988), and I saw it do a
lot of good for a lot of young leaders.
If nothing else, it had a time built into it for the boy leaders to get
together in like groups (SPLs and ASPLs together, PLs together, etc) and
discuss how to better do their jobs. It also is an opportunity for
everyone to see the patrol method at work in a model meeting and in
Perhaps some of the people on the list who have remained more in touch
with the training aspects can shed light onto what has become of these
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City