Re: Cubscout Leader Self Study Course
George Costigan (GCostigan@AOL.COM)
Sat, 8 Jun 1996 12:29:24 -0400
In a message dated 96-06-07 13:28:39 EDT, Barry Runnels writes:
<< I have noticed that you guys are afraid to promote something that
would be a benefit to our District.>>
Since it was my last quote used here, I have to jump in here... Afraid, no.
<<More often than not, I end up
recruiting a leader during the time of year when the Council or
district wont have any Basic Training for three months.>>
Great! It is a year round program and you should always be recruiting
leaders. If you are recruiting leaders this way, there is nothing stopping
you from getting *them* togther and give them a course. Our Training people
are getting ready to do just that.
<<I want some good basic training material and even a tape that
will give some basic training and/or ideas during a time when these
new leaders are unsure what they have gotten to or they want to prepare
First, are they getting Fast Start materials? Fast Start is a video/handout
combination that gives them some idea what they are about to get into. Twenty
minutes of overview. I also make sure that my Leaders in my Pack get a CS
Leader's Book. That can and should be read before (and after training).
<<You're afraid they will consider this their training but I believe
self studying will encourage more Basic Training. And if it doesn't,
the policies for getting Training have not changed. I insist all my
leaders take Cub Scout Basic but I would love to have some material to
give these adults until the training comes along.>>
I don't remember anyone suggesting you not to get information into the hands
of your leaders. All that most of us suggested is that we found as leaders
being trained and as trainers training leaders that there are definite
advantages to having everyone attend as one centralized group. If distances
prevent gathering people togther (Yes, I have been to Oklahoma; in fact we
just opened a big new facility there, and I was impressed by the people in
Scouting out there...), then get coaching out to the leaders.
I also don't remember anyone not suggesting you to avoid giving out the Self
Study guide. Put as much information as they want in their hands, and a
little more that they will soon discover they need.
<<I am very interested in this idea and want more information to show
You DE should (it's part of his job description) get you and your volunteers
these resources. He may also have some ideas to share as to how to get
there. How, for example , do the Scouts get people togther in your district?
YIS, Sorry if it's long,
George Costigan, CM Pack 157 Herndon, VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City