Lew Orans (lporans@ONRAMP.NET)
Sun, 30 Jun 1996 11:54:18 -0500
At 08:32 AM 6/30/96 -0600, you wrote:
>When I was a boy in the Great Rivers Council, an annual junior leader
>training course was conducted council-wide at one of the council camps.
>Our course was called Pine Tree, but I am somewhat familiar with other
>JLTs, including Oak 11 and others. Was served on staff as SPL and JASM
>for Pine Tree, but I moved out of council before I could do it as an
>My new Council, Denver Area, does not have a council wide JLT and almost
>nothing in the districts, as I have been told. I want to do one, a
>really first class job, with the boys in my troop and invite the other
>troops in the district to take part (not an official district activity
>at this point, but simply invite them to be a part of our training).
>Does anyone have a "syllabus" for a JLT course, or suggestions for what
>should be a part of such a course?
I am surprised. At Philmont (NJLIC) over the years, we have had Scouts from
Denver representing the councils Junior Leader Training Course (week-long,
national syllabus--the "JLTC Staff Guide"). This was a recent as three or
four years ago. Have you checked with your council training chairman? I
have no recollection of what the Denver course was called.
There are currently two types of junior leader training -- in the Troop,
following the materials in the Scoutmaster's Junior Leader Training Kit, and
-- at the Council level, using the Junior Leader Training Conference Staff
Guide (week-long course). There is no syllabus for a "district" course,
although some large councils do have JLTC done by district (usually as an
organizational technique, but still with Council sponsorship).
In Houston, we have four council courses per year. Salt Lake's Powderhorn
has many courses, as does Utah National Parks in Provo. Many mid-size
councils have at least one JLTC per year -- Minneapolis (Pine Tree),
Morris-Sussex, NJ, Kansas City, St. Louis, among others. The JLT Task Force
did a poll of all councils about three years ago and found approximately
two-thirds have a council JLTC.
By the way, Pine Tree is pretty popular as a course name. I know of it in
Minneapolis, the Milwaukee suburbs and two or three other councils.
If you have the energy to start a course, and if you find there is none
active, why not approach the Council Training Committee and solicit their
support. And believe me, as an eight time JLTC staffer, it works better
with that support.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Yours in Scouting,
Sam Houston Area Council
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