Cub Scout Leader Training
HENRY S. HEINE (hheine@WELCHLINK.WELCH.JHU.EDU)
Wed, 18 Sep 1996 14:39:49 -0400
With the new Scouting year beginning I thought I would put on my Cub
Leader Trainer Hat for a couple of minutes and talk about the New Cub
Leader basic and supplimental training. We've now had a year of the new
training to judge it's merits and pitfalls and I'm looking for others
observations and inputs on it. At Philmont this summer representatives
from National tried to put a hard sell on the new training plan. One of
the anologies they used was that the old training was like throwing a
dozen tennis balls at someone at once. It got the idea accross but what
was wrong in the follow up, the individual needing training didn't get to
choose or specify what training they needed or wanted.
All of us are once again getting an influx of new leaders in our Packs.
We're forming Dens and hopefully fast starting these new leaders to get
them started for the first couple of weeks before a Basic training
session is available. But here is where the new basic fails,IMHO. What does
that new, fragile leader need. If they were like me
and the new leaders I deal with, they need to know "how to entertain" a
group of 7 year olds at a den meeting each week not a more or less four
hour waving of the "rule book". A Pow Wow may be months away. A great
deal of the burden is now put on the roundtables and that's ok if they
can make them. The next step is the "supplemental Trainings". Just saw
those and they again deal with the "rule book" and are redundant to
the basic training. It is not until the fourth "supplement" that the
program material is presented a full 9 months to year after these
leaders have come on board. I'm afraid we'll lose them long before that.
Sorry for the long post but I wanted to get others take on this while I
vented a bit about it.
Hank Heine firstname.lastname@example.org
SM Troop 615,COR Pack 461
National Pike Dist.
Baltimore Area Council
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