Re: Cub Scout Leader Training
Marie E. Lackore (mlackore@ATHENET.NET)
Wed, 18 Sep 1996 13:02:35 +0000
HENRY S. HEINE wrote:
> 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.
I thought that this question would never be asked!
I hate the new four-hour training and the supplements!
When we used the eight-hour sylabus, we trained over 125 leaders each
year in the Cub Scout program. And that was before we merged two
districts and increased our leadership by half of what it was (we had
50 packs, now have 75). With the four-hour training, we are training
only have of the 125 figure.
The feedback we are getting from the volunteers is as follows:
The training is too dry.
There are no hands-on activities.
Rules and regulations are fine, but what about the real stuff?
We had a fantastic eight-hour training. It wasn't broke! So...why
did we try to fix it?
Our four-hour training is getting a bad reputation. Leaders are
telling other leaders how dull it is and to not go. It's pathetic.
And I am sorry...but a training staff is hard pressed to cover what
needs to be covered in four hours. There is no way you can add
anything fun to the sylabus.
In the past, we have always used Pow Wow and our monthly Roundtables
for supplemental training, and my suggestion would be to "put it
back, the way it was, put it back the way it was!"
National needs to admit they goofed on this, swallow their pride and
move forward and make it better!
Marie E. Lackore
A loyal Green Bay Packer Fan
Family Camping Group Coordinator
(among other things)
Gathering Waters District, Bay-Lakes Council
Appleton, WI 54914
I used to be a BEAR, a good old BEAR too...
Super Bowl XXXI...here we come!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City