Re: Cub Scout Leader Training
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Wed, 18 Sep 1996 15:46:00 PDT
My wife is District Cub Training Chair and this year is also Council
Pow Wow Chair. She's not pleased with the new 4-hour syllabus
and she's definitely unhappy about the supplemental training.
I understand the idea of reducing the length of Basic Training to
attract more leaders who used the old "too busy" excuse to
avoid training in the past. But maybe the course isn't long
enough to do the job right. The council has put on a Cub Scout
Advancement course a couple of times and they cannot
understand why nobody comes. I thought it was a council
created course but it sounds like it may be one of these new
After taking basic training and been around Cub Scouting for awhile
I can't imagine what I'd get out of a class title Cub Scout Advancement.
I can certainly understand why nobody attends this class. It's
easier to get me for a whole Saturday than it is to get me for multiple
half days of basic and supplemental training. If a person is
certified trained after Basic, there isn't much motivation for going
for the supplemental courses. This is not the case with hands on
training such as Outdoor Webelos Leader (OWL) Training.
These supplemental courses also are competing for the limited
time us volunteers have to spend. And they are competing against
our own programs: roundtable, Pow Wow, University of Scouting.
My wife feels that both the supplemental training and UofS are
bad for Pow Wow attendance.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City