Michael J Pagelkopf (mjpagel@SPARC.ISL.NET)
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 16:00:48 -0500
In the fall of 1995, Gamehaven Council conducted its first ever council wide
Scoutmastership Fundamentals training. Having served as the Scoutmaster for
the previous two Scoutmastership Fundamentals training events for Hiawatha
District I was asked to serve in that capacity for the council event.
One change that was made was to incorporated the second session training
period into the weekend experience. This was done by using Friday night and
Saturday morning to present the material.
The incorporation of the second session into the weekend training creates a
time frame for training very similar to Wood Badge. The participants arrive
at Friday to set up their camp. We go through the setup procedure as it
appears for the weekend.
What the council has found is that the Friday evening helps to bring the
patrol members together. Additional planning time for the weekend is
provided at the end of the first session. However, the responsibility for
the planning is given to the patrol itself. The need to meet and plan is a
patrol decision, not that of the staff. The patrol leaves session one with
all the information of what needs to be accomplished for the weekend. If a
patrol wants to meet prior to the weekend session they are free to do so.
Because of the importance of session one planning that impacts the weekend
session, volunteers that sign-up for training commit to the entire training
experience, beginning with session one. Partial participant is not allowed
nor it is encouraged.
Similiar to Wood Badge training, Scoutmastership Fundamentals does require a
committment of time and self. Those that want to be trained will be trained.
I would not encourage a "non-weekend format". Scoutmastership Fundamentals
is yet another small opportunity that allows the adult to experience
Scouting as a young man. The patrol method is key to the that experience.
Removing the weekend will probably remove the experience.
I would further encourage you to look at the big picture of training for
your district or council. The needs and time schedules of the volunteers
are to complex to fall prey to the needs and time schedules of a few
volunteers or a single unit.
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Hiawatha District - Gamehaven Council SE Minnesota
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City