Re: trained leaders
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Sun, 20 Apr 1997 12:51:31 -0600
In our troop, we have no requirement that there must be a trained leader
for a campout. I am aware of no such rule, either.
I do not consider training to be optional. However, National must be
aware that for some troops, it is difficult to get leaders to training.
If it was easy for every troop, trained leadership wouldn't be a
required element for the Quality Unit award.
I also do not consider the lack of training to be a knock on an adult's
ability to help the boys, either in meetings or on campouts. This past
weekend, our troop went camping. As of right now, I am the only trained
leader (out of 6). 3 others are hopefully going in May. In any case,
three untrained leaders took the boys out. They had, from what I've been
told, a wonderful time. These untrained leaders didn't miss a beat with
I stress training in my troop as much as I possibly can. But if my
adults make the choice not to go, I don't get rid of them. I try ot
educate them even more. But telling them they can't do things or that
there can't be a campout without a "trained" leader present is like
telling these adults who aren't trained that they need some sort of
chaperone. I would never do it.
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City