Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 07:47:52 -0500
I appreciate all who have sent me email on my request for help. I think
maybe I need to give a little more background on the OWL/Basic training
that is showing a very poor attendance.
I have been on the training staff for four years. I have always promoted
training at Roundtables even before becoming the RT Commish. I *BELIEVE*
in training so I think it's easy for me to come across sincerely about the
need for it.
The training staff I have is mostly new. They are great and enthusiastic.
Like me, they thought training was a blast and wanted to be part of the fun.
Basic is offered this late in the year for those who did not believe they
needed it in September when we offered it. Outdoor Webelos Leader training
has always been held for the past 3 years at this same time and has been
on the district calendar. We usually average about 12 people for OWL and
about 6-10 for Basic.
We let the people who want to have both, get both. After lunch, they will
go to the breakouts that the OWL people have. We make sure they get the
handouts from the previous sessions that they missed.
I have really pushed at several Roundtables (and my own pack meetings) for
the Bear leaders to take this and any Webe that has not had it.
The campfire/cracker barrel has always been a highlight when we hand out
the awards and just have a good 'ole time.
This is the first time that we have ever sent flyers out in the hope that
people would get motivated and to reach those who don't come to Roundtable.
We've had training sessions in the past where we have had more staff than
attendees, but not for this course...that usually happens at our Cub Workshop.
After listening to people complain that Basic is not offered, it's just
a little hard to stomach. I also know of one pack that is planning on doing
their own Basic. I have big problems with this in that the person leading
it, while Cub Woodbadge Trained and Train the Trainer, has never been on
our training staff. I'm sure she knows more than I ever will, but I don't
think it's right. I was told by my training chair that even though I was
on training staff, I could not give a SWAT (Accelerated Basic Class) to my
pack because I have never done one. So she trained me on how to do one.
On the above issue, I made sure the District Commish and District Exec knew.
I told them that if they sanctioned this, I thought it would be wrong, and
give a bad precedence.
cub roundtable commissioner/arrowhead district
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