Re: Training renewals
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Thu, 17 Jul 1997 11:54:15 -0500
Bob Caron asked:
>I'm curious as to which BSA training offerings must be renewed
>periodically and when. For some it seems obvious that they are one-time
>training (like Scout Leader Basic), for some it is common knowledge (like
>annually for CPR).
>But what about the others like Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, Ethics
>in Action, Youth Protection, and so forth?
The BSA suggests through their professional staffs that ALL Scouters should:
*Attend the Youth Protection program once every three years.
*Participates and completes their registered position training course once
every three years
*Participates activily in some sort of "continuing education" (like
Roundtable/Huddle/Exchanges/Conclaves) at least four times a year
*complete the training plan for their registered position; or in the case of
those District/Council-level Scouters, to assist others with completion of
their training plan through coaching efforts.
This makes sense for several key reasons:
*The BSA updates and refines training courses at least once every three
years. This allows a year of "seeing what works", another year to put it
down on paper and a year to "seeing if it'll work in Peoria" (in other
words, field testing and evaluating it at Philmont and within Quality
Councils to see if indeed it's something that most Councils can use and work
*The training plan for awards and recognitions as well as professional
tenure is during a three-year span.
*It's been the BSA's experience that most volunteers tend to "spin out"
after that third year (recent experience and research says that it's now two
years, which is why many of the Cub Scout training awards are based on
two-year spans instead of three years as traditionally)
*A three-year span allows that volunteer to spend that first year attending
the training and learning about the BSA, the unit and the local Council; the
second year would be an application of that training and experiences and the
third year would be spent attending advanced training and application as
well as to coach new Scouters within that unit and to "handoff" the position
to the new leader while bringing the unit up to a new level.
*Many of our leaders are parents or guardians of youth members of our units;
most units have a three to four year cycle of advancement (Cub Scouting, Boy
Scouting) or run a three year program (Exploring); thereby allowing those
parents to "grow with their children".
*Leader Basic courses should be taken whenever there's a significant change
in the program, which ideally is once every three years.
*Supplemental training (Safe Swim Defense, Ethics in Action, Youth
Protection programs, etc.) should be integrated into monthly/quarterly
continuing education programs (Roundtables, etc.) and should be updated once
every three years or when changes to the policies warrant it
*Advanced training programs (Wood Badge, National Camping School,
Exploring Advanced Seminars) are normally good for a five-year period of
time, in which during that time many Councils offer refreshers or
*There is NO SUCH THING as taking a course once within your adult Scouting
experience and "it's still good". As the program experiences changes during
the years, volunteers need to be aware of those changes and training is the
outlet in which the BSA certifies that their leadership are aware of and
agrees to conduct their programs by those changes. As I've stated earlier
in a related posting, lots of Councils want to avoid "telling" longtime
volunteers, many of those running great units, that their "Cornerstone" or
"Basic Scoutmasters' Training" courses taken back in the 60s or 70s isn't
any good anymore and that they MUST take a Scoutmaster Fundamentals course
in order to "be trained"; so they "grandfather" anyone that have received
training at any time previously and thus increases the number of "trained
top leaders". That's not exactly right. The BSA needs everyone to be "on
the same sheet of music" to hold down problems (read that as "lawsuits").
When a Scouter hasn't attending the YPT and his Scoutermastership training
goes back to 1966,
many of the things that "he's allowing" in his Troop isn't acceptable to
*today's* BSA standards, and he needs to know about it and how to modify his
unit's program so that it does meet today's BSA standards.
This is also an important reason why our Commissioners' staffs are so very
important to the success of the Council and District's training program.
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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