Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Thu, 17 Jul 1997 13:20:04 -0400
There have been numerous postings concerning training. Here's one more.
Our troop is classified as a large one (80+ Scouts). To join, at least
one parent/guardian of each boy must agree to help the troop in some way
in executing our annual planned program.
We require adults who go camping to register with the B.S.A. Others are
"encouraged" to register so they will receive "Scouting" magazine, our
council's newsletter and other council mailings.
Currenly, we have 68 active registered adults. Of these, 15 have
completed the Scoutmastership Fundamentals training. Two of these 15
are Wood Badge trained. Attendance by our adults at monthly district
Roundtables is not great...usually no more than two or three adults. We
show the "Fast Start" video at least once a year (usually more often).
Everyone who goes to summer camp/high adventure MUST go through Youth
Protection training every three years. We encourage our adults to
obtain and read "A Guide to Safe Scouting" and we provide each new
family with a copy of our 25-page Troop Handbook which has a good bit of
historical troop information and tells in detail how we operate.
Basically, we feel that providing "Fast Start" to our new adults, having
most of them register so they receive "Scouting," requiring those who
attend summer camp/high adventure to go though Youth Protection,
encouraging them to read "A Guide to Safe Scouting" and providing them
with our Troop Handbook is adequate training for most. If they want
more training (usually 2 to 4 do each year), we encourage them to go
through Scoutmastership Fundamentals.
We "push" Youth Training a whole lot more than we do adult training. We
have an annual troop JLT and we encourage our boys to attend our
council's week long JLT by paying half the fee for each boy who attends.
We encourage older Scouts to go through C.O.P.E. at summer camp and to
take part in high adventure activities which help them develop their
This approach to training work for us.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
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