Scouting for Life, Continued
Jim Peterson (EC92@AOL.COM)
Tue, 11 Nov 1997 16:03:43 -0500
We seem to agree that a program of training to help those leaders most likely
to be affected by suicide seems important to add to National's training
programs. Now let me sound foolish: Where do you add it?
We've already had one member state it *should not* be part of YPG, so do you
add it to the existing training (at least an introduction to the subject
added to SMF and Advisor Basic with a more detailed course of study in
another place?) or as an entirely separate course?
And do you develop it at several different levels so that Commissioners pick
up part at University of Scouting (or equivalent) and the front line troops
get a more detailed dose? Should there be training for the Professional Staff
(is there already and we just don't know about it)?
And if its like YPG how do you get it out to everyone under the same rules?
(Sorry, side story: I left a council that told us when my oldest was a Tiger
Cub that we HAD to have at least one YPG trained person at every event. I
myself trained one entire Pack. Every District had to present the course at
least twice a year, even Exploring which includes their YPG with the Advisor
course - which s aother story. My oldest gets Eagle, moves to Exploring so
he's over 14, we move to a new home and new council where we find out they're
still discussing who has to be trained and who can be an instructor. Hardly
what we want to see occur with our new suggestion.)
As a side note, I have two people searching internet sites for more data on
suicide and prevention, and on rates in population age groups and region, if
anyone comes up with a site besides the two mentioned already, please send
the URL to me.
Finally, don't let my attempts to compile information curtail any discussion
or any points you may still have to make for the list's benefit, but personal
messages that can help with the project would be best off the list so we're
not eating up John's bandwidth.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City