Re: Den Chief Training
James D Wellborn 325 795 2010 (WELLBOJ@MAIL.FIRN.EDU)
Fri, 5 Dec 1997 15:56:22 -0500
At Gulf Ridge Council, centered in Tampa, Florida and on the west
coast. the council offers an excellent Den Chief's Training session
annually at University of Scouting. Other than this, it seems pretty much
up to the units involved. My PhD thesis focused on the district utilizing
Webelos to Scout transition supports and my comments are based on this
District in the Council, only.
There was a major discrepency between what the Troops saw
themselves as providing and what the Packs felt was being provided.
Of the Packs replying to a questionaire, only one stated that they had any
"formal" training sessions and that as a joint Pack-Troop effort. Of the
Troops, one stated they provided some training and the others stated that
they did not.
At the time I was a Bear to Webelos leader I had a Den Chief. I
was responsible for any training. I had the good fortune to have known his
family for a while (common to other Den Chief participants) as well as
having had him in a class I was teaching (totally unrealated to Scouting).
The Den Chiefs handbook is one of the (few) fairly decent official
youth self-education manuals left currently in print. I suggest that the
Scout AND the adult, if s/he is newish or hasn't read it, get it and read
Ideally, the adult and the Scout will have a premeeting planning
session and a post meeting evaluation with a "wutz next" preview. Due to
the nature of hectic sheduling, all too often the Den Chief and adult(s)
rush off to the next obligation without much interaction other than a
surface "how'd it go? See ya next time.".
I guess it's the nature of a volunteer organization. Great ideas
for training exist... coordinating logistics, presentation and
participation fall into the catagory of "by will and grace".
So, for what it's worth ....
Jim Wellborn Gulf Ridge Council
email@example.com Crystal River, FL
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City