Cub Overnight Training
Kelly Parker (r13867@EMAIL.SPS.MOT.COM)
Tue, 14 Jul 1998 07:51:37 -0700
Vicky from Cascade Pacific asked about Cub Leader Outdoor Training:
I don't know if the syllabus is still around, but there was a
standard for Webelos Leader Overnight Training. If you can't find one,
the booklet for Webelos Woods does have some fairly good plans for a
boy-oriented overnight that could be adapted.
Having said that, I would suggest you go with Plan B, and make one
up. You want to start with a good opening, welcoming your leaders and
previewing the training. A round-robin format works very well for larger
groups, mixing active and listening activities with a changeover every
half hour. Sessions could include: Basic knots, campsite setup,
firebuilding/safety, rules for Youth Protection, Camp Cooking (foil
dinners, dutch oven, easy desserts), basic compass work, program
planning, dealing with getting boys to bed, available campsites--both
BSA and gov't camp areas. During your Round-Robin, assign participants
as helpers for the Campfire (give them parts in skits, run-ons, and
songs). If possible, get a ceremony team from your local chapter of Ordr
of the Arrow to do a fire-lighting ceremony in full Native American
regalia--very impressive for new leaders when you tell them these are
honor Boy Scouts!
After a campfire, which should be a mix of songs, skits, run-ons,
and a closing story, have "Cracker-barrel" with snacks and quiet
socializing and chat. Lights out.
Get the coffee going early--I've actually used a hundred cupper on a
timer. Early birds might want to do a little hiking, or draft 'em to
help prep and serve breakfast. Morning flag salute, prayer (don't forget
the Duty to God stuff), and maybe a uniform inspection. We then do the
4-hour Basic, followed by Youth Protection Training. You may want to do
one of the quarterly supplemental training sections instead.
Probably one of the biggest things is to work it so that from the
time people enter the grounds to the moment they leave, they are
immersed in learning and doing Cub Scout leadership. You can break them
into dens for yells and spirit competition. Have them make flags and
lead songs as a group. If problems of the "everyday world" intrude,
focus back on Cub Scouting. The biggest thing you are doing is putting
them through a good example of a Pack overnighter. They are the Cub
Scouts, they will learn through having fun, and grow through friendship.
Remember how it felt for Wood Badge?
Use the tools--KISMIF--and you'll do great.
COR,Troop 110 CM, Pack 43 MC, GSUSA Troop
Firebird District Cub Roundtable Commissioner Camelback Neighborhood
Grand Canyon Council Cactus-Pine
Phoenix, AZ "and a good ol' Eagle, too "
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City