Re: Selecting Leadres versus Trainers ????
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM)
Thu, 10 Sep 1998 18:24:09 -0400
In a message dated 9/10/98 7:58:25 AM, bobscout39@HOTMAIL.COM wrote:
<<When selecting "trainers" for say JLT, SMF and Wood Badge - is it more
important to have staff with good Leadership traits and skills or those
who have good TEACHING skills? You can't always get both in one
I believe there is a third factor to be considered, particularly for Wood
Badge staffs, and that is the growth opportunity for the individual "trainer."
Many councils have a few "professional" trainers who are wonderful people,
great trainers and may have good Leadership skills. But the occasional
training course is all they do now in Scouting. Their information may be a
bit out of date and they may be a bit critical of how Scouting is now and what
is happening in Scouting. But there can become a clique of these individuals
who run training and who populate the training course staffs.
Service on training staffs is a great learning and growth experience for the
staff member, particularly service on a Wood Badge staff. As the person
selecting, your responsibility is not only to the participants. Your
responsibility is to your entire district and council and that means giving
leaders who have the potential and interest to be key leaders in the district
and council the opportunity to have experiences to take their Scouting "to the
next level." And this is an absolutely essential part of running a training
course even if it means that the quality perceived by the participants is a
bit less professional and spectacular.
In one WB staff development, we heard that you don't want your course to be so
spectacular with so many great things prepared long in advance with a lot of
work. You don't want the participants sitting open mouthed in awe of
everything going on as if it were Disney World saying to themselves "Isn't
this amazing! We could never do this!" You rather want them to be saying,
"This is really, really good. But if we work hard and learn we can be this
So if you have some solid current leaders who need some additional skills I
believe it is a duty of your course to allow them to serve as staff and to
improve their training ability and knowledge of the program. I believe that
in a WB course, there are several "courses" going on simultaneously. One
"course" is for participants, another for first time staff, another for repeat
staff, another for the Course Director, another for the Course Advisor, etc.
Each of those can be a major learning experience for the individual
But you do want to have a couple of those "professional" trainers around.
When you are standing on top of the cliff with the wind blowing cold, it is
nice to have some partners who have been there before.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City