Re: New SCM-How to jump start the PLC
Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG)
Thu, 17 Sep 1998 10:40:49 -0400
At 12:00 AM 9/17/98 -0500, my friend and professional colleague, Mark Arend
>>> *GET YOUR YOUTH LEADERS TRAINED
>>Absolutely essential to really get this going. Our district offered White
>>training for the first time in memory a month ago...
>This is a particular complaint of mine. There used to be a District level
>junior leader training course which was phazed out about 6 or 8 years ago in
>favor of the new Troop training.
>Now there's just a Troop level training and the week-long Council course.
>Now, these are both great programs but I think a mistake was made by
>throwing out that District course. Now the burden of training has been put
>on the Troop (I know, I know, it belongs there) and too many Troops just do
>not do it, or do not do it correctly.
>I would love for there to be a District course to expand on what the junior
>leaders are learning in their Troops. I think we'd have better trained
I was on the staff for our Council's JLTC. It was a wonderful expereience.
We set up the patrols so that the boys from the same troops were *not*
together. In my post-course interviews with the scouts from my troop, that
was one of the items which they all mentioned in a favorable light
"learning to get along with folks you don't know very well."
Now, putting on my District Committee (Member-at-Large) hat, I suggest that
youtake your comments to the District's Training Committee. In my district
they always report at each committee meeting. Ask for it. There may be
reasons why it can't be done (critical mass), but it may just need a prod
to start. If your district cannot support it (attendance OR staffing),
perhaps a couple of districts can pool resources to do one.
That's my 2 cents for today.
CC, Troop 68 Trumbull CT
Michael A. Golrick
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