Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Troop Committee Training (Long)
Troop Committee Training (Long)
Michael J Pagelkopf
Fri, 23 Oct 1998 10:55:14 -0500
There has been a thread of comments regarding Troop Committee Training. The
recent postings are correct that the vehicle for a troop committee member to
receive the trained patch is by completing Scoutmastership Fundamentals.
With that said, on Saturday, October 24th, Gamehaven Council - SE Minnesota
will be conducting its second Troop Commitee Training event. This one day
of training is patterened after a training syllabus that was developed and
is being used by Indianhead Council, St. Paul, Minnesota. The training
syllabus that was developed by Indianhead Council has been shared with
national in the hope that a national syllabus for Troop Committee Training
would be developed.
The outline of training as used by Gamehaven Council is built around the
Troop Commitee Guidebook. At the core of the training are 30 minute
sessions in round-robin fashion dealing with the five key positions on the
troop committee: chairperson, secretary, treasurer, advancement,
outdoor/activity. To that material we have added presentations on youth
protection, membership, forms, and others.
Our council training committee approved troop committee training as the
vehicle to have the troop committee member receive a trained patch. Like
Indianhead Council, Gamehaven has found this approach to be of tremendous
value in providing meaningful training to members of the troop committee.
Scoutmastership Fundamentals does not provide the material nor the venue to
train new or current members of the troop committee. In our first attempt
in 1997 we had 18 particpants. In 1998 we will have 30. With over 300
volunteers registered as a troop committee members in our council we see
nothing but growth with this training.
Included in our presentation is reference to Scoutmastership Fundamentals
and the encouragment for the troop committee member to take that training as
their next level. (We also stress that Scoutmastership Fundamentals remains
the one and only prerequisite to Wood Badge.) Troop committee members that
take troop committee training are #1 on the mailing list for Scoutmastership
In both comments and attendance the council has found that this level of
training is much needed by troop committee members and has been well
received. The training offers members of the commitee information that is
specfiic to their position as well as the overview of the committee and it's
relationship to the troop and unit leaders.
Having served as Scoutmaster for Scoutmastership Fundamentals I recognized
very early that Fundamentals was not the training needed by new committee
members. Scoutmastership Fundamentals was training for scouters at the unit
level. The administrative portion of Scoutmastership Fundamentals in no way
provided training to a committee member regarding their job. Interestingly
enought is the fact that in 1998 we will have five unit leaders taking troop
committee training (by participation and not for any training recognition)
to better understand the the role and function of the troop committee.
In sharing this information with Scouts-L I do not wish to be part of
discussion on the my council deciding to award a trained patch to an adult
volunteer for this training. That is, was, and will be a decision made at
the council level. All I can do is share with this group that this level
and form of training was needed in the council and I would venture to say is
needed in other councils to better involve and train members of the troop
I have no syllabus that I can offer Scouts-L simply because the information
on the five key positions is taken from the Troop Committee booket and
supplemented by the experience of the presentor. What I will do is to post
next week the outline of the day which identifies the topics covered.
I really hope that national jumps on this training opportunity.
1998 Chairperson, Gamehaven Council Troop Committee Training