Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Training Chairman
Re: Training Chairman
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 11:27:54 -0500
Ron, congratulations! As a Council Training Chairman, you can have a
profound effect on the quality of your Council's leadership, and through
that, the quality of the program your units deliver.
Here's my opinion on your questions:
1. We have a Council Cub Scout Chairman and a Council Boy Scout
Chairman, both reporting to the Council Training Chairman. The
two training programs are very different, and as long as the two
coordinators stay in touch with each other on scheduling (so we don't
double-book a trainer or a facility), we work well independently.
We meet with the Council Training Chairman once a month to go over
plans and help each other out as appropriate.
2. We are a very small (Class 51) council, and offer SMF once a year.
We tried doing it twice, but the second course didn't attract enough
participants to make it worthwhile.
3. We offer Cub Scout Leader Basic Training around nine times a year.
We schedule six courses in the fall and one in the winter, and then
we usually add a few based on last-minute demand (usually in the
4. We have organized our Council so that the Rountable Commissioners
report to the Training Coordinators, not to the District
Commissioner. When we see the need to inject formal training, we do
it; otherwise, the Roundtable program pretty much follows the book.
5. We offer everything BSA publishes, though sometimes we cancel a
course due to lack of registrants. We also custom-build training
courses as needed, such as the University of Cub Scouting, a special
session for Patrol Leaders, or a home-made course for District
6. I have found Cub Scout Trainer Wood Badge to be extremely beneficial
to trainers, and I encourage all my Cub Scout trainers to
participate. We have not found a correlation between Boy Scout Wood
Badge and increased training skills, so it's not emphasized for Boy
7. Of course, it's up to you how many hats you wear. The role of the
Council Training Chairman is as big or as small as you make it. To
do it well, it has to be your *first* job, and any others have to be
8. Some people probably do this job in an hour a week. If you present
the same courses in the same way at the same times every year, it
doesn't take much to keep the wheels turning. However, if you want
to keep your training program alive, interesting, and up to date, it
takes more heart and soul than that.
Cub Scout Training Chairman
Rip Van Winkle Council, NY