Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Training chairman
Sat, 14 Nov 1998 09:13:50 -0700
First of all, Ron, congratulations. Being "promoted" to the
district committee is an honor you must deserve for service
to your unit and to the district. Secondly, I think I have
a way to prevent you from following in your mentor's
footsteps, heart attacks and all. It's called your District
Training Committee. Maybe your predecessor had those heart
attacks because he did all the work and did not delegate
authority or "share leadership". Heard that before?
Why not write a "ticket" about this job? Personal opinion
about this position:
Get someone to do the cub scout side, get someone to do the
boy scout side, then have them both report to you the week
before the Committee meeting and you simply make your report
to the District Committee. Shared leadership.
Survey your units, ask them who needs training, and what
kind. Ask them when and how often. That is using "needs and
characteristics of the group," "communicating," and the list
goes on to form your ticket. Don't have time to write a
ticket? Use everyone else who helped earlier on this
committee and ask if they would like to rotate jobs for a
year or stay in the same? You are offering them a choice
which does not include "no." That's using resources.....and
an old sales closing technique (Do you want to start on
Tuesday or thursday?)
Remember, you are the District Training Committee Chairman,
not the District Training person.
>From personal experience, I have worked with a very young
and very frustrated DE, who happened to get a real gung-ho
District Commissioner, who happened to recruit two gung-ho
Roundtable Commissioners (his wife and me) and now the DE,
the DC and I are getting so excited about new ideas and way
to present things, I think we are leaving the district
training committee behind in the dust, because they can't
keep up with us. I am also supposed to serve on the Dist.
Training Comm., but I have discovered I have been coming to
the Dist. Comm. meetings more often than the Training Chmn.
Use you resources, before someone else takes them away from
As far as the relationship between RT staff and the TC, I
made some great plans for RT topics, then when I read the
courses for our Univ. of Scouting, they had most of the
topics covered there. Lack of Communications on their part.
Run the CLB and the SMF twice a year only if you have that
many people who need it. It's better to have twenty there
than only five or six.
Do resign from your SM job. Maybe one of your ASM's would
like the job.
It will take more than one hour a week, you will get caught
up in it and your wife will eventually put a limit on it for
you. I spend about 8 hours a week on this computer on
Scouts-L, wdbadge-L, rec.scouting.usa, etc. as it is now.
Finally, never be afraid to ask for help, from you
committee, from your DE or from us.
District Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
SM Emeritus, Troop 30
and a good old fox too...