Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Cub Scout Leader Basic Training Course Online
Cub Scout Leader Basic Training Course Online
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 13:23:36 -0500
I'd like to toss out an idea and see what folks think. Let me start by
givinng some background, some considerations, and then a proposal.
Many of us now and in previous discussions have shared thoughts on the
reasoning behind cutting Cub Scout Leader Basic Training back to four hours,
the need for more leader training, the desires of new Cub Scouters to have
more operating knowledge of how things work and how to do things, etc.
We've talked about alternatives on the local level ranging from extra
training sessions to stretched sessions to training at roundtables.
Throughout all of this I've heard many examples of Cub Scouters wanting more
how to information. There have been comments on the health of Cub Scouting
programs when the leaders don't have the information they need to conduct a
On our website at http://usscouts.org, one of the most popular areas is a
Cub Scouting roundtable online, where literally thousands of leaders have
gone to extra information to augment whatever they were getting/not getting
at home. Don DeYoung's Cub Scouting website gets a huge number of
visitors - Cub leaders trying to find answers and information. This
suggests to me that if a resource is available, a fairly large number of
folks will use that resource.
While there is no substitute for hands-on face-to-face training when it
comes to inter-personal reactions, there is certainly room to augment that
training using all available techniques. One such technique is online
training via the web. With the soaring increase in numbers of inexpensive
home computers, more and more people are using the web as a virtual
encyclopedia of information, searching to find answers to a myrid of
Online training can be useful when an end-user can pace his/her progress
according to the time available and pick up on training in digestable
chunks. It can get around the argument of not having eight hours to sit
through training. And if past experience is any indicator of success, a
site offering a high quality training experience can and will attract a
large number of users.
In a few months I would like to make available on the web an online
supplement to Cub Scout Leader Basic Training that covers all of the topics
in the eight hour syllabus along with specialized how to information at a
single location for core information with links all across the web to
reference material so that a new Cub Scout leader can go to one place and
harvest as much information as they want or need.
Ideally, a leader would be able to move from page to page through a training
curriculum and at each point have the option to click on links that lead to
specialized information on just about any topic, concept, or item presented
(some information being onsite and some at other sites - using the vast
resources already on the web).
This would be a huge undertaking and will require the efforts of many hands
in a cooperative venture to produce the best results. It will also require
a lot of shared information to produce something top notch.
As a virtual Cub Scout Leader Training Chair, I am as of today recruiting
for a staff of virtual Cub Scout Leader Trainers, individuals willing to
produce content, generate creative ideas, and collaborate in determining how
best to present information. I am also recruiting for people that have ideas
on how to make training interactive and to write html in support of other
trainers. If you would be interested in such a venture I would like to hear
from you directly with a short note indicating your Cub Scout Training
background and/or web skills, areas of interest, and level of support you
might be able to offer. If there is enough support/interest I'll set up a
training team list and begin serious discussions with individuals who are
willing to participate so that we can begin our work.
Likewise, I'd be interested in seeing the reaction you all have to such a
Mike Bowman a/k/a Professor Beaver (email@example.com)
Webmastering in the Scouting Spirit from Alexandria, VA