Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: CSLBT (4 hours?) formerly, What's new at National?
Re: CSLBT (4 hours?) formerly, What's new at National?
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 09:18:52 -0500
Chris, Ed, Larry, et al,
You are right when you say that the real problem is getting new Cub
leaders to attend the training at all. It doesn't matter so much whether
it's 4, 6, or 8 hours. Once they get there the vast majority are more
than willing and eager to learn. I also believe that 4 hours in not
enough to do a good training job, but that's another discussion.
We have the largest District in our Council (Central FL) with 55+ Packs
in 5 Zones. We train 200=B1 leaders a year and, with the exception of one
Zone (inner city with a set of problems unique to that group), have a
trained ratio of 80%+. This is not easy but very doable. There are (3)
keys to its success:
1) Recruit a Training TEAM COMMITED to training, not other things with
training as a fun sideline. It starts with a dedicated Cub Training
Chair (year-round job).
2) PROMOTE - plan and publish training schedule by end of July, before
School Nites start, have a flyer in the "school nite kit" to pass out to
every new registered adult with time/date/place of each training
3) Make training CONVENIENT & AVAILABLE - this is why you need a
dedicated training team. We hold about 10-12 scheduled training sessions
each fall., and a few more in the spring. We hold both Sat. and
Tue./Thur. classes (7-8 hour module). We coordinate training locations
with the DE's school nite schedule to make sure training classes follow
within a week or so in the neighborhoods of the new "recruits". It took
us three years to "train" our DE to sequentially move thru the Zones
with some regularity when scheduling school nites so he wasn't skipping
across the District from nite to nite. This greatly facilitates the
CONVENIECE factor as it allows for multiple close opportunities for
training within a few weeks of signup. In addition, the training team
will go to any pack(s) that can gather 4 or more adults together for
training at their request & convenience. This accounts for another 5-6
sessions a year.
Two other tips to complete the circle: we require the new recruits to
come to the next RT to receive their "Trained" strips. This does two(or
more) things, it introduces them to the RT meetings and it provides a
wonderful opportunity right off the bat for recognition before their
peers. As an aside, our RT attendance has increased significantly since
we started doing this two years ago. The second tip is to MAKE IT FUN.
It really does help if the training is fun and captivating. The adults
enjoy it more and the time flies by. They go back to their units and the
word spreads that training is really fun, not boring, and you now have
"good press" and advocates for training in every unit.
If you stuck it out this long, I hope this all helped and that you
enjoyed your mini-training in CSLBT. If you're still here it was
obviously captivating....so good luck and train well. You may only get
this ONE chance to hook them into Scouting.
Commissioner, Central Florida Council (Orlando)
Chulee Afopkeh Chapter, Tipsa Lodge 326
". . . and now I'm finished Beavering,
. . . . so I'm going to work my ticket ('til I die)"