Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: JLT-L -- A NEW EMAIL LIST!
JLT-L -- A NEW EMAIL LIST!
Donald W. Miles
Wed, 7 Apr 1999 14:04:41 -0400
JLT-L : Junior Leader Training list:
A new Scouting email list (Internet discussion group) -- JLT-L -- has been
created for discussions about Boy Scout Junior Leader Training, both within
troops and at district and council level.
A special emphasis of JLT-L is about ideas to strengthen and improve the 6-day
council-level Junior Leader Training Conference aimed at senior patrol leaders,
but discussion about all levels of boy leadership training is welcome and
Leadership training is an important part of the "educational model" used by our
Scouting movement. Since VERY few of us are born with a complete set of
"natural" leadership skills, the rest of us have to learn to lead as best we
can. Everybody needs (and gets...we hope!) leadership training in Scouting.
When this training is aimed at adults, we call it Scoutmastership Fundamentals,
Wood Badge, or some such.
When leadership training is aimed at the youth in Scouting, we call it Junior
Leader Training, or JLT.
Scouting provides JLT in a number of ways, ranging from specialized training
events to an ongoing "on-the-job" training program in each Scout unit. Official
training events range from unit training (SM's JLT Training Kit) to Council
training (Junior Leader Training Conference) to national training (National
Junior Leader Instructor Camp). Many areas have experimented with variations of
these training events (cluster training with the SM's JLT Kit, resurrecting the
old JLOW, weekend format for JLTC, etc.).
The spectrum of JLT: why it's done, how it's done, how to do it better, is the
subject matter of JLT-L.
Thanks for the many messages from those who responded to our first request and
said they wanted to join this JLT list. We have signed all of you up for JLT-L,
but if you've changed your mind, just send the
(without the quotation marks) and you'll be signed-off.
Please let us know if you don't get the JLT-L "intro" message, which contains
instructions about how the list works. Be sure to let us know if we can help in
If you haven't already asked us to subscribe to this new list, JLT-L, you should
just send an email message to:
put the following command in the body of the email message:
leave the subject box blank and if you have an automatic signature block gizzy,
either turn it off or put the following command on the next line under the
After subscribing, you should get two messages back from JLT-L (within a minute
or two if everything is working right):
the first will tell you that your "subscribe" command "succeeded";
the second will be a "Welcome to JLT-L" message, explaining details about the
content of and how to use the list.
Once you get the "succeeded" message, you can send messages to the list.
To send a message after subscribing to JLT-L, just address it to:
If you have any questions about JLT-L, you can email me, or the JLT-L list
moderator, Charlie Thorpe, at:
Regarding how JLT-L got started, several people suggested to me after
discussions on the list SCouts-L that there ought to be a list like SCOUTS-L
that focused on junior leader training issues. Two fine people, Doug Gentry,
webmaster of the Bowline group of Scouting lists, from California, and Charlie
Thorpe, a Scouter and listmaster of a number of outdoors-related lists, in
Alabama, both offered to get such a junior leader training email list and some
web-based resources going.
Charlie and Doug have collaborated in getting this JLT-L online, through the
generous hosting of Charlie's contacts on the JLT-L host server at the
University of Alabama, and of Doug's web-based community of Scout-related lists,
the Bowline Scouting Community, http://www.bowline.org,, located on
There is an archive of the JLT-L list messages located at:
We hope soon also to have a JLT-L FAQ on www.bowline.org.
Enjoy the new JLT-L!
-- Don Miles, Bethlehem, PA
Minsi Trails Council Junior Leader Training staff, '97-'99
("I used to be a Fox . . . )