Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: SMF at summer camp
Re: SMF at summer camp
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 01:49:50 CDT
David McGraw wrote and asked:
> We have an even greater need for Training now as our Council has
>implemented a policy that states that to be rechartered in 1999 every
>Unit must have an SMF Trained Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and
>Committee Chair. That's just for this year. By the end of 2000 EVERY
>leader, uniformed or committee, must be trained or they will not
>recharter the unit. This policy applies to every Troop, Pack, Team, and
>Crew. What we are being told here is that we are "ahead of the curve"
>and that this will become National Policy within the next ??? years.
It's a little misleading, David. There has been some *fieldtesting* in this
area but as far as I'm aware, the current way of recruiting first and then
sending them to training is the way the BSA has been doing business
practically since the start...it's effective and we don't scare off
potential great volunteers that way. We stand a better chance of retaining
volunteers if we recruit them for the position and then offer or provide the
training as soon as possible.
Your Council is feeling the heat about the training. The last information I
had is that by 2000, ALL volunteers MUST have had Youth Protection and Fast
Start training in order to become registered or rechartered, NOT "basic
training" but "fast start and youth protection" (baseline orientation) training.
This is something that the BSA has been pushing for a couple of years, and
THAT is "behind the curve" if anything....lots of Councils have been
resisting it because many of their longtime unit Scouters have resisted
attending YPP training and Fast Start is a joke in most Councils: "here's
the tape. Look at it and ask me if you've got any questions."
(Fast Start is designed, gang, for you and another Scouter to view the tape
and to be available to ask questions during and after the viewing of the
tape. This encourages the new Scouter to ask questions and for the
experienced Scouter to impart some encouragement and enthusiam to the new
Scouter in advance of attendance at the basic training course!)
>We have also been told that at the time of implementation by National it
>will possibly be a "Train First, Register Later" policy. In other words,
>in the future, if you wish to register as a Scouter you will first have
>to be trained up to the Scoutmaster Fundamentals level or the
>appropriate training for your program.
Doesn't make sense. If Scoutmaster Fundamentals was the standard for all
registered Scouters, that theme would work. But it's not. Scoutmaster
Fundamentals is just that: the basics of serving as a Scoutmaster or
Assistant Scoutmaster. What the BSA needs to come up with is a adequate
Unit Committee training course for volunteers in Packs, Troops, Teams, Crews
and Ships. I started work on one in 1988, and it was tried out a couple of
Jessi has "tasked me" to get rid of a couple of boxes when I get back
home...maybe I'll find it in there somewhere, dust it off and post it
somewhere. If enough people use it, maybe that might spur National to
provide a similar (better!) training outline and course for those volunteers
whom are NOT "primary Scouters." or the "second 'nanna."
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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