Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Sorry, gotta ask.
Re: Sorry, gotta ask.
Tue, 10 Aug 1999 12:06:33 -0500
>Do you also offer it back in the council? How often?
Yes, twice yearly. Our council training chairman is trying to get it
organized so that the district's offer their own training at least once
>Do you have trouble getting a training team together and organized?
No. We have retired individuals volunteer to conduct training at camp. A
couple of them bring trailers and stay for the two-three days that training
is conducted, then they go home. They return for the same schedule the
>Does doing this increase your numbers of trained leaders (No guesses, we
>facts) over when you DIDN'T offer it at camp?
Yes. I can't give council-wide statistics, but I can tell you about my
troop. I have four assistants. Two were trained at camp and one was
trained at the council weekend trainings. Because our non-camp training is
council-wide, distance for weekend and weekday travel (for the preweekend
meetings) is a problem. In addition, my leaders, for work reasons, can
commit only to one weekend camping per month and summer camp. Therefore,
they attend our troop campouts and receive their training at camp. If my
council didn't offer this option, my other two assistants would not be
>Does it hurt camp at all to pull the leaders away from their units during
>those four days?
No. The training occurs when the boys are in their classes. Our classes
are 9 - 12 and 1:30 - 4:30 (at our patrol cooking camp). SMF is 9:15 -
11:30, 1:45 - 4. Most troops that I know of have trained leaders at camp as
well; most, if not all, of us don't consider it a problem to send leaders
during the day to be trained for two or three days.
Like I said in my original post, training is not at all the responsibility
of the camp staff. And, it works very, very well. My assistants learned
some of the same things as my first year boys, and they were all able to
work together on their "assignments". In fact, the ASMs were assigned to
reinforce some the same skills the first year boys had learned that day.