scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: New Training Program
Mon May 15 2000 - 11:13:20 CDT
Now that I'm in Venturing, I have sort of lost track of the Boy Scout training programs. Is this new training to replace Scoutmastership Fundamentals or is it a warm-up to get folks who are brand new up to speed before SMF?
Reference you question concerning the Venture program. Here in the National Capital Area Council, we have been running a Venture Leader Training (VLT) program for the past 8 years. This year the course was revised to include a discussion of all three older youth programs; Venture, Varsity, and Venturing and was renamed V3 Leader Outdoor Training. When the Venture option was introduced in 1989, several of us felt uneasy with the outdoor trek skills of scouters in our district and were concerned that this new program could put both scouts and scouters in harm's way. The course is two weeknights and a weekend session. It focuses on working with and understanding older youth, trek planning and risk management, and has a weekend session that is hands on training including backpack stoves, cooking and cleanup, Leave No Trace, terrain appreciation, wilderness first aid, trail hints and initiative games. Course attendees also get certified in Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat and!
are introduced to Climb On Safely. The course is taught by some of the most experienced scouters who have planned treks all over the US and Canada. Other councils such as the San Francisco Bay Area Council have been running such course for years.
Advisor, Crew 1519