scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: New Training Program
Wed May 17 2000 - 09:12:41 CDT
>With 20 minutes to teach each of the round robin classes in OWL and about >the
same amount of time in SMF it appears that BSA is reacting to our most >common
complaint on SMF and OWL participant surveys, "we need more >time to learn about
knots, fires, cooking, wood tools / ax yard etc).
This is interesting, I understand the new Wood Badge program is doing the
opposite by spending less time on camping and scout skills.
When I teach Scout skills at SMF, I encourage the adults to watch HOW I teach,
not so much what I teach. If the First Class Scout is suppose to be confident in
Scout Skills, we adults could go to our own Troop experts to learn new skills,
Since the adult's responsibilities in Scouting are the Three Aims and the boy's
responsibilities are the Eight Methods, I believe the adults should try and put
themselves out of business of running the Troop program. Of course the adults
are required for program quality and behavior guidance, but the Scouts in a
mature Troop can pretty much do the rest, including training.
>And judging from level of capability that I have seen this spring I have to
>agree. I had more than one participant at SMF that did not know how to
>tie a square knot (or even what one was).
Which supports a theory that the recent large influx of adult leaders without a
youth scouting experience is driving many of the attitudes and changes we see in
Scouting today. That's fine if we maintain the integrity of our BSA Mission
Statement, but if we are not careful and replace adult skills with boy skills,
the mission could get lost in the fun.
We have an interesting and exciting future. Have a great Scouting week.