scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Training Question
EXT-Reed, Randall C (Randy.Reed@HSV.BOEING.COM
Fri Jul 28 2000 - 12:12:09 CDT
If that is the thrust, then they shouldn't require SMF. A half day G2SS at
University of Scouting should be able to accomplish the same thing, with
much less expenditure of energy. One thing we strive for in the training
design community is to state explicitly the types of behaviors a training
application is intended to produce, then design a program that does
precisely that, and no more. SMF for CC and CM is overkill (even though I
did it as CC and got a lot out of it) and, as someone else has already
stated, rather impractical from a unit-level perspective. Parent involvement
is difficult enough to generate without requiring a BA in Scoutology. Sounds
like another ivory tower idea generated at council without reference to the
Law of Unintended Consequences.
Now, this might be an inverse-inside-out-with-a-half-twist-on-a-bight
admission by the BSA professionals that something else is needed between
Fast Start and SMF in the adult training sequence. In our council, that
something is nicely provided by University of Scouting in a one-day format.
But then again, we have, IMHO, a fantastic tradition of doing an incredible
UoS program year-after-year. Not every council may be able to mount such an
intense volunteer effort year-after-year. In that case, a 1-day course,
tailored to a tight set of cognitive and affective learning objectives for
ALL adult leaders focusing on YPP, G2SS, and risk management issues in
general might be a very good idea. And since BSA is a dynamic environment,
it might be further configured as a 3 or 4 hour recertification requirement
every 2 or 3 years. Like CPR, only shorter <g>.
Randall C. Reed
Scoutmaster, Troop 543
Central Florida Council
"...I used to be a Buffalo..."
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Training Question
> >>begin quote
> I I was told that they got a
> (fairly major) break from their insurance carrier if they could
> that all leaders were trained, ie, had a clear idea of policy and
> and theoretically at least this would decrease risk of injury.