scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Question about BSA Adult Training...
Settummanque, the blackeagle ((MAJ) Mike L. Walton) (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Tue Aug 15 2000 - 23:16:49 CDT
Bill Pettus wrote and asked:
>The reason for this post it to get direction as far as Adult Leader Training
>I have heard that new BSA training courses are coming out for adult leaders.
>So far this is what I have heard:
>Fast Start Training, -- I have heard nothing about change in this program.
>It is still a video training experience for all new troop leaders.
>Scoutmaster Fundamentals No. 34549A, -- I have heard that, SMF will become a
>two session training and not a three part training experience. Has this been
>The (new) "Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills" No. 33640 is now available.
> This course is designed to train adult leaders, who will be involved in the
>troop outdoor program and who will be involved with the advancement of boys
>up through the rank of First Class. This would include SM, ASM, and other
>leaders who will be involved in the troop advancement and outdoors.
>New Troop Committee training - "The Troop Committee Challenge" No. 33643. I
>hear that this training will replace SMF for Troop Committee folks. Is this
This is what I know and understand, Bill (sorry if this is like a repeat; I
tried to find the original posting back from the spring when this was
brought up but I couldn't find it on the laptop):
The BSA will provide a different way of training folks starting with the
next program year, Bill (some Councils will start out doing it this fall
under a modified field testing arrangement; most Councils will wait until
There will still be Fast Start training, geared for the brand new Scouter
and should be provided within 72 hours of the person agreeing to serve as a
new volunteer in a specific unit role or as a Commissioner.
There will be a new "Scouting Basic Course" which will answer the basic
policy, organizational structure and assistance questions and which ALL
Scouters (no matter what program or program option!) should attend. This
course is geared (the last time I saw materials for it) to be between four
and six hours in lenght.
Programs (Cub Scouting, Boy/Varsity Scouting, Venturing) will have their
OWN "add-on" course, which is conducted over 8-12 hours AFTER the "basic
Scouter course." These courses, some of which you've highlighted above, are
aimed SPECIFICALLY at those individuals serving in those roles. The BSA is
shooting for as less "generic" courses and more "specific" courses geared
to get the volunteer the right information and resources to do the
job....and not waste volunteers' time with "everyone except so-and-sos can
hold their hands to their ears....because this information only applies to
Skills courses will be on top of the basic leadership courses, because the
BSA has realized that no all Scouters need to know the outdoor skills
needed to be a successful unit committee or District Committee member; and
that there are some Scouters that need the outdoor skills training as part
of their "track" in training and coaching youth.
These skills courses will be open to all programs and won't be an exclusive
"Scoutmaster Fundamentals" - type course.
Completion of a "track" of courses, will qualify volunteers for "TRAINED
Completion of a significant part of the "track", as in the past, along with
some tenure and performance tasks, will qualify volunteers for training
awards and keys. I haven't heard about professional qualification for
training awards and keys, but I take it it's going to be on the same basis
as before: based on their VOLUNTEER ROLE and not their professional
employment with the Council (for instance, a District Executive serving as
Scoutmaster of a Troop would qualify for the TRAINED strip, followed by the
Scoutmaster Award of Merit, then the Scouters' Training Award and finally
the Scoutmasters' Key Award within a five year period of time as
SCOUTMASTER of the Troop. His or her PROFESSIONAL TENURE, completion of
professional-track training and volunteer training would qualify him or her
for the Professional Circle Award (a new name for the former Professional
Intermediate training will still take place during monthly Roundtables,
Huddles and Leaders' Exchange meetings. These monthly meetings are
important because additional training which applies to all volunteers
(youth protection, health and safety, etc.) can be taught during an evening
forum in which the majority of the District's volunteers should be present for.
Advanced training will still happen, but the emphasis will be less on the
outdoors skills as it will become with the management of learning and the
management of programming.
There will be ONE Wood Badge course (not three types, but one type) and all
volunteers eligible for attendance will be able to attend (more courses
more frequently? I don't know). The Powerhorn and Sea Badge courses will
provide specialized training opportunities for Venturing and Sea Scouting
volunteers and professionals. Again, volunteers and professionals involved
in those programs will be encouraged to attend and participate in such
advanced training opportunities.
Professional training will consist of the PEI (Professional Executive
Institute) AND instructions for attending volunteer training courses
conducted through local Councils. Professionals will continue to be
encouraged to attend and be a part of volunteer training events.
Supplemental training opportunities will continue to be offered, because
Councils and Districts will continue to offer special courses which later
become BSA national courses. So, keep it up and don't forget to send the
syallbi and training/coaching materials to the BSA's National Volunteer
Training Service for consideration. Believe me when I say that they DO
LOOK AND REVIEW EVERYTHING SENT TO THEM. They are constantly looking at
the way we train and coach our volunteers and they want to be a part of our
the way it's done.
Hope that this all helps out, Bill...thanks for asking!!
(MAJ) Mike L.Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
Crystal City, Virginia