We here in Boston Minuteman Council have had this as an option for over 5 years.
On a Saturday morning, hopeful adults arrive with their backpack as if they were going camping. A number of stations are set up and are run by Scoutmasters, OA members, Venturers or older Scouts. They do NOT teach or demonstrate. It is pass/fail. At checkin, the hopeful adults are given a check sheet and a vague map that lists roughly where things are happening. They can start anywhere, skip places that seem full coming back to them later. It runs from 9 to 1, and at "lunchtime-ish" they gather at the cooking/fire area, cook the lunch they brought, eat it, clean up and finish up. If they pass, the area leader initials the sheet and sends them along. When they give up or are done or quit, they return to start, turn in their checksheet if it is completed. If it isn't, the head honcho chats with them about what happened, where they need help, and how to get it. The checksheet goes back to their unit with them, and they then need to talk to the SM, who then is supposed to treat them like any new scout. I recommend that the SPL be the signer, not the SM. SM might say "Shoot, Johnnie Tentpeg, I know you know this. Let me sign this for ya!", while a GOOD SPL will say "hmm. Mr Tentpeg, that isn't a square knot. Mrs Dufflebag is working with some newer scouts, so why don't you go over there and see if you can help her? I bet helping the new guys will help you." Then again, if the SM is good, that is what will happen.
When I ran it, I called the SM the next day, and explained the situation, asking for them to help their ASM/parent succeed. Rarely did I get push back. Often, there was some embarrassment that Mr Tentpeg wasn't all that qualified.
The attendance roster is turned into who ever with the note for completes, and those who didn't. One part of the loop that wasn't closed was reaching out to the folks who didn't finish.
I can send folks who want our checklist to them. Electrons are cheap this week.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Judy Yeager" <kcjscout@...>
To: "Scouter T" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 4:29:34 PM
Subject: [Scouter_T] IOLS Test Out
The National website says testing out of IOLS is an option. Does anyone
have an outline of how this is done and/or paperwork associated with an
existing test out program. Would appreciate if you can share.
HOAC Council Training Chair
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