Wouldn't have made a difference. Scoutmaster *specific* training is
leadership training, not how to navigate using a map and compass. Intro to
Outdoor Leadership Skills (OLS) has roughly 80 minutes allotted to "Finding
Your Way - Map and Compass Reading". While not all-encompassing (pardon the
pun) by any means, even that minimal training should provide the know-how to
at least locate defining geography and march in a particular general
Another question about this news story: Where was the 2-deep leadership?
Lots of unanswered questions about this story (e.g. had the SM actually
attended training, was he a brand new SM, is the news story reporting this
correctly or was the adult in question actually one of a myriad number of
ASM's in that Troop, where was the 2-deep leadership, etc.).
Not sure a single example is indicative of the whole. If my son were hiking
I'd still rather he was with BSA trained adults as opposed to not.
Yours in Scouting,
Unit Commissioner, Palisades District
Blue Grass Council
Troop Guide, SR-1061
Owl Patrol SR-870, "...and a good old Owl, too..."
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