Outdoor Leader Skills
I personally have a hard time signing a training card for a course,
especially when it required to earn the "Trained" patch, when you are
not following the BSA prescribed requirements as outlined in the
I would strongly recommend that you pick one of the 2 options outlined
in the book, and tell your professional advisor to verify their
information with the appropriate person at the National Office.
I have not seen the memo you mentioned, but there appears to be a
typographical error in it. If they think the course should only run
1.5 days, maybe they can tell you what you can cut out of the
curriculum and still certify that the leaders have received adequate
training for the youth in their units.
I would not cut any of the items you mentioned. You can use the
campfire and cracker-barrel times for training. Cutting out the
worship service, to me, violates our Duty to God. Plus, I do not think
you do not want your leaders attending Wood Badge and finding out that
they got short changed in their training. What will they think of your
As for my District, we have decided to offer OLS as a 2 Saturday course
the first time. I personally think it will be harder to get leaders
out 2 Saturdays in a row, but we will see how it works. As for the
Friday-Sunday option, I don't think it will be any harder than getting
them out for SMF III now. Most Troop campouts run Friday-Sunday, so
this will be about the same.
I hope you have a lot of commitment from you trainers. We have decided
to wait until 2002 for OLS because we just don't have enough room on
our calendars with half of my Training Committee working at the Jamo,
and all of the Scouting events in September & October to feel we can
get all of the supplies together and practice for an Oct. OLS course.
I would like to hear how yours comes out.
Yours in Scouting,
Ken Todd, Training Chairman
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Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 10:31:06 -0400
From: "Rick Seymour" <Rick@...>
Subject: Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills
[clip] ...but some bureaucrat in Irving TX recently circulated a couple
memos summarizing the new training scheme in which he mistakenly lists
this course as running a day and a half.
My Council's Training Committee is using this memo as a pretext to cut
the official course outline down to a day and a half. As I understand
it, their reasoning is that it will be very difficult to get
participants out for a course that runs as long as designed.[clip]
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- We taught this course this last spring. I would not cut anything. We
simply told the council it was a mistake on the memo. Our council does not
interfere with training as long as you are following the syllabus.
Everything in the new syllabus is basic and is needed. If you start cutting
parts out, these will be the same parts the new leaders will cut from their
program with the kids.
I have to also say that this syllabus is the most fun for a training
team. We ran the course from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. This gives
you a little flexibility with the time schedule. We were able to give more
time to some subjects like LNT without taking away from other subjects.
The participants of the course walked away confident with their outdoor
skills unlike SMF where they leave with a hundred questions still. We also
created a book of handouts before the course that we gave them when they
checked in. Everyone said they really liked it because it gave them
something to reference to later. We had several new Webelos leaders take
the course and they said it helped them see better what they are preparing
their kids for.
We have already scheduled this course 2 more times for the upcoming year
and we have people begging to be part of the training team for it. The
participants went away raving about this new course.
Training Team (wife to the Training Chairman)
Flint River Council
> [clip] ...but some bureaucrat in Irving TX recently circulated a couple
> memos summarizing the new training scheme in which he mistakenly lists
> this course as running a day and a half.
> My Council's Training Committee is using this memo as a pretext to cut
> the official course outline down to a day and a half. As I understand
> it, their reasoning is that it will be very difficult to get
> participants out for a course that runs as long as designed.[clip]
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