First Impressions of Cub Scout Online Training
- I took the Cubmaster and Pack Trainer Specific courses last night. Here are my impressions:
1) Easy course. Can get them done in less than 1 hour
2) Biggest impression is that there is literature out there and go to the Scout Shop to get it.
3) Also there is a webpage, if I remembered to write it down, which, of course I didn't.
4) A new person takig the course would learn very little about when and where Roundtables are or who to call with questions going forward.
I think a resource page, by council (like they do for YPT) should be provided at the end. It would help immensely
My recommendation at this point is for new leaders to attend an instructor led course at least once.
- [Bill Nelson wrote:]
4) A new person takig the course would learn very little about when and where
Roundtables are or who to call with questions going forward.
An excellent point. Personally, I'm very happy that courses are coming online
and am not particularly sad about the reduction or loss of in-person courses (at
least low quality, highly inconvenient courses). However, a critical element
that is lost is the introduction to district staff and other unit Scouters, the
feeling that you are joining a community of dedicated, super-nice people, and
the invitation to come and get together again at Roundtable and other local
events. This comes during an era when Unit Commissioner staffs in many areas
are very weak and unable to regularly visit units and get to know unit Scouters
and provide that connection to the larger Scouting community.
I think it is really hard for a Scouter to get to know what Scouting is really
all about when the only other Scouters you know are the ones in your own unit,
and the only style of Scouting you have experience with is what happens in your