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  • Ernest Schmidt
    Great infomation thank you on the update. ... From: Ben Ward Subject: [Scouter_T] Spring 2011 Training Update from National
    Message 1 of 2 , May 15 8:17 PM
      Great infomation thank you on the update.

      --- On Sun, 5/15/11, Ben Ward <troop555eaglescout@...> wrote:

      From: Ben Ward <troop555eaglescout@...>
      Subject: [Scouter_T] Spring 2011 Training Update from National Council
      Date: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 8:39 PM


      Spring 2011
      The Training Times
      Spring 2011
      Issue 3, Vol. 1
      Register Now To Secure Your Place At Philmont Training Center
      Registration for the Philmont Training Center is live. Register


      There is still room in many of the conferences that will be held this summer at
      the National Volunteer Training Center of the BSA—the Philmont Training Center!
      Don’t miss out on an opportunity to share a great training adventure with
      Scouters from all over the BSA, and with your entire family!
      You can get more information about PTC at www.philmonttrainingcenter.org .
      We are also working on the 2012 schedule of conferences, and we plan to announce
      them soon so you can make plans for next summer.
      By the way, did you know there are conferences at PTC in the fall? While the
      summer is great at Philmont, there are things that make the fall a wonderful
      time to visit Scouting paradise. As one Scouter said: “The leaves are turning,
      the elk are bugling, and the evenings are cool.” Take a look at the PTC website
      for a list of fall conferences.Making Your Training Records Stick
      In April, the Volunteer Training Team conducted a series of webinars to help
      local councils with training records in ScoutNET and MyBSA. Over 500 folks
      Our goal was to help local councils navigate some of the challenges we face
      entering training data and getting the reports we need. We learned, as many of
      the top training councils have learned, that it IS possible! Most of the
      challenges are related to proper dates and codes.
      If you missed the webinar, the slides and supporting documents can be found in
      the “Quicklinks” section of this page.“Name That Code”
      Can you match the training with the proper code?
      Cubmaster Specifics Y01
      This Is Scouting S10
      Youth Protection S11
      Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills WA01
      Troop Committee Challenge C40
      Answers are at the end of this issue.CubCast and Scoutcast
      Have you listened to the CubCast or Scoutcast lately? Each month they share
      ideas and news about Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. They are available as a
      downloadable podcast, and you can subscribe via an RSS feed so you never miss
      one. Check it out and spread the word.
      www.scouting.org/scoutcastOutdoor Skills Training
      A new Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills was announced a couple of months
      ago. It was designed to be a course that covered outdoor program from Cub
      Scouting to Venturing.
      We want to let you know we have backed off on the combined course, at least for
      now. We are now working with Outdoor Adventures to use their subject matter
      experts to study the issues and design a course (or courses) that best meets the
      needs of the leaders of the various programs.
      We are reluctant to announce a time frame for anything new until we get a little
      further along. So for now, stick with existing training and watch for updates
      here.Our Name
      Since the reorganization of the BSA a couple of years ago, the team and
      committee responsible for unit leader and advanced leadership training have been
      called “Volunteer Development.”
      While that is what we do, and it makes sense, it is confusing to many in and out
      of Scouting. To many, “development” is fund-raising, and to others, “volunteer
      development” is recruiting.
      So we are in the middle of a transition to change our name to “Volunteer
      Training.” We hope that will help folks find us, and understand us,
      better.Training Recertification
      Keeping Scouts safe and keeping Scouting leaders up to date with current
      information and methods means some of the BSA's training courses need to be
      retaken every couple of years.
      We all know about Youth Protection training and National Camping School, but
      there are some others—including some that have recently been added to the list.
      Below is a list of these courses and how often they should be retaken to be
      * Youth Protection—every two years
      * National Camping School—good for five camping seasons
      * Safe Swim Defense—every two years
      * Paddle Craft Safety—every three years
      * Aquatics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue—every three years
      * BSA Lifeguard—every three years
      * Visitation training—every two years
      * Lead Climbing Instructor—every five years
      * Climbing Instructor—every two years
      * COPE/Climbing Inspector—every two years
      * Safety Afloat—every two years
      * Chain Saw Safety—every two years
      * Trainer’s EDGE—every three years
      * Hazardous Weather—every two years
      * Physical Wellness—every two years
      * Climb On Safely—every two years
      * Trek Safely—every two years
      As other courses are introduced, or as our committees determine that courses
      have an “expiration date,” we will post them here—so keep watching!
      By the way, the Volunteer Training Committee encourages you to take the most
      current training courses for your Scouting position even if there is no
      expiration, or even if you are considered “trained” as a result of taking an
      older course. It is always better for our Scouts when their leaders stay up to
      date!Required Training Emphasis
      You may be aware that there has been a test emphasis in many councils to make
      training required for all direct-contact unit leaders. Nineteen councils have
      been in a formal test, and around 80 overall have some version of the
      While there has been great success in most councils, because of some of the
      challenges with training reporting and data entry in ScoutNET, we have extended
      the test while those issues are being addressed.
      That does NOT mean that if your council has a trained leader requirement the
      requirement changes! It only means the national requirement is still under
      review to make sure it will work. Councils can continue to require training.
      This also does not apply to Youth Protection training. That is still
      Volunteer Training is now on Facebook! Look for BSA Volunteer Training Team, or
      take the direct link to www.facebook.com/BSAtrainingteam .Regional NAYLE and PLC
      We wanted to share the exciting news about the first-ever regional pilots of the
      National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience. NAYLE, as it is typically called,
      is the next step in youth leader development and begins where NYLT (National
      Youth Leader Training) leaves off. Up to now, NAYLE has been offered only at
      Philmont. The National Volunteer Training Committee, under the leadership of
      Committee Chair Dan Zaccara, recognized a need to offer opportunities outside of
      Philmont to affect the greatest number of youth, and so the 2011 Regional NAYLE
      Pilot was created.
      Four councils are participating in the pilot project. The course director for
      each pilot course has been selected and approved by the National Volunteer
      Development Committee, and leadership from the committee will provide support
      and oversight to each pilot location. We will evaluate the pilot programs to
      make recommendations for either continuing with the pilot project or beginning
      the process to make the NAYLE content available for use in running a local
      council course with area approval.
      In addition to the four NAYLE pilots, the committee approved a special
      single-location pilot for our Philmont Leadership Challenge. PLC is the adult
      counterpart to NAYLE and has been offered at Philmont for four seasons. The
      Marin Council in San Rafael, Calif. (a regional NAYLE pilot host), will host the
      regional PLC pilot, which will take place alongside the council’s NAYLE course.
      Announcement fliers are attached for both the NAYLE and PLC programs.
      Course directors are finalizing staff selections and have already started
      promoting their pilot courses. Course registration is being handled by each host
      council, and all indications are the courses will fill up quickly.New Team
      We are pleased to share with you that a new team member will be joining the
      Volunteer Training Team on June 1! Peter Self comes to the team from the Mount
      Baker Council in Everett, Wash., where he is a district director. He brings a
      wealth of experience as staff adviser to all of our advanced leadership courses,
      as well as being part of the Mount Baker team that created one of the best
      trained direct-contact leader records in the BSA.
      Welcome, Peter!“Name That Code” Answers
      Cubmaster Specifics—C40
      This Is Scouting—WA01
      Youth Protection—Y01
      Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills—S11
      Troop Committee Challenge—S10One Last Thought
      A great district training chair once said: “My job is to make sure every leader
      in my district is trained, not to run a few training courses!” As trainers, we
      owe it to our Scouts to make sure they have a trained leader.
      The Training Times is a publication distributed in conjunction with the
      Volunteer Development Sub-committee of the Program Impact Support Committee of
      the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.
      Publisher—Mark Griffin, Volunteer Development Team Leader
      Editor-in-Chief—Sara Parker-Lacobee
      Contributing Editors—Chuck Ezell, Christopher Smith, Ron Timmons, Mark Griffin
      Volunteer Development Subcommittee Contributors—Dan Zaccara, Committee Chair;
      Mary Stevens, Bob Sirhal, Susie Mahoney
      Yours in Scouting,

      Ben Ward

      Eagle Scout Class 1999
      Heart of Virginia Council # 602

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