Re: [Scouter_T] Spring 2011 Training Update from National Council
- 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
The Training Times
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
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,
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
This Is Scouting—WA01
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
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,
Eagle Scout Class 1999
Heart of Virginia Council # 602
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