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RE: [Scouter_T] District Boy Scout Training Question

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  • Mark Ellis
    Stacy: Welcome back to the wonderful world of Boy Scout adult leader training. Recommend you review the attached Leadership Training Committee Guide (2010)
    Message 1 of 5 , Aug 6, 2011
      Stacy: Welcome back to the wonderful world of Boy Scout adult leader
      training. Recommend you review the attached Leadership Training Committee
      Guide (2010) for what courses Districts can offer and how District Training
      is ideally approached. This document is the BSA “Bible” for adult leader

      As for frequency of the district courses, most districts take a “if you
      build it, they will come” approach. That means, for example, districts will
      put on Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) twice a year (spring and
      fall), but the frequency is predicated on mainly on the number of trained
      and motivated training staff and the ability of the district to support the
      training event, not on the number of Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing adult
      leaders in your district that need to complete IOLS.

      Focusing on the number of leaders that need to take specific Boy Scout adult
      leader training courses will help you determine how many courses your
      district (or other districts in your area or within your council) need to
      offer so leaders are fully trained in their positions. You'll need to go
      beyond just announcing the availability of a course at Roundtable to
      targeting the course info directly to the leader who needs to take the
      training. I've found providing "untrained" info to Scoutmasters, committee
      chairs, and chartered organization reps on who needs to complete what is
      sometimes helpful in getting a leader to take the needed training.

      Publicizing the list of who needs what course at the Boy Scout RT breakout
      is helpful to get those who have already completed the training but ScoutNET
      does not have it documented to provide a copy of the training card. You'll
      need to work with your DE or council office to get the training recorded.

      For Scoutmasters and Asst Scoutmasters, getting them to Scoutmaster Specific
      Training and IOLS is the greater challenge because of the length of the
      courses. However, for Troop Committee Chairs, Troop Committee Member, and
      ScoutParent Unit Coordinators, all of their required training is online via
      myscouting.org. Most districts do not offer Chartered Organization Rep
      training (assuming the DE did the training when the unit was first recruited
      to be a chartering organization), but I've found getting the current COR
      trained and on board with the concept of trained leaders helps ensure
      leaders complete the training for their position.

      Fast Start for Boy Scout Leaders, This Is Scouting (replaced New Leader
      Essentials), and Youth Protection are available at myscouting.org, but can
      be taught in person as well. It's important to emphasize leaders must put
      their BSA member ID into their myscouting.org profile. If the leader does
      not enter it, completion of the online training courses is NOT updated in
      ScoutNET, the training database of record, and thus the leaders will
      continue to show as Untrained.

      Other courses that apply to Boy Scout adult leaders such as Hazardous
      Weather, Trek Safely, Climb Safely, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, etc.,
      are available via myscouting.org and can be completed at the leader's
      leisure. These can also be taught at the district level with qualified

      The guide addresses the interface with the Quality Unit Award (now Journey
      to Excellence). There are specific training goals for J2E at the unit,
      district, and council levels. You should be familiar with those and
      encourage Troops to meet or exceed those training goals. The District and
      Council goals are fully trained leaders.

      As the guide encourages, have a plan, then work the plan. Getting almost
      all of the leaders fully trained will take several years of effort to get
      the point where untrained leaders are the exception, not the rule, in your

      Your council office can provide “Trained” and “Untrained” reports from
      ScoutNET to help you determine who needs what.

      As the Leadership Training Committee Guide says, “Train leaders—don’t just
      run training courses”

      Feel free to contact me offline if you want to chat.


      Mark Ellis
      Chair, NCAC Required Trng Task Force
      (703) 376-4150

      "Do the right thing; it will gratify some people and astonish the rest." -
      Mark Twain


      From: scouter_t@yahoogroups.com [mailto:scouter_t@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      Of Staci Kilpatrick
      Sent: Friday, August 05, 2011 11:42 PM
      To: scouter_t@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [Scouter_T] District Boy Scout Training Question

      Need some assistance!  I am taking over the Boy Scout Training after a long
      lag in the training.
      What courses do you put on at the district level for your troop
      leaders/scouts and how often do you put the training on?

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