Re: District Cub Scout Training Chairman Question
- --- In scouter_t@y..., "Jon T. Patten" <jpatten1@m...> wrote:
> Hi Folks,training
> I've just been asked by my DE to be the district cub scout
> chair. Trying to find some background on the job before I say yes orThis is one of my scouting roles, which I am in the process of
> no. Could you answer the following questions?
recruiting a replacement. So, I'd love to answer :-)
>This of course varies with your district's training plan, and your
> 1. What does the time commitment involve in this position?
participation in it. I committed to organize 3 NLEs, 3 Cub Leader
Training, 1 BALOO, and 1 WLOT this year. I choose to be on staff for
as many of these as my schedule permits, but the training goes on if I
am unavailable. I also staffed Boy Scout Leader training (my "base"
Scouting role is SA). Over and above actually staffing the course, I
spend around 4 hours preparing each course (BALOO was more, because it
was new). Much of that time is recruiting new trainers (see next).
> 2. Who, if anyone do you have reporting to you? In otherAbout the only thing I'd claim to have improved in district is the
> words, do you have someone who is responsible for Youth
> Protection training, Basic Leader Training, BALOO and
> WLOT? Do you have an assistant?
number of qualified and participating Cub Trainers, and I think this
is essential to success in any trainer chair role. For Cub trainer, I
have two complete teams (a Blue team, and a Gold team, just like the
US Navy & Crews), which reduces the load on everyone. I have 10
participating Cub trainers right now.
Since another one of my roles is as CS RTC, I started with my RT
Staff. I told each as I recruited them that I expected that they
would staff at least one Cub Leader Training, at their choice. The
other source I use is the Unit Commissioner's assigned to packs. I
think serving on training staff is a big help to both RT staff & UCs
in performing their roles.
> 3. What are some of the problems one would run into in thisYep, just like any other Scouting role. I think Scouters who desire &
> position? Is getting volunteers an issue?
are able to help Scouts INDIRECTLY (through helping other Scouters)
are rare, so I tend to treat them "special", trying to make my
expectations clear, and makign sure no one person is overloaded. I
have refused some persons help who were already overloaded, and those
folks will now do anything I ask. You certainly will need to focus on
recruiting trainers -- and not everyone who is willing makes a good
> 4. How much of the job involves paperwork which needs to beNot much around here, other than the "trained" cards and trainign
> turned into council?
rosters that go to council.
> 5. What meetings do you have to attend on the district/councilI don't HAVE to attend any, our district training chair who I report
to attends district committee and our council training events. We
conduct a goodly amount of business (such as calendar planning) via
e-mail. I do attend some district meetings (they are very nice to
invite me), and I attend the obvious council levels events (new
training roll out and Trainer Development Conference).
> 6. Who do you report to in your district/council and whatI report to the Chair of our District Training Chair, who in turn
> level of support do you get from them?
reports to the District Chair. He backs me up completely, but is not
quite as proactive as I'd like. He has another Scouter who has the
same role I do for Boy Scout training. Right now, all Venturer
training is out of district.
All though you probably won't report to them, you need to consider
your relationship with the CS RTC & the ADC for CS. These folks can
be a big help or a big pain.
Also given that the new WB course is more integrated program, you need
to think and ask how expectations that may exist for the Cib Trainer
with regard to WB (e.g., I'm on staff for our next council course).
> Thanks,I think this is a great role, if your interests lie in training, and
> Jon Patten
if your interests lie in helping other Scouters (which I think is
harder than helping Scouts). I certainly have found it very
SA T-142, CS RTC, DTC, UC
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