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Philmont Report - Pack Trainer

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  • Sean Scott
    In our session (New Direction in Training) we discussed the Pack Trainer position in detail. Here is the official job description: Qualifications The pack
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 19, 2002
      In our session (New Direction in Training) we discussed the Pack Trainer
      position in detail. Here is the official job description:

      Qualifications
      The pack trainer must meet BSA membership requirements, be at least 21 years
      of age, and register with the Boy Scouts of America as a pack trainer. It is
      recommended that the pack trainer have at least one year of experience in a
      leadership position in Cub Scouting, preferably as a Cub Scout or Webelos
      den leader.

      The pack trainer is selected by the pack committee, with the approval of the
      chartered organization.

      Pack trainers should be trained in a Trainer Development Conference. They
      should, of course, also have completed a training session before they teach
      it.

      For new packs and those lacking experienced leaders, an experienced leader
      from the district training team or another pack may be appointed as the pack
      trainer until the new leaders gain experience.

      Responsibilities
      The pack trainer is responsible for:
      * Conducting orientation of new families and pack leaders.
      * Training each new leader and pack committee member for his or her specific
      position, using material in the training manuals "New Leader Essentials" and
      "Cub Scout Ledaer Specific Training."
      * Conducting other training as designated by the district and/or council.
      * Encouraging pack leaders to attend ongoing training, such as roundtable,
      pow wow or university of Scouting, outdoor training, Youth Protection
      training, and Wood Badge.
      * Remaining current with training material and program updates.
      * Keeping track of pack training records.

      The pack trainer seeks 100% iof the pack leadership trained in their
      position responsibilities. New leaders and adult family members should
      receive orientation within one week of joining the pack, and leaders should
      receive position specific training within 30 days.


      Now for the discussion:
      The PT is allowed to run Fast Start, NLE and PST in the pack provided
      they've done it in the past and the district training chair gives the OK.
      The PT must go to the training chair to get the trained cards, so this
      offers a means of control. The district and/or council can "revoke" the
      trained status of any leader that they feel was not trained according to the
      syllabus, as might be encountered in a "rogue pack" that might register a PT
      just to bless the other leaders with "trained" status.

      Many districts and councils are adding to the requirements above to enforce
      a little more control over the position.

      PT's may not provide YPT uless they are specifically certified to do so.

      There are no plans to add a PT requirement or alternate to the Quality Unit
      award. There are no plans to create a new award knot specifically for the
      PT, as there was for the Den Leader Coach award.

      The PT basic training plan includes NLE and PST for the committee position,
      as well as Trainer's Development Conference.

      Sean
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