In our session (New Direction in Training) we discussed the Pack Trainer
position in detail. Here is the official job description:
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
The pack trainer is selected by the pack committee, with the approval of the
Pack trainers should be trained in a Trainer Development Conference. They
should, of course, also have completed a training session before they teach
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.
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.