Re: [Scouter_T] Re: Recognizing Trainers
- Recognition of accomplishment is what we do in Scouting. We teach our
youth to respond to it and it's the ONLY reason that adults do anything
in Scouting... So, if you keep that in mind, it makes it really easy to
get youth and adults to do a zillion outstanding projects and events...
if only for a small set of beads.
There's only one thing I would add to the comments made: Send postcards
to thank your training staff and attendees!
Think of this... a postcard is only 23cents to mail, plus 25 cents on
average to buy... and...here's the bonus:
it's READ by everyone that handles it!
Use of postcards is an exceptional way to make sure that people know YOU
appreciate them and acknowledge THEIR contributions to the efforts of
Scouting. Thanking people for making the investment of their time to
learn their role is key to supplemental training attendance and their
commitment to making their effort pay the dividends we really want:
investment of time and quality program for the youth. Recognizing
mentors for their involvement.
Some amazing people have come forward and done some amazing things just
because of that simple thank you that went out to them. Their families
saw how important their time and energy was to do it. Yes, the
investment of that 48 cents has made ALL the difference in our training
Recognizing people publicly at Roundtable or District dinners, or other
situations is key to success, but it's soooooo much more valuable if you
tell their family! Long term investment in training is what makes or
breaks a successful training team. Getting long term commitment is
easy, if you make a small investment.
Yours in Scouting,
Cascade Pacific Council
- We recently concluded our Webelos Outdoor Training with a word to the
participants to please go home and thank their families for filling in the
gaps on the home front while they were away at training, for without the
support of our families, we couldn't do what we do in Scouting.
During the week that followed, I sent an email to all my trainers asking for
some personal information, including names of spouse or significant other
and children. I then sent a personal note to each of the spouses and
children of the trainers thanking them for "loaning" their family member to
us for Scout training and thanking them for being the most important part of
our team, because without their support, their family member couldn't be a
part of that team. My trainers were all surprised when the notes arrived at
their homes and appreciated that gesture more than being recognized publicly
for their contributions to training.
From time to time we have found it necessary to schedule an outdoor training
on Mother's Day weekend. At closing ceremony, we present each lady with a
silk rose for spending "their weekend" at a Scouting activity and make the
same roses available to the gentlemen to take home to their spouse. This
gesture has also been very well received. Most of the gentlemen on the
training team also take roses home.
NT District Training Chair, HOAC
- Laura asked: ... Currently, I am trying to figure out the amount of time the
actual training takes for the Cub Scout Leader Specifics and the Baloo
BALOO will take eight hours for the "classroom" component. Depending on the
amount of material you bring and the extent of your displays, plan on an
additional 2-4 hours total for set-up and tear down for your trainers.