- How often: normally 1/year in August, but I'm doing a
second one in a couple of weeks to catch a few people who
have a need.
How many: depends on your facility and resources. We've
had 50 or so without problems. The one in a couple of
weeks will have less than 10. With smaller groups you
might not have multiple round robin sessions going at the
same time. The BSA 500 is also less effective with a small
Time allowed (instruction): It is tight, but we stay on
Time allowed (BSA 500): The 60 seconds has not been a
problem for us. We do have a proctor for each group and
don't require written answers. This has been a fun thing
and the competitive aspects haven't gotten out of hand. If
a group is having trouble getting to all of the questions,
I'd suggest that they work as a team and divide the work.
Istrouma Area Council
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- Having attended and staffed both, I find them almost completely different in scope and audience.
TDC is a toolbox course. It provides a wide variety of nuts and bolts to develop training aids with very little pre-course preparation and only limited practical training/exercise.
Trainer's EDGE is a more practical course with extensive pre-preparation and with over half the course dedicated to practical exercises, delivery, and review of individual presenter skills.
Gerry correctly notes that TDC is an excellent initial training development course. Trainer's EDGE is a different animal.
I have found that this two-tier system of training; one for NYLT and WB and one for everything else to be counter-productive.
From: Gerry <gerrymoon32817@...>
Sent: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 6:38 pm
Subject: [Scouter_T] Re: TDC
I partly agree with you, Dave. I think there needs to be one unified head at National that can clarify training policy between Cubs, Boy Scouts and Venturing, as well as all these District and Council-level courses. And they need to work in alliance with the program people, so that when the training folks supercede an old training with a new one, somebody who doesn't wait for a year goes and looks at the program stuff like requirements for knots and updates that so that everyone is on the same page. This disjointed communication has us volunteers making up our own rules because nobody is driving the boat, so to speak.
IMHO, EDGE is a course to educate trainers in the standardization of the training methods we use in Scouting so that we are all doing it the same.
IMHO, TDC is a course to educate novice trainers to use the tools of the trade, so to speak, so that they can begin to do training and have their first attempts not fail because they don't have a clue how to train.
I found TDC very helpful when I was a trainer wannabe. By the third trip, though, I wasn't getting much more from it.
I found EDGE (I attended a pilot course, so it was a little rough around the edges, but it's getting better) not so much a course on how to conduct a training session as a new methodology for delivery - but it isn't really a "NEW" methodology, just one that we are trying to expand to all reaches in Scouting where skills are taught and learned.
EDGE works as well for teaching Commissioner skills as it does for tying square knots, as well for developing an event budget as it does for making a dump cake or a box oven. We have been doing it for years. It just has a name now.
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