Re: [Scouter_T] Trainer Pool?
- In a message dated 8/6/03 11:55:08 AM, antelope95@... writes:
> He told me that he doesn't want the same people giving theIn our district, we are able to make this approach work. We have a large
> same training time after time -- that he wants a pool of trainers
> to call upon, to give the different trainings.
district. Geographically, we cover two whole counties, and a sliver of a third.
There are approximately 95 units in the district of
which 45-50 are packs, approx. 30 are troops and the remainder are crews. We
have approximately 40-50 individuals on the district training team,
responsible for NLE, Cub Scout and Boy Scout Position Specific courses, Den Chief
training, YPT, BALOO, WLOT, and IOLS. Venturing training is done on a council level.
Trainers are assigned to the Cub Scout or Boy Scout sections, primarily by
unit affiliation (but not necessarily). In general, members of the Commissioner
Corps are not recruited as trainers, although we have some. At our large mass
sessions in Fall & Spring, we make a point of having a Venturing unit adult
leader as a NLE presenter, in addition to Cub Scout and Boy Scout presenters (we
like the idea that it reinforces the continuum of Scouting)
We conduct NLE and YPT 7-8 times (each) during a September through June
program year. We teach Troop Committee Challenge 3-4 times, SM/ASM twice, Cub Scout
PST 7 times, IOLS/BALOO/WLOT on a single weekend once (we hope to make this
twice, soon), and Den Chief training once. On occasion we also present a
district level JLT. In addition, we will present NLE, YPT, or any position specific
course (except SM/ASM) on a unit level with one month's notice. We end up
doing 6-8 additional sessions of this type each year. We are also hoping to
conduct some supplemental training this year on our mega training days. As you can
see, providing this level of training with 10-15 individuals would be deadly
for the trainers, if not logistically impossible.
How do we make it work? We look out for individuals who show up at RT, and
other events who are articulate and knowledgeable, and invite them to be
trainers. If they say no, we ask again in a couple months. We emphasize that they are
not making a commitment to every course date, but only one or two. We
recognize them with certificates and public appreciation at roundtable and other
events (district dinner). Every individual who trains for me gets a personal
hand written thank you note after each session s/he teaches. We provide them with
syllabuses far in advance, so they can prepare. They "apprentice" as second
chair trainers with an experienced trainer. We conduct our own district level
TDC. We have a couple "Presentation Gurus" who help with A/V, so the trainers
don't have to worry about equipment.
This year's training schedule was created last February and has been
published for several months.
However, the first question I will be asked when I walk into Roundtable in
September will be - "When can I get my new leaders trained?". My answer will
be: "Any time you want".
Blaine/Coon Rapids, MN
Cub Scout Training Chair
3 Rivers District
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- Scouter Chuck wrote:
>I was speaking with the new Training Chair for our District lastChuck Bramlet
>night. He told me that he doesn't want the same people giving the
>same training time after time -- that he wants a pool of trainers
>to call upon, to give the different trainings.
>I have a few problems with this approach -- most of them practical
>rather than personal.
>1. The requires a larger pool of trainers
>2. The person who can moderate an excellent BS-BLT may not be able
> to moderate (TDC)TTT or TCC well at all.
>3. Some people don't like to moderate certain trainings.
>4. Most of us don't like to be moved around that often.
>5. Not very many trainers are suited to certain subjects -- like
>I'm interested in hearing any discussion on this issue.
>It must be nice to have a pool of trainers adequate to satisfy the needs
of this District Training Chair.
We have one or two such districts in our council. Most of us have a
handful of 'old faithfuls' and the rare emergence of a new energetic
person willing to become a part of the team.
My #1 goal has always been quality over quantity. Our council SE has
mandated four consecutive September NLE / LST Saturday sessions in each
district. That's a practical impossibility for us. We just don't have
that many dedicated and qualified people; they certainly aren't willing
to give up four consecutive Saturdays in one month. This is year 3 of
that mandate. So far my district has managed ONE quality session in
each of the past two years. This year our new District Training Chair
is trying for more, including two Sunday 1-5 sessions to accommodate
those who work Saturdays. Problem is getting teams together and
I am a real stickler for staff development. I abhor trainers who feel
they can 'wing-it' and depend on others to 'wing it' along with them.
That's what we've had - with Basic, YPT, Fast Start, NLE, LST, and even
BALOO. When they won't take the time to plan it right, I offer my
regrets and don't participate.