We are holding our first annual "Boy Scout Trainers Conference", a
council level program designed to "bring together new and experienced
(BS) trainers for a day of learning, sharing ideas, and honing each
other's training skills".
One of the sessions: "How to Promote Boy Scout Training in your
District", is in need of some expert advice. It seems this is one area
everyone has difficulties with and no one feels particularly successful
at it. We could use your expert advice on how to best promote training
at the district level. I assure you, your ideas and suggestions will be
passed onto the poor guy that has to stand up in front of this
conference and moderate a discussion on this subject...me! :-)
In particular, what do you do when:
-- You don't have a Commissioners staff, or at least one doing much
of a job.
-- You have a history of poor turnout for what you thought was a
reasonably well publicized event.
-- You have leaders in your districts who don't put much stock in
training, don't participate in district program, don't come to
Roundtables, and in general don't even let their own unit leaders know
about training opportunities, let alone encourage them to go.
What are the less conventional "tricks of the trade" you use that you
feel are pretty successful in getting your leaders to go to training
events? What tips would you pass on to a new, unseasoned district
training chair?? And how do you evaluate what you ARE doing to determine
if it really works???
Your advice is valued and much appreciated...and thanks you for your
Yours in Scouting,
Council Training Chairman
Central Florida Council (Orlando)