How to promote BS Training
- Fellow Trainers,
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)
- How to promote training?
No approach works for everybody all the time...
I found that doing it all, doing it enthusiastically,
doing it over and over and over caused training
participation to increase a little.
We are using or trying
the council newsletter
the council website
the district newsletter
the district website
the previous training course
bulletin on front page of council website
announce at roundtable
talk to people directly
tell others to recruit
use the commissioners
district email distribution lists
awards for participants
tell trainers to recruit
offering more courses
training overview fliers
checking when issuing tour permits
nice training patch with rockers
try conveniant course times
and of course (but thats cheating):
Good quality training courses.
What are we missing?
Trust me, it needs only one guy telling that training
was a waste of time to subvert all your efforts to
recruit for training in that unit for the next few months.
Stanford District Training Chair
Pacific Skyline Council, www.pacsky.org