Fast Start Training as Part of the "Trained Leader"
- This is an excerpt from the Heart of America Council
"Cub Scout FAST START
WHO SHOULD TAKE FAST START? All new Cub Pack adult
WHY? Cub Scout Fast Start is designed for the new
leader in a Cub Scout Pack to get acquainted with Cub
Scouting and your registered job. This is the first
step in the training process and is required for all
new leaders, along with Youth Protection, New Leader
Essentials and Job Specific training, to be considered
completely trained in your registered position.
Fast Start is a video based training that will help
new leaders quickly understand what to expect in their
new scouting experience. There are six (6) sections to
What Every New Cub Scout Leader Needs to Know
The New Tiger Cub Den Leader
The New Cub Scout Den Leader
The New Webelos Den Leader
The New Cubmaster
The New Pack Committee Member
All new Cub leaders should take the first
section,�What Every New Cub Scout Leader Needs to
Know� and the section pertaining to your specific
registered position. (i.e. Tiger Cub Den Leader)
As you progress as an adult leader and you change
jobs, such as from Tiger Leader to Den Leader, you
need to take that specific section of the course to
get familiar with your new position. After you take a
particular section, you should notify your District
Registrar to have it recorded in your individual
This training is available on video from your Pack, or
Online." --end excerpt--
Several folks have asked whether district training
teams offer Fast Start. I suppose it wouldn't hurt,
but as you can read from this excerpt, Fast Start is
not intended to be delievered by training teams.
Fast Start was often done by the old Den Leader
Coaches or another pack leader. Now it is intended
that Pack Trainers deliver Fast Start. Another option
for any leader is to take Fast Start on-line. I've
looked through all the Fast Start stuff we have
on-line and find that it pretty universally covers
what brand new leaders need to know to get started.
HOAC, like other councils, has developed a program to
help new leaders that includes a packet that includes
meeting plans and program ideas for he first month of
the Scouting year for new Den Leaders.
I don't believe that anyone will argue that Fast Start
is part of the requirements for being a trained leader
and getting the "trained" strip for your position, but
it should be done at a much lower level than District
My nickel's worth.
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr. MA(HRD)
Leavenworth, KS, Army Major(Ret), Overtrained Scout Leader, Kaw District Activity Chairman, CM P3001, SA T366, NRA Life Member
I Used to be an Owl... (W-CS-44)
And a good old staffer too (C-34-04)
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