I am the council training chair for the Simon Kenton Council (Columbus and
south to northern Kentucky). We have a very active training committee at the
council level and most of the districts are active as well. We have a very
good relationship with our staff advisor. Basically, we have so many people
who are very active in training that some of our volounteers actually get
information even before the professionals do. We are very strong - and
adamant - that volunteers run training. Period. End of statement.
(Emphasis added for effect). I think that the way to take back the training
responsibility is to have some volunteers who make it a hobby to camp on the
net to make sure that they supply the committees with the latest information.
We even have a traning committee librarian and have a room at the council
service center in Columbus that serves as THE training library - and it is
used extensively. We have a budget for materials for the library and oversee
its operation. It is also imperative that volunteers take initiative for
managing the training courses. Where a volunteer isn't aggressive,
professionals can often step in and take charge.
If I can be of any help, I would be glad to give you names of people who
could serve as resources for you.