Using Commissioners to train Scouters
- Now this gets into one of my personal beliefs. Commissioners
should staff training courses.
My reasons are several. This gives the Commissioners a chance to
meet the trainees in a non-confrontational situation where they are
passing out good info. It shows the Commissioners off as the folks who
know the material, experts to whom you can go for good information. And
it keeps the Commissioners up to date on Scouting as she really is, not
as she was a few years ago when they got trained.
John Halter wrote:
> I hope your DE is not trying to push training off onto your RTDave Loomis mailto:dloomis.nh.ultranet@...
> Thank you,
> John Halter
> District Commissioner
245 Union St.,# 4 603 431 5342
Portsmouth, NH 03801-4349
- Okay, my two cents. I believe that training should NOT be relegated
to Commissioners - and in the same breath, I also believe that
Commissioners are probably more qualified to train that any of us. I
have Commissioners on my training team that, frankly, I couldn't
live without. I'm one myself, holding both UC and RT Staff
positions, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm very much a Cub
Scout. So - I agree with Dave in that Commissioners are great
candidates for trainers, and I agree with John that it's not their
responsibility to provide training.
Training requires more than just experience and knowledge of the
subject - even more so when we are thinking Cub training. You have
to think Cub Scouts, act Cub Scouts, sell Cub Scouts to apprehensive
and reluctant adults at first. Not so much once you move into Boy
Scout training...but Cub trainers need to not only deliver the info
but do it in a fun, non-intimidating way to hook these new parents
and get them to step into the water.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Dave Loomis
> Now this gets into one of my personal beliefs.
> should staff training courses.chance to
> My reasons are several. This gives the Commissioners a
> meet the trainees in a non-confrontational situation where theyare
> passing out good info. It shows the Commissioners off as thefolks who
> know the material, experts to whom you can go for goodinformation. And
> it keeps the Commissioners up to date on Scouting as she reallyis, not
> as she was a few years ago when they got trained.
> John Halter wrote:
> > I hope your DE is not trying to push training off onto your RT
> > staffers/Commissioners.
> > Thank you,
> > John Halter
> > District Commissioner
> Dave Loomis mailto:dloomis.nh.ultranet@...
> 245 Union St.,# 4 603 431 5342
> Portsmouth, NH 03801-4349
- Ditto, Gerry.
At a recent Commissioner's meeting the District Commissioner told the
Unit Commissioner to make lists for their units of leaders trained
and not trained, and then to insure that the entrained leaders get to
the next training, and even suggested that the Unit Commissioner do
the training if necessary. The District Director (one step above
Senior District Executive) sat on his backside and never said a word.
As the meeting ended I took the DD to task advising him that with a
Commissioner staff keeping up with training, he would not need a
Unit Commissioners have specified duties, one of which is to
encourage leaders be trained, and meets with the Unit Committee
during which the subject of training should be discussed.
While the District Training Chair, I made person-to-person contact
with every direct contact leader in the District, all units. I
recorded the training that each had received and shared that
information with the Council Registrar. Information was entered into
the Council records. Regrettably, when the data was uploaded to
ScoutNet 2,000, ALL training information was lost. I passed the
notebook to my replacement, and it was never utilized, much less kept
up-to-date. With any luck (OK, some sort of miracle) the new
District Training Chair will be able to completely update leader