For a moment, let’s stop and consider what if any classes you could have offered to you at a full day of training. Forget Wood Badge. That is the mountain top experince of training. If your reading this blog, you are open and receptive to ongoing training. Training that is worthy and educational. Not Death By Powerpoint.
If there were classes that would directly help you with teach a part of a badge, activity badge, recruit Tigers/Leaders better, put on a awesome campfire program. Would you go? What would it look like?
This would be for Den Leaders, Cub Master, Scout Masters, Committees, Ships, Crews and all adults in every program. It would not be geared for just Packs.
It would be for every program. If you were a Scoutmaster that was trying to do something new and different, wouldn’t you like to find out more about Sea Scouts? Maybe you could have the Sea Scouts teach about Small Boat Sailing. It’s a Merit Badge you know.
Did you know that Montana, the largest Council in BSA has a Sea Scout program?
I have a general idea as to what I would do. Here is a small sample of what I would offer and why.
1)BALOO/Tour Plan Class: Getting the basics out to Packs so they can go camping puts the OUT in Scouting. It will also tell Packs how to let alone fill out a Tour Plan, but that there IS ONE!
2)Tour Plan: How to fill one out. Same reason. But for those who just want to learn how.
3)Why have a Den Chief: For Cubmaster/Scoutmasters to learn why a Den Chief is important.
4)Den Chief Training: For really training the boys who want to be a Den Chief. The Den Leader/Cubmaster/Scoutmaster should attend with the Boy Scout so they get the info together!
5)Camp Properties: What’s at what property. Many Packs have not a clue as to what’s out there. Give an overview of each Camp. If a Council generates interest in what it has to offer, the Packs will go there.
6)Hornaday: One of the most overlooked conservation program/awards in the BSA. If the Eagle is 14 or 15, they still have many years to go. This would be a great thing to do.
7)Leave No Trace Trainer: It’s now a position within the BSA.
8)High Adventure for Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing. What can it be, are there other High Adventure Bases outside of Philmont, Northern Tier and Sea Base? Can you make your own?
9) First Aid/CPR/AED training. Get certified!
11)Staffing the District Committee
12)Strictly for Cubmasters/Scoutmasters
13)International: What can a Unit do to earn International awards? JOTA/JOTI and others
While these are just a few things that could be in a day long training for all programs, there are councils that do this. The closest one is the Chief Seattle Council. I have looked at it several times to see if I could go up there and get trained. The only limits that are out there, are the limits you put on yourself. If a Scout, Scouter or other person desires training and it is not available at all (forget your schedule for this moment) within a District or Council, it causes that person to not learn and provide a quality program. If you have to jump to another District or Council that is great.
As a dedicated Scout or Scouter, you understand that it’s more than “Every boy deserves a Trained Leader” mantra or motto that gets flung around. It’s real. If you cannot get Outdoor Leadership Training for Webelos Den Leaders (OWLS) then you cannot get your Webelos Den Leaders Knot. It was not your fault. The bigger fail, is that you cannot provide that knowledge you would have learned during a Patrol Meeting to the Webelos Scouts. Most notably the Outdoorsman Activity Badge. The big part of the activity badge is CAMPING and pitching a Tent!
So, if you could put on a day of training, what would you include? We can all learn something new and different. Making it available is another.