On June 2nd, at a District Meeting that I was not at, I was selected to be the Training Chair for Pioneer District. When my new Program Chair asked me to if I wanted to be it, I told him that because it was him, I would highly consider it. I needed to ask my wife. I was asked by the current Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner who was and now is the Program Chair. This was before the Wood Badge course in May.
I had set-up a meeting with a previous Training Chair many many months ago to see what was all entailed and to express my interest in it. Through that meeting and many conversations with others in the Council and online, I figured that I could do this position. My main concern is with my family time and being Cub Master. I think that I can handle this. My Cub Master position will be ending in Feb/March 2013. Our Pack is currently expanding the Committee positions, which will help me focus on being Cub Master. My Family always comes first, so that’s that.
One of the main reasons I wanted this position is that I feel strongly about training. It’s what I do for work. The old adage of “Every Boy deserves a Trained Leader” is not lost on me. Ever since getting into Scouts as an Adult, I have wanted more and more training. Training is learning. In looking at other District’s I see a lot more and other trainings offered than our District. That kinda bugs me. While I fully understand that people can go to other Districts and Councils to train, I think that it’s the District’s job to offer the training for it’s own Scouters.
My first set of goals is to find out who is trained for what position, who has Trainer’s Edge, who wants to be a trainer, what trainings are really needed and what do people want. I also want to set-up trainings at Roundtable for Den Chief, Tour Plans and other topics that can be good Roundtable presentations. These would be in lieu of the breakouts for Boy Scout/Cub Scout and Venturing. I know that one month the other year a local Scoutmaster, former Weatherman, gave a Hazardous Weather class that got people trained.
Overall, I am excited about my new position and very happy that I can be of service to the District.