Thoughts on District Training


  As the Pioneer District Training Chair, it’s my duty to fullfill the “Every boy deserves a Trained Leader” part.  It’s my duty to offer training that is needed or that I see needed within the District. I  have always thought, WHY CANCEL, a training.  A Scouter friend of mine out in Southern Ohio who is a Program Chair has the same thoughts along the line of canceling courses.  However, in this case it’s not because there isn’t enough.  Say, class needs 10 and only 7 sign-up.  Wood Badge needs 30 or the course is canceled, so I get that.  The past several years our Council’s Wood Badge has been full at 56.

The photo is during the W1-492-11 Wood Badge course.  It was during the first presentation/talk that I gave as Troop Guide to the very awesome BOBWHITE Patrol! You will notice that I have both thumbs up!  It’s because they ROCK!

So, at this first of the year training for Pioneer, I have put together the normal Cubscout Specifics, Boyscout Specifics training.  I also put on for the first time, Merit Badge Counselor, Charter Org Rep & District Committee trainings.

I have more sign-ups for the MBC & District.  COR has one and CS/BS have none.  I have interest from other Districts.  I even had a LDS Stake President call me directly.  Talk about a calling..(FYI: I am not LDS)  I think that is HUGE!

So, I have just sent out an email to all the COR/CC/SM/CM letting them know that the two CS/BS classes will be canceled due to sign-ups at COB on Monday.  I had let my thoughts be known to the DE & District Chair as well as the Program Chair.  Which, they agree and understand.

I have directed the District Commissioner & the Commissioner Corp to reach out to each COR and explain the training date & invite them.  It’s their job to do that.  It will put a contact in the system for them.  If they all come to the training, including the Unit Commissioners they will build up a bond and or strengthen it.

Overall, I do not like canceling.  But, I do not want to waste the Trainer’s time either.  I am not disheartened and I will schedule more and sooner.

I did get feedback for Den Chief & Troop Committee Trainings to put on.  I have also contacted the Council Training Chair and asked for assistance in putting on a BALOO & OWLS course.  Either for all the Cubscout Trainers so we can take it back to the Districts or hold one Council wide.  I am also aware of our Council’s Trainer’s Edge course that is coming up soon.  It’s basically for the Wood Badge Staff who have not taken it.  I got a mini version since I went to Maui during that time.  I will be telling those who have not taken Trainer’s Edge in the past three years to go.  Which, if you follow the Training Times from National, a lot of training requirements have changed.  They do have a Facebook page as well.

About Adam R. Cox

Current Skyloo District Commissioner Current Skyloo District & Council Trainer Current Council Member at Large (Cascade Pacific Council) Former Tiger DL & CM of P221 in Pioneer District Former Skyloo District CS Roundtable Commissioner. Former Ast Council Commissioner for Commissioner Tools and Communication Former Pioneer District Training Chair WE1-492-09 Beaver W1-492-11 Bobwhite TG ASM Logistic W1-492-17-2
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One Response to Thoughts on District Training

  1. I’m on the Osceola District training staff in the North Florida Council. I generally teach Cub level courses but I’ve also helped teach SMS and IOLS a few times and will probably be teaching those two more often. It is frustrating to know that there’s a large number of leaders who need training but never show up when it’s offered.

    I’ve found that there’s a few reasons why folks don’t show up. On the Cub level, I think that many of the leaders feel that they won’t be in a leadership position long enough to benefit from training. Some Cub leaders tend to feel roped into their position anyway and the last thing that they want to do is spend another Saturday scouting. This is sad, but sometimes true. Some Cub packs can be very disorganized and the communication that you send to the top leaders may never make it to the rank & file.

    Boy Scout leaders who have managed to be in the program for a while who either attend training some time ago or managed to never attend training may feel that they know what’s best and have no need to attend a class to learn to do what they already know how to do. I’ve heard of troops in our district who would make sure that they have the bare minimum training required to keep their DE at bay and no more.

    For both levels, there may be a feeling that it’s just not worth it, that it’s merely an obligation that they have to get out of the way.

    Like you, I wish that more leaders would show up for training of all types. I attend whatever I can, whenever I can and teach as often as I can.

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