Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader

Trained-Leader.gifHello Lewis and Clark District!
I have just taken on the role of Training chair for our district.  I would like you to join me on a journey that we will take together over the next year.  If you join me on this journey, I think that the end result will be a corps of adult and youth leaders in our District that will have the tools at their disposal to present the Scouts in our units with the very highest quality of program.
I have a few goals for our journey:

  • Maintain 100% Youth Protection Training for all adult leaders in the Lewis and Clark District.  Every adult must complete Youth Protection every year.  To that end, the Program for our October District Roundtable will be a proctored Youth Protection class.  Mark your calendars now for October 4 at the LDS Stake Center at 999 15th Ave S for 6pm, and ask every adult in your unit to attend.
  • Ensure that at least 60% of our Direct Contact adult leaders (Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Crew Advisors and Associate Advisors, etc.) have completed all of the trainings for their position.  Please get in touch with me about the trainings that your unit needs in order to ensure that your Scouts are benefiting from a Trained Leader!  Also, mark your calendars for BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) and IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills), which will be held the weekend of October 21-23 behind the Scout office.  Watch this blog for information on additional trainings as we schedule them!
  • By Fall 2017, ensure that every unit has at least one leader that has completed advanced Wood Badge training!  If no adult in your unit has completed Wood Badge, mark your calendars and sign up one of your adults today for our 2017 Wood Badge Course, which will are tentatively scheduled to be held at nearby K-M Scout Ranch the weekends of May 11-13, 2017 and June 1-3, 2017.
  • By Fall 2017, ensure that every Troop and Crew in our District has at lease one Scout that has completed National Youth Leadership Training (NYTrainedPatch.gifLT).  You may be able to still sign up for the NYLT course at K-M this coming June 19-25, 2016.  You can also sign up today for the 2017 NYLT course at K-M , which will be held June 18-24, 2017.

Why join me on this journey?  After all, the going may be hard.  However, I know that all of the Scout leaders in our District are up to it.  The end result will be delivering a better Scouting experience to the youth in our care, and a better program for every Scout.  So c’mon!  We are going to leave for that journey right away!  Get out your hiking shoes and join me!
Thanks!
Aaron Weissman,
Lewis and Clark District Training Chair
 

Mark Your Calendar for Scoutmaster Specific Training on April 11!

Every Youth Deserves a Trained Leader! Trained leaders can deliver a Scouting program that is fun, well organized and will instill the values of the Scout Oath and Law for the rest of a boy’s life. To be considered Trained, a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster must take Youth Protection, Scoutmaster Specific and Basic Outdoor Leader Training.

We will be offering Scoutmaster Specific training (S24) at the Scout office on Saturday, April 11, starting at 8am. The class will be all day. Lunch will be on-your-own, although we may order in food so that we can conclude sooner!

As pre-requisites, all attendees should complete the following online training:

  • This is Scouting
  • Scoutmaster Fast Start
  • Hazardous Weather, and
  • Youth Protection training (within the last year)

Please bring your certificates for those trainings to the class.

The final training necessary for leaders to be considered trained is Basic Outdoor Leader Training.  The District will be offering that training at the Trail to First Class campout at Log Gulch Campground on April 17.  A future post will discuss that training, but mark your calendar!

Please comment on this post or send an email to Aaron Weissman (aaron@weissman.com) to register for this class.

Confirmed Lecturers include (watch this space for updates, and please send a note to volunteer):

Wendy Weissman, CPA. Wendy is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years experience and an adjunct instructor of Accounting at both the University of Great Falls and Great Falls College-MSU. Wendy is the Treasurer of Troop 26 and will be facilitating a discussion on Troop finances at 10am. This section of the class is open to any committee member of any Troop!

Aaron Weissman. Aaron is the Scoutmaster of Troop 26 and the former Cubmaster of Pack 26. Aaron is also a Unit Commissioner and a member of the Council Executive Board. Aaron will be discussing advancement tracking, calendaring, training, troop administration, and the role of the Scoutmaster, among other topics.

Sandy Bechard. Sandy works in the Scout office, and is a parent with Troop 28. She is the former Committee Chair at Pack 26. Sandy will be discussing the Scout office’s role with unit Tour Permits and advancement reports.

Keith Head, Keith is the District Training Chairman and has held numerous positions in the Lewis and Clark District.  He has completed all levels of training within the BSA to include: All leader specific trainings, Wood Badge, Powder Horn, National Camp School and the Order of the Arrow National Leadership Seminar.  Discussion on numerous topics relevant to all Scoutmasters/Assistant Scoutmasters.