Dear Leaders and Parents of Troop 23,
As the Leadership Development Committee Chairman for Eagle Valley District , I just want to make all the adults in Troop 23 -- both uniformed leaders as well as every parent -- aware of upcoming training opportunities.
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training is available throughout the Council several times a year. It has been suggested that the training will also be available for adult leaders, volunteers and parents who go to Summer Camp. This is a four-five hour, indoor training class that explains the organization, goals, and methods of Boy Scouting. The topics discussed are important for new leaders and parents to understand. The class offers an opportunity to ask if you have unanswered questions. This training is required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. It is recommended for Troop Committee members. It is also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any parent with a boy who has recently crossed over to Troop 23, because it gives you valuable information about how and why Boy Scouting is very different from Cub Scouting.
The cost for this training class is approximately $10. Pre-registration is required.
The training continues with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. The training sessions are also being offered throughout the council throughout the year. This is a 2-1/2 day course that teaches essential outdoor skills to uniformed leaders so that they may in turn teach these basic abilities to the Scouts in the troop. The outdoor training course begins at approximately 6:30 pm on Friday night, and concludes on Sunday at approximately 12:00 pm. In order for uniformed leaders (particularly Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters) to be considered TRAINED participants must stay for the entire weekend.
The weekend will teach fire building, animal and plant identification, first aid, woods tools, how to use a compass or GPS to find your way in the woods, cooking skills, knot tying, and other skills essential for adult Boy Scout leaders to learn and master. The cost of this weekend course is approximately $35.00.
In order to be registered as a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster, both training courses are required. This is only the first step. Leaders are not automatically assigned the Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster position in the unit. A BSA application must be completed and approved by the Troop and the Charter Organization.
Other training opportunities exists at the District and Council Level for Scouts. Some of the training topics are Den Chief Training for all eligible Boy Scots interested in attaining this leadership position and National Youth Leadership Training Conference a week long training sessions offered at Camp Twin Echo for Scouts who are at least First Class.
Each year the Council offers a very special training opportunity for all levels of scouting, University of Scouting. A variety of formal and informal classes are offered. Consider making it a family training holiday when it comes up.
Online training for positions in Scouting are available at my.scouting.org. If you do any online training, be sure to login and to print out the certificate when you are finished. A copy of the certificate should be given to the Troop's Training Chair, Mr. Dudkowski who will make sure that the information is updated in Scoutnet.
If anyone has any questions or wants more information about training programs, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in Scouting,
Eagle Valley District Training Team Chairperson