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Krampus posted a topic in Wood Badge and adult leader trainingIt appears BSA has come up with an answer as how to engage the Millennial Generation of parents in Scouting. However, rather than make it in to a module that you can take online, or build effective modules that can be taught locally, you'll have to pony up over $500 to get the answer at the PTC. With the issue of parent recruitment and training so key to the recruitment and retention of members in general, one would think this would be something so important that BSA would seek to make it so readily available (and swiftly implemented back at the unit) that you wouldn't have to fork over $500 bills to get the answer. Man, if I'm going to Philmont and paying THAT much money, I'm on the trail....not in a conference room. More info here: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2016/03/21/engaging-millennials-parents-in-scouting/
Are We Training Our Adult Leaders Enough? You seem to read more and more in the news of cases where adults and scouts -- in some cases Eagle scouts -- make some really poor choices and get in to trouble. The latest cases are here, here, here, here and here. These are prime examples of ill-prepared individual and groups heading out on activities for which they are not fully prepared. BSA has plenty of resources (Sweet 16, online training, advanced training, 10 Essentials, and much more) which they make available to leaders and adults, but none of it is required as a condition of holding your leadership position. Weather safety and many of the online courses only require one adult on the trek to have taken and passed the training; same with first aid, CPR/AED, etc. It would seem it is time to make these online training modules mandatory. Question: What are the minimum required training courses YOU would suggested Boy Scout (Venturing) leaders have as a condition of keeping their leadership position? For my money the basic required training would be: IOLS Leader Specific Basic (Red Cross) First Aid/CPR/AED Weather Safety, Trek Safely, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim, Climb Safely Wilderness First Aid I would add that the following courses be developed and made required: Water Trek Planning/Safety (develop this course) Back-country Trek Planning/Safety (develop this course) What say you? Do YOU have any courses that leaders should take OR that should be developed?