100% Trained Leader Goal
GUIDE TO LEADER TRAINING For Council Training Committees, District Training Committees, and Council Staff; 721-920, 2018 Printing, 59 pages.
In the early days of the Boy Scouts of America, James E. West, our first Chief Scout Executive, was
asked what the three greatest needs of the new movement were. He replied, “Training, training,
and training.” That is still true today.
Common sense tells us that training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders.
A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. The knowledge and confidence of a trained leader are quickly sensed by others. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more.
A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!
It is important to remember that adults must set the example. As we set expectations for Scouts to be trained as part of earning a rank, merit badge, or other recognition, we must expect that all adult leaders will similarly fulfill their training obligation requirements.
Our goal needs to be that we make sure all the leaders in the service area are trained. We are going to have success only when we decide that helping new leaders and untrained tenured leaders get the initial training they need quickly is important and that the training should be worthwhile, fun, and should help them to be effective in the roles they are taking on in Scouting.
The BSA training program is conducted on a “graded” approach that begins with basic skills related to individual roles volunteers take on and progresses over time to increasingly more challenging volunteer role and leadership courses. Early training focuses on basic skills directly related to delivering the Scouting program while supplemental and advanced courses delve into more of the philosophy of Scouting and leadership to support the programs of the Boy Scouts of America.
The training program also incorporates a recognition program at all levels of training to motivate and reward those who participate.