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Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training 2017 Summer Camp

Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training

 

To see the background on this training, check out this post.

We’ve been lining up trainers for all seven weeks of our Summer Camp program for the past couple of years now to present the training over multiple evenings. This program is really good at modeling the patrol method and works well in a large setting where you can have multiple patrols – but in a small setting, the patrol activities fall flat and are ineffective.

With the summer camp groups being really small – like two or three folks sometimes – this version of the training has been revised to cut down on the patrol activities (patrol name, flog, etc.) but not cut the discussion that is vital to the experience.

The PowerPoint slides are designed to be printed and used in a 3 ring flip book – just like Troop Guides use in Wood Badge.

If you’re a BSA Scouter looking for materials to run the Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training course in an outdoor setting, you can download the PowerPoint file here: SM Specific 2017 Summer Camp Presentation (39)

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Wood Badge Final Write Up Boilerplate

When I took Wood Badge, there was no real guidance on how to write up your ticket for final submission, just instruction that you had to do so. So, I created a Word document for it myself.

I’m serving as Troop Guide on a course now, so I went back to my write up doc and turned it into a boilerplate so I could share it with the patrol. Sharing it here in case anyone else might find it useful.

Wood Badge Final Write Up Boilerplate (52)

Wood Badge Final Write Up

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Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training 2016

Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training

In December 2014 the Boy Scouts of America released a new version of one it’s main training courses for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. The name of the course was changed from Scoutmaster & Assistant Specific Training to Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training, although the course number remains the same: S24.

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection Training are considered “trained” for their positions.

My wife and I ran the new course for the first time in our council in early 2015 at our Merit Badge University event. Overall, I think the course is a great improvement over the previous one. It’s more interactive and discussion based, which beats the old course’s format of sitting through hours of lecture.

We’ve both run the course a few times since then, making refinements each time based on feedback and our own observations of how the training sessions went. To that end, we’ve abandoned the entire rank advancement card section that runs throughout the course syllabus. While it seemed like a good idea, and we kept trying to make it work, in the end we found that the cards added nothing to the course and actually caused problems – slowed down progression, outright confusion, folks found it silly, etc.

If you’re a BSA Scouter looking for materials to run the Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training course, you can download the handouts we used here: Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (337) And you can get to the lastest updated PowerPoint presentation we created here on SlideShare. And the script that goes with the slides is here: Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training 2016 Script (194)

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S5-420-15 Gilwell Gazettes

S5-420-15 Gilwell Gazettes

 

I had a blast, serving as the Troop 1 Scribe for Wood Badge Course S5-420-15. Here are the Gilwell Gazettes I produced for the practical training weekends in March and April of 2015.  Starting with a pre-course issue zero that was used as promotion and then all the issues created during the two course weekends.

S5-420-15 Gilwell Gazette vol. 1, issue 0 (133)

S5-420-15 Gilwell Gazette vol. 1, issue 1 (126)

S5-420-15 Gilwell Gazette vol. 1, issue 2 (137)

S5-420-15 Gilwell Gazette vol. 1, issue 3 (117)

S5-420-15 Gilwell Gazette vol. 1, issue 4 (106)

S5-420-15 Gilwell Gazette vol. 1, issue 5 (110)

S5-420-15 Gilwell Gazette vol. 1, issue 6 (112)

 

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Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training

Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training

In December 2014 the Boy Scouts of America released a new version of one it’s main training courses for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. The name of the course was changed from Scoutmaster & Assistant Specific Training to Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training, although the course number remains the same: S24.

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection Training are considered “trained” for their positions.

My wife and I ran the new course for the first time in our council this weekend at our Merit Badge University event. Overall, I think the course is a great improvement over the previous one. It’s more interactive and discussion based, which beats the old course’s format of sitting through hours of lecture.

The only drawback on this course was the fact that the syllabus constantly references using the new Troop Leader Guidebooks, a two volume set that replaces the old Scoutmaster Handbook – which as of this post, is still not available – neither as a PDF download or for purchase.

This blog post on Scouting magazine’s blog about the Troop Leader Guidebooks from August 2013 shows an update from June 2014 that the books have been postponed until December 2014.scouting-blog-august-2013 Well, the syllabus for the Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training came out n December 2014, but we’re still waiting on the new guidebooks.

The absence of the new guidebooks made putting the course together a little tricky but using already available materials and a packet of handouts, we were able to run the new course successfully.

If you’re a BSA Scouter looking for materials to run the new Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training course, you can download the handouts we used here: Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training (337) And you can get to the PowerPoint presentation we created here on SlideShare.