The Volunteer Training Committee has just released a new course syllabus designed to prepare trainers to deliver effective training for youth and volunteers.
The Fundamentals of Training course is the first phase of the three-part train-the-trainer continuum (T3, or T-Cubed) in the Boy Scouts of America. The course’s purpose is to introduce teaching techniques and skills to new Scout trainers as well as help those Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. It will also help those who may have trained for other organizations learn the BSA’s training techniques and will help “freshen up” the skills of current BSA trainers. The course is intended for both youth and adult trainers.
The Fundamentals of Training is available for download on the Adult training page.
Upon completion of The Fundamentals of Training, new trainers will be able to apply the techniques across BSA’s leadership development programs, from unit-level youth leader training taught by youth for youth to position-specific and supplemental training for adult leaders. Upon completion of this first part, new trainers are coached and mentored by experienced trainers as they become comfortable with and confident in their training skills.
The Trainer’s EDGE is the second part of the train-the-trainer continuum. As trainers develop their skills, Trainer’s EDGE provides an additional opportunity for trainers to enhance their abilities. Trainer’s EDGE also supplements the training development sessions offered during faculty development for advanced leadership training courses and provides increased familiarity with the EDGE model that is used throughout the training. Trainer’s EDGE is mandatory for NYLT and Wood Badge staff members.
The third part of the continuum is the Master Trainer course taught at one of the BSA’s national volunteer training centers or at the regional level.