Training Updates

The Training Times

Summer 2020
Download Printer-Friendly Version
PRESENTING NYLT AND WOOD BADGE

DURING THE COVID-19 PADEMIC

Many councils have NYLT or Wood Badge courses scheduled to occur during the
summer and fall of 2020. Those council staffs are discussing how to present the curriculum while maintaining increased sanitation, disease prevention and suggested or mandated social distancing while still adhering to the NYLT or Wood Badge curriculum. Scouting U maintains these courses must be presented in-person and face-to-face. However, to accommodate local and government guidelines, we recruited experienced NYLT and Wood Badge course directors and volunteers, knowledgeable about challenge events, to evaluate each curriculum and propose modifications, which may be used by a course staff. These modifications can only be used when a council course is restricted from using the published curriculum due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attached, you will find a list of activities for each curriculum with allowable, alternate activities that provide more distance for participants and a healthier environment.

Additionally, NYLT and Wood Badge course directors must confirm with their local council whether the course may occur, the maximum size of the group that can gather, and other restrictions appropriate for the jurisdiction. Councils can make these determinations by working closely with their council health supervisor and local health department.

“These modifications can only be used when a council course is restricted from using the published curriculum due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

NYLT and Wood Badge staff should refer to BSA “Safety Moments”, https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ safety-moments/pre-event-medical- screening/

BSA recommendations for prevention of communicable diseases, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community/schools-childcare/summer- camps.html and local guidelines to determine any change in course preparations and logistics of a local course. Such changes may occur in the way you serve food, congregate as a group, tenting, sanitation, etc.

If your council chooses to postpone your NYLT or Wood Badge course, please email your Area Training Chair, Kathy Craig, Kathy.Craig@scouting.org and Skylar Henderson, Sklar.Henderson@scouting.org. 

If your council chooses to postpone your NYLT or Wood Badge course, please email your Area Training Chair, Kathy Craig, Kathy.Craig@scouting.org and Skylar Henderson, Sklar.Henderson@scouting.org. Provide your council name, any assigned course number, current scheduled date of course, new scheduled date of course, name of course director, assistant course director and scheduled venue; a new application is not required.  If your council is changing a course director, assistant course director or the host venue, then you must submit a new application to host a NYLT or Wood Badge course.

Attachments:

Replacement activities for Wood Badge
Replacement activities for NYLT
Q&A postponing course communication

2020 WOOD BADGE, NYLT, & POWDER HORN COURSE CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19 FAQS

Q. “My council’s Wood Badge/NYLT/Powder Horn course is postponing our current 2020 date(s) into 2021 due to COVID-19. The Course Director and Back Up Course Director leadership will stay the same. What do I need to do to communicate this information to Scouting U?”

A. This would be considered a postponed course-due to COVID-19. An email should be sent to the area training chairman and Skylar Henderson at Scouting U skylar.henderson@scouting.org with the following information:

  • Council Name
  • Location
  • Course Number
  • Course Director Name:
  • Original 2020 Date
  • New 2021 Date

Q. “My council’s Wood Badge/NYLT/Powder Horn course is postponing our current 2020 date(s) into 2021 due to COVID-19. The Course Director and/or Back Up Course Director leadership is changing. What do I need to do to communicate this information to Scouting U?”

A. Because of the leadership change, this would be a new course and not a postponed course. It would require a new Request For Authorization to Conduct a National Training Course.

Q. “My council conducts a cluster course with our neighboring councils. We will be postponing our 2020 Wood Badge/NYLT/Powder Horn course into 2021 due to COVID-19. The host council will change. What do I need to do to communicate this is formation to Scouting U?”

A. If a cluster course changes host councils-a new, Request For Authorization to Conduct a National Training Course approved application is required. In addition to having a new host council, there are other changes such as staff advisor, budgets, etc., that warrant a new application.

Q. “My council conducts a cluster course with our neighboring councils. We will be postponing our 2020 Wood Badge/NYLT/Powder Horn course into 2021 due to COVID-19. The host council will stay the same. What do I need to do to communicate this information to Scouting U?”

A. This would be considered a postponed course-due to COVID-19. An email should be sent to the area training chairman and Skylar Henderson at skylar.henderson@scouting.org with the following information:

  • Council Name
  • Location
  • Course Number
  • Course Director Name:
  • Original 2020 Date
  • New 2021 Date

Remember, leadership changes require a new and approved Request For Authorization to Conduct a National course.

Q. “My council’s Wood Badge course is postponing our current 2020 date(s) into 2021 due to COVID-19. The Course Director and Back Up Course Director leadership will stay the same. But their CDC certification will expire before our new 2021 Course date. What do we do?

A. This should not happen. All new Wood Badge Course Directors and Backup Course Directors are required to attend the current version of the Course Directors Conference that aligns with the new syllabus. Those certifications are good for 24 months, so those certifications should not expire before the postponed courses are conducted.

Q. “My council has postponed our 2020 NYLT course(s) into 2021. We have youth staff members who will age out before the course takes place in 2021. Would they still be considered youth staff and be able to serve in those youth staff positions?”

A. Unfortunately-No. Any youth who ages out may only serve in adult positions.

“Remember, leadership changes require a new, and approved
Request For Authorization to Conduct a National Course”

 

National Volunteer Training Conference
Future of BSA Training Planning
August 27 – 29, 2020 – Las Vegas , NV

During the last five years, the National Volunteer Training/Learning Delivery Sub-
Committee gathered together at Scouting U Westlake Campus in Westlake, Texas,
Bethesda, Maryland, and Las Vegas, NV. We enjoyed a weekend of fun, fellowship,
learning, and idea-sharing. We looked back to where we had been and used feedback
from the field in assessing where we need to go in the future.

We would like to invite you to join us in August of 2020 for some similar activities,
but also to help us to truly plan the future of training in the BSA. We are nearing the end of the multi-year research project “Building Evidence in Scouting Together” or BEST. Montclair State University and the American Institutes for Research have been surveying and interviewing thousands of Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Scouts BSA youth over the past 2-1/2 years.

There are thousands of research hours already invested with the goal of understanding if trained adult leaders better impact outcomes for the youth and on the quality of the program. We have the first wave of data and will have the second wave of data by the conference. We intend to provide an overview of the data,
think about the reasons for the data being what it is, and talk about potential future
actions to improve overall training and outcomes for the youth. We would love for
you to be a part of that thinking and planning for the future of training!!!

We are inviting the regional training chairs, area training chairs, sub-committee members, council training chairs, and subject-matter experts to join us.

In addition to the BEST activities, several critical training topics will be discussed:

  • Updates to face-to-face and online training
  • Upgrades to the LMS
  • Wood Badge & NYLT Syllabus updates
  • My.Scouting Tools
  • Scouts BSA Training Activities
  • Webinars/livestreams/VILT

REGISTER: 2020 NATIONAL VOLUNTEER TRAINING CONFERENCE

For your convenience, below is info for a non-casino hotel near the BSA office. Of course, the Strip is not far away, and there are many more choices there.

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Las Vegas Airport
7250 Pollock Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89119 (~ .3 miles)
702.948.4000. We have a block of rooms available at
$85.00/night if people are  interested:
Link to Block of Double Tree Rooms

The cost is $75.00 per person (conference fee only: covers meals [Friday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Saturday breakfast and lunch] and materials; travel and housing are not included). Hotel and travel accommodations will be handled by each conference attendee. You should plan to be at the Las Vegas Area Council BSA office no later than 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27th, and if flying, you should schedule your return flight for any time after the closing on Saturday August 29th late afternoon.

What to Bring: Comfortable clothing (uniforms are not required), a good attitude, and lots of great ideas!

 

THE NUTS-AND-BOLTS OF TRAINING
Week 1: Florida Sea Base, January 10 – 16, 2021

Designed for unit-, district- and council-level volunteers and professional Scouters. The conference will cover the mechanics of training including the latest tools, techniques and best practices. Participants will be instructed in how to use My Scouting tools and the BSA Learn Center. They will discuss basic training requirements for leaders, as well as how to run training reports. Also, to be covered: meeting the Journey to Excellence goals for training, monitoring and promoting volunteer training awards, and many more topics. (See below)

  • Recruiting and leading your training team. What goals you and your team are expected to meet.
  • How to meet and exceed your district’s training needs.
  • Locating resources available to your training team.
  • How to plan, organize, make and implement a training plan.
  • The latest “What makes a Trained Leader” information.
  • How to get 100% of your direct contact leaders trained.
  • What training you are expected to provide. Providing online and instructor-led training Which meetings you should attend.
  • How to use Training Manager in My.Scouting Tools.
  • Applying all of these concepts within your district.

The primary audience for this conference is district training chairs and members of the district training committee. Others who will benefit from this interactive conference include anyone interested in serving on a training team. Our promise to you is an action-packed, fun- filled week where we will all learn from each other and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and surroundings at Florida Sea Base!

“Our promise to you is an action- packed, fun-filled week…”

 

NEW ENGLISH FACILITATOR’S YPT GUIDE

A new English version of the Facilitator’s Guide for In-Person Youth Protection Training is now available. Please contact your Scout Executive who can share this link with training chairs, YPT champions, district executives — anyone responsible for in-person facilitated training.

Please note: This training is NOT intended for broad distribution and is for use specifically by training teams who are prepared to teach this course. Please do not post on publicly facing web sites.

 

NATIONAL ADVANCED YOUTH LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE (NAYLE) AT THE SUMMIT

Due to COVID-19 related closures of the 2020 Philmont summer programs all Philmont NAYLE courses have been canceled. This followed the earlier cancellation of NAYLE Session 1 at the Summit. Following cancellations of Philmont NAYLE courses, an additional Summit NAYLE course is scheduled for July 19-25, 2020.

A full complement of 2021 NAYLE courses have already been scheduled for both Philmont and the Summit. Registration will open during fall 2020.

 

EVERY SCOUT DESERVES A TRAINED LEADER

If you had a magic wand, would you use it to make the Scouting program better and more fun for youth so they stayed in Scouting longer, so it had a larger impact on their lives? What if the same magic wand made leadership roles easier, more rewarding, and led to better retention among adult leaders? Would using that magic wand be a top priority?

Well, such a magic wand does exist—in the form of the learning programs for leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.

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.  Trained leaders exhibit knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them.

Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!

 

JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) is the BSA’s planning, performance, and recognition program designed to encourage and reward the success of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. JTE updates each month on the 8th, 16th, and 28th.

DIRECT-CONTACT LEADERS TRAINED GOAL

Access your unit, district, or council JTE scorecard here:
https://www.scouting.org/awards/journey-to-excellence/

The National JTE goal is to achieve at least 52 percent of direct-contact leaders trained (organization-wide) by December 31, 2020

So… how are we doing?

We ended December 2019 with 50% DCLT!!! (46.5% at the end of October 2018).
WHO? As listed in JTE, direct-contact leaders include:

  • Cubmasters (CM)
  • Tiger Den Leaders (TL)
  • Den Leaders (DL)
  • Webelo Den Leaders (WL)
  • Scoutmasters (SM)
  • Crew Advisors (NL)
  • Skippers (SK)

2020 Course Director’s Conference Schedule

Southern Region
Donald W. Reynolds Center – Damascus, AR – September 18-20, 2020
Camp Bud Schiele – Rutherford, NC – September 26-27, 2020
Frank Fickett Scout Training Center – Austin, TX – October 24-25, 2020

North East Region 
Marriott Scout Service Center – Bethesda, MD – September 12, 2020
Alpine Scout Camp – Alpine, NJ – October 17-18, 2020
Alpine Scout Camp – Alpine, NJ – October 23-25, 2020

Central Region
Maytag Scout Center – Des Moines, IA – October 24, 2020
Camp Belzer – Indianapolis, IN – October 9-10, 2020
Camp Kiwanis – Minnesota – October 9, 2020
Holy Cross Church – Libertyville, IL – October 10, 2020
Spalding Pastoral Center – Peoria, IL – October 24, 2020
St David’s Episcopal Church – Lansing, Michigan – October 24, 2020
John Knox Presbyterian Church – N. Canton, OH – TBD

Western Region
Camp Fife – Collinston, UT- October 23-24, 2020
Buljan Middle School – Roseville, CA – TBD
R-C Scout Ranch – Payson, AZ- TBD
Camp Thunderbird – Summit Lake, WA – TBD
St Paul High School – Santa Fe Springs, CA – October 17, 2020
Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch – Elbert, CO – September 18, 2020
Grand Canyon Council Service Center – Phoenix, AZ – TBD

Register for a CDC at: https://www.scouting.org/training/conferences/


Are you on Facebook?

 If so, have you found the BSA volunteer training page? We have 14,000+ “Follows” and likes,”and the number is growing every day. Encourage your Facebook friends to join us. You can find the page by logging into your Facebook account and putting “BSA Volunteer Training Team” in the search line.

TRAINING AWARDS

You have heard the saying “All Scouts deserve a trained leader”. Well, “All trained leaders deserve to be recognized”. The Volunteer Development Team at Scouting U has created a new look and more steam-lined version of all the Volunteer Training Awards.

Scouting asks a lot of you-the volunteer-and we want to recognize your time and talents will proper recognition. We took a long hard look at all the different training awards and worked towards delivering a more user- friendly application while keeping the requirements consistent and meaningful.

Thank you for your commitment to training and delivering the best possible Scouting experience to the youth in your community.

Access the Training Award Progress Record and Application at: https://www.scouting.org/training/adult/

New “Scouts B.S.A.” Training

The new online/facilitated version of the Scouts BSA training will be available on August 3rd.

Because of the change in the Learning Management System (LMS) you will need to complete any modules you may be currently working on. If you do not complete the training by August 3rd you will have to restart the training using the new learning plans and modules. The change to the Learning Plans will affect the following positions – Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, Committee Member and Merit Badge Counselor. The new online learning combines content, resulting in fewer modules and streamlined courses to help reduce the total time it takes to complete the training. The new facilitated course uses offline versions of the learning modules to facilitate maintenance on any future changes – thus the online and facilitated content are simultaneously updated to ensure consistency.

Please note: Completion of the appropriate portion of the Scouts BSA training will meet the requirements for.

  • Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster: S24 Scoutmaster Specific Training
  • Merit Badge Counselor: D76 Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Training
  • Troop Committee Chair & Committee: WS10 Troop Committee Challenge

Thank you for being a trained leader!

 


The Training Times is a publication of Volunteer Development, Scouting University, Boy Scouts of America

Joel Eacker – Scouting U Vice-Chair – Joel.Eacker@icloud.com
Tom Giugni – Scouting U Vice-Chair – TomGiugni@gmail.com
Kathy Craig – Editor – Volunteer Development Specialist – Kathy.Craig@scouting.org – 972-580-2295
Skylar Henderson – Editorial Assistant – Volunteer Development Training Assistant –
Skylar.Henderson@scouting.org – 972-580-2394
De Tan Nguyen – Volunteer Development Team Lead – Detan.Nguyen@scouting.org – 972-580-2191
Tim Rogers – Instructional Design Team Lead – Tim.Rogers@scouting.org
Steve Yackel – Scouting U Department Manager – Steve.Yackel@scouting.org