The Training Times
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New District Committee Basic Training
District committee training has been taught the same way for many years with a very
dated course. By leveraging the BSA Learn Center, we can give the district committee
a learning environment that provides them the content they need when they need it,
and we can leverage professional training for consistency in district training. This new learning replaces the District Committee Workshop and will provide learning plans aligned with the various district committee positions and functions.
Position-trained status (D61, D62, D75) will be provided for those who complete their training. Position training includes:
District Committee Vice Chair
Member at Large
Activities and Civic Service Chair
Camping and Outdoor Chair
As the online training supersedes the District Committee Workshop, use of the District Committee Workshop syllabus for training should be discontinued.
Are you on Facebook? If so, have you found the BSA volunteer training page? We have 13,800+ “Follows” and more than 13,800 “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.
CubCast and ScoutCast
Whether you have a new den, pack, or troop, or maybe you’re a seasoned Scouter looking for new best practices, the Scouting magazine podcasts have something for every Scouting leader, parent, and even professionals.
Oct.—How to Have a Meaningful Court of Honor
Nov.—Why You Should Be Winter Camping
Dec.—The Merit Badge Process…Don’t Cut Corners
As a bonus, each podcast features a timely Safety Moment to keep everyone Scout-safe.
You can find these and archived podcasts at www. podcast.scouting.org. There is also a transcript included with each podcast. You can subscribe to each podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss a single episode. You can send us your ideas for future podcasts by tweeting us at:
Direct-Contact Leaders Trained Goal for 2019
WHAT? National goal to achieve at least 50 percent of direct-contact leaders trained (organization-wide)
WHEN? By December 31, 2019
WHO? As listed in JTE, direct-contact leaders include
Tiger Den Leaders (TL)
Den Leaders (DL)
Webelos Den Leaders (WL)
Crew Advisors (NL)
So…how are we doing? We ended July 2019 with 49.3% DCLT (46.4% at the end of July 2018).
Volunteer development conferences in the Florida Keys! January 2020! See the flyer and below for complete conference listings and descriptions and registration information!
Spotlight on Service
Bob Hisey – Central Region Training Chair
Central Region Training Chair Bob Hisey is a lifelong Scouter with extensive experience as a leader, trainer, and commissioner. Bob is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow. He has been recognized with the Silver Beaver Award and multiple BSA training awards and recognitions for distinguished service. Before being appointed to his current position, Bob served as the Area 6 advancement chair. His Scouting resume includes service as a unit leader, multiple district and council leadership positions, and area key 3 service as area 6 commissioner. He currently serves as a member of the National Community Relations Subcommittee.
Bob is a 43-year US Air Force veteran and currently serves as a senior data analyst at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Additional professional experiences include operations trainer and evaluator, senior data analyst, operations manager, and NASIC Alert Center director.
Bob earned a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Maryland with additional study at the Korean Language Institute at Yonsei University in
Seoul, South Korea. He and his wife Elizabeth reside in Bellbrook, Ohio, and have three children and six grandchildren. Bob is an active member of his community as a
basketball coach, Bible school coordinator, softball coach, and black belt instructor.
Bob is a Master Mason (32nd Degree Scottish Rite and York Rite KT). As Central Region training chair, Bob will also be serving as a member of the Central Region Program Committee and the Scouting University Support Committee.
Wood Badge Update Task Force
The Wood Badge Update Task Force was chartered in 2015 to review and assess the Wood Badge syllabus. The learning objectives and all component presentations and competencies were reviewed and restated for relevance in today’s world and to better
align with Bloom’s taxonomy. To accommodate our 21st century volunteers, the course has been reconfigured into a five-day format. Our Wood Badge marketing and communication assets have been re-branded to better communicate its value proposition. The logo will communicate the features and benefits of the program, appealing to new and younger adult leadership in all Scouting programs. The brand assets and guidelines are available at www.woodbadgeBSA.org.
Ten National and Regional Pilots in 2018
During 2018 two national pilots of the updated Wood Badge course were conducted—one at Florida Sea Base in late January and another at Philmont Training Center in late March. In addition, eight regional pilots (two per region) took place from mid-July to mid-November. In all, nearly six hundred volunteer participants and staff successfully tested the updated curriculum. The updated material focuses on increasing awareness of oneself and others, improvement of listening and communication skills, managing difficult conversations, using the four styles of human behavior, strengthening our culture of youth empowerment, and other key competencies of effective leaders. These traits leverage and build on decades of the BSA’s experience, knowledge, and expertise in working with millions of leaders and youth for more than a century. These competencies, along with Scouting’s mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes, overarch everything we do in Scouting, giving value to everyone, no matter our differences, and helping people, young and old, develop to their full potential.
2018 Wood Badge Regional Pilot Course Evaluations
In December 2018 BSA’s Research Group conducted an evaluation to measure the eight Wood Badge regional pilots. The survey format was similar to the national Wood Badge survey our task force conducted late in 2015 of recent Wood Badge participants and staff, thus making some comparisons of the two surveys possible even though the number of participants in regional pilots was considerably smaller than the national survey in 2015. Comparing the 2015 national WB survey results to the 2018 survey results for the eight regional pilot courses, there is a handsome increase in the Net Promoter Score (NPS) between the two surveys (see table below).
Overall, both participants and staff recommend the updated Wood Badge course to other volunteers and to Scouting professionals, and staff would recommend participating as a part of the staff. Participants reported that the Wood Badge experience provided them with useful information and prepared them to help grow Scouting and impact the lives of youth in Scouting programs. The course increased their enthusiasm and their sense of belonging and commitment. Wood Badge helped them feel better prepared, informed, and empowered.
“The course increased their enthusiasm and their sense of belonging and commitment. Wood Badge helped them feel better prepared, informed, and empowered.”
Participants gave the regional Wood Badge pilot courses high grades: 96.7% gave it either an “A” or a “B” grade. The course creates a warmer, friendlier, inclusive, welcoming environment for participants. It should attract more participants. If that environment can be sustained over time, it will have an excellent long-term impact.
Wood Badge is a training program developed, owned, and authorized by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America. Local councils serve as the representative of the National Council in conducting this program in accordance with these policies and procedures. It is the duty of the local council to promote Wood Badge as a part of the Scouting program and to provide leadership and support to deliver Wood Badge in a manner that is consistent and ensures compliance with the policies, procedures, direction, and support material contained herein. Consistent delivery of the Wood Badge program nationwide is an expectation of all courses.
Leadership for Scouting – Leadership for America
September 8 – 9, 2019 – 100th Anniversary of the 1st Wood Badge Course in England at Gilwell Park, Epping Forest (near London, England).
Fall 2019 – Regional course director’s conferences take place in every region. Councils may begin using the updated Wood Badge material following attendance at Wood Badge regional course director’s conferences.
January 1, 2020 – All councils use the updated Wood Badge syllabus and new brand Guidelines.
Feel free to contact us for further information.
Randall K. Cline, Chair Wood Badge Update Task Force
Boy Scouts of America
Tom Giugni, Vice-Chair Leadership Development
Boy Scouts of America
Mark J. Nelson, Team Lead Leadership Development
Boy Scouts of America
Summit Bechtel Reserve
Located in the mountains of “Wild and Wonderful” southern West Virginia, the Summit is an ideal location for your next conference or meeting. Their staff is ready to provide a great experience and support your event and meeting needs. Take advantage of the 10,000+ acres of the Summit and the many activities they can offer your group. Of course, no trip to the Summit would be complete without a raft trip down the New River! The Summit is within one day’s drive for many councils. The
closest airports to the Summit are Charleston, WV; Pittsburgh, PA; or Charlotte, NC.
The Pigott Headquarters is centrally located in the center of the Summit and is easily accessible to the Thomas G. Pigott Dining Hall and Bunkhouse. Facilities include:
- Two meeting rooms, each with a seating capacity of 50 and audio/visual support.
- Large lobby area for meeting, breaks, & dining.
- Reception desk.
- Outdoor covered porch.
REX W. TILLERSON LEADERSHIP CENTER
The Rex W. Tillerson Leadership Center is a great location for your training needs. Facilities include:
- Six large classrooms with AV capabilities. Each classroom can accommodate up to 40 participants.
- Ross Perot Leadership hall is a 2,662 square foot lecture hall that can accommodate up to 160 participants.
- Catering preparation kitchen.
- Large lobby and patio area for registration and meeting breaks.
- Two classrooms are divided by a sliding parting, that when opened will provide a conference room with a seating capacity of up to 100 participants.
- The Rees-Jones Foundation Leadership Veranda offers a unique outdoor classroom or social space.
J.W. MARRIOTT, JR. LEADERSHIP CENTER & GENE H. YAMAGATA HALL
The J.W. Marriott, Jr. Leadership Center & the Gene H. Yamagata Hall will be operational as of Jan. 1, 2020. Among their many features, the facilities will include:
- Seating for 280 with full AV capabilities.
- 32 double queen rooms.
- 8 queen rooms.
- Full kitchen food service.
- Dining area seating 300 to accommodate meal and breaks needs.
- And so much more!
For pricing and additional information on these and all other conference venues at the Summit, contact Larry Boggs, Summit Training & Conference Director, at Larry.R.Boggs@scouting.org.
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