This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
The area council's planning and program for leadership training for the council is covered in the Handbooks for Executives and the Standard Local Council Constitution and By-Laws. In this Handbook for Rural Scouting, the district is given the main emphasis because it is in the district that Scouting reaches rural boys directly. The Training Committee must train all leaders already on the job, also new men who might through training become related in some way to Scouting.
The District Leadership Training Committee represents two groups of parallel interests. It is the district "arm" of the Area Council Training Committee to aid in offering the needed training courses, as provided in the annual council work plan. It also is the agency to hunt out the training needs of the men of the district and help these men to accept training. The Committee should:
1. Study the district-what training each Scouter and leader has had-what new training is needed for these men-what newly organized groups of men will need what kind of training courses.
2. Incorporate these in the council training schedule as planned to include district training courses.
3. Help the District Chairman and the District Commissioner Staff get the men of the district into the courses.
4. In counsel with the District Chairman and the Council Training Committee, to find places for holding training courses and conferences.
5. In counsel with the District Chairman and the Council Training Committee, to find needed instructors and Patrol leaders for courses and to conduct courses themselves.
The membership of the District Training Committee should include, as Chairman, A MAN OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEADERSHIP TYPE, who can plan, organize and administer a training program, securing the cooperation of members of his committee.
ONE OR MORE EDUCATORS, the County Superintendent of Schools, the Principal of the consolidated or central High School, the teacher in the rural school --one or more of these may well be on the Committee, keeping in mind that Scout "learning by doing" is quite unlike the school lessons of many schools, and that the training of adult Scouters in their free time calls for methods quite different from those of most schools. Avoid selecting men who are habitual theorists, select practical men who know country life and its people now-not men who ONCE knew them.
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ANY SALES MANAGER, or personnel manager, or crew manager, or foreman, who is accustomed to dealing with men and helping train men for their jobs.
A PHYSICIAN, who in addition to fine character and standing, not only knows "First Aid" but can teach it effectively to others, on a rural need basis. The telephone employees may prove helpful.
REPRESENTATIVES OF RURAL RELIGIOUS GROUPS. In districts it is desirable to include on the committee one or more rural pastors of religious groups, especially if they be interested particularly in religious education for country people. Sometimes a rural Sunday School Superintendent, or a member of a Protestant, Jewish and Catholic teaching staff can help.
AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH MAN. Anyone living in the district who is engaged in rural research- whether in chemistry, experiment station work, or any rural industry-may have an educational slant which would be useful. Sometimes a man with such interests (and training) may be found in the person of an "agricultural college graduate" farmer, or in a bank, or local farm machinery and feed store, or related to the local newspaper, farm journal or farm trade journals.
OTHERS. With the very wide spread of high school training in America and the generous distribution of men with college, agricultural and other technical school training-there is hardly a county without some men with experience as indicated above. Also in many counties there are men who have "retired," men who have really outstanding agricultural backgrounds and whose time and whose attitudes would make them truly valuable. In areas where summer or winter resorts are to be found, there are distinguished part-time local residents, many of whom come year after year, and would be happy to help in the local District Scout affairs. Leaders of other outdoor movements may be called upon-Four-H Club Leaders, Future Farmer Club Leaders, Athletic Coaches, Directors of Religious Education, Engineers, Safety Council Members, County Red Cross and visiting Nurse and Public Health Officials, Foresters, Grange Leaders, Farm Bureau and Farm Cooperative Leaders.
The size of the District Training Committee probably will depend on two factors:
1. The size of the district itself.
2. The amount of training to be done.
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In actual practice they vary from a one-man-district-member-of-the-council-committee to a group of ten or a dozen men striving to help the district Scouters and leaders of boys do a better job by offering them various kinds of training.
The size of the district, the amount of open country or farm area it contains, and the ease or difficulty of local transportation-these are factors which will determine how many training courses will be needed in the district. The courses of previous years, the number of new men as replacements or leading newly-organized groups-all these are factors which the District Training Committee must needs consider in planning.
In a small closely-knit council, it may be desirable to hold only a few courses in a nearby district. In a council of several counties, it will be necessary to be sure that training opportunity is "taken to" those who need it and made convenient to secure.