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 Training Course outlines as prepared by the National Educational Service contain very full suggested outlines and schedules and course content for large town and urban Scouting. Hence those items are not stressed here. Most of them follow this plan.
1. Pre-Opening or Gathering Period (Late Registrations, etc.).
2. Calling meeting to order-Opening.
3. Morale Period-songs, get-acquainted stunts.
4. Introduction of Rural "Course Scoutmaster."
5. General Announcements.
6. Organization of Course Patrols.
7. Take time to reseat by Patrols.
8. Presentation of first subject (Whole Group).
9. Patrols discuss subject (prepared questions).
10. Patrols reconvene for reports and conclusions.
11. An activity or skill period of 20 to 50 minutes followed by 20 minute Patrol discussion of same.
12. Special Activity Period on another activity.
13. Short 2 minute inspirational period.
14. Closing exercises developed for training reasons using different ways on different occasions.
1. Have a definite subject area to explore.
2. Have everyone at ease-a democratic group.
3. Make men think-raise and encourage questions.
4. Avoid extended arguments. A discussion should not be an argument. Educative processes are a search for truth, not a debate. This applies also to official policies. If a man has a different idea on policy, encourage him to reduce it to writing later for the proper committee.
5. Avoid heated arguments - they have become "closed-minded."
6. Get men to illustrate general statements they make.
7. Keep on the track, not getting too far afield.
8. Do not avoid questions or "bluff." Face fact and need squarely and honestly.
9. Keep both the real and the ideal in mind.
10. Neither make nor permit speeches.
11. Get every man to take part; experience or questions.
12. Summarize conclusions reached.
In presenting any subject to a training course group of men, the speaker is urged to:
1. Outline the subject matter carefully and simply.
3. If possible mimeograph the "highpoints," to be distributed before or after.
4. The object is not to impress the group with a speech, but to get them "thinking clearly" and to understand the subject. This means that the speaker must not eclipse his subject or oversell.
5. Encourage questions at various points.
6. Reenforce generalizations with examples and practical applications.
7. In courses for rural leaders, tie into their experiences for the examples of topics being presented.
8. Close with terse summary.