One of the first questions that new leaders ask is: “What am I supposed to do? What is expected of me?” Another important question is “How do I do it?” That’s where training comes in. Training shows new leaders how to do their jobs and allows for an interchange of ideas with more experienced leaders.
Everyone needs training for anything that is new or is to be done well. We train Cub Scout leaders to be sure that boys get a quality fun filled program. People gain confidence from knowing what others expect of them. When leaders understand the whys and hows of Cub Scouting, they are more effective in their roles.
Trained leaders have a positive influence on the lives of boys. At the same time, they enjoy the feeling of self-satisfaction that comes from knowing their efforts are truly worthwhile. How well the Boy Scouts of America influences the lives of boys depends on the leaders’ understanding of the program and their responsibilities.
Cub Scout leader training is simply collecting what leaders already know about boys and organizing this information toward the purposes and methods of Cub Scouting. Training helps leaders gain knowledge, develop good attitudes, and learn the skills necessary for their leadership position. It shows them how to use the available resources to provide an exciting and worthwhile program for the boys. It gives them confidence in carrying out their responsibilities. As a result, Cub Scouts receive a program based on Scouting’s aims: CITIZENSHIP TRAINING, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, and PERSONAL FITNESS.
The Boy Scouts of America’s training plan not only provides training for new leaders, but it also provides continuing training for all leaders. Leaders continue to learn through experience and from addition training opportunities. They stay up-to-date and acquire new skills that help them do a better job with the boys. Ongoing training is essential to keep leaders informed and active. There is no such thing as “once trained, always trained”.