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By Chris Tucker NEED TO KNOW


Go Back to College


Big changes are on the way for Scouting’s training pro- grams. The new system, called Scouting University, will transform the way the organization conducts train- ing for employees, volunteers and leadership. “Our councils vary greatly in their approach to train- ing volunteers,” says Robyn Schaub, the BSA’s internal communications manager. “So a volunteer in Arkansas and a volunteer in California might have two completely different experiences of being trained to lead a troop or fill a board position or volunteer position. Some of the training processes are much more consistent and


thorough than others.” The goal is to bring that


consistency and depth to every part of training, whether it’s done face-to- face, online or through other delivery mechanisms. The faculty of Scouting University will be “doers” with hands-on knowledge, not corporate trainers who have never experienced Scouting, Schaub says. And the new system will follow a national trend toward more on-the-job training rather than bring- ing people from all over the country to a training center. Above all, Scouting U


will correct what Schaub says is a major weakness in the current system. “One of our challenges with training now is that it’s not measured against the competencies actually needed for jobs,” she says. “For example, we don’t


measure whether a three-day training session had a positive impact on your ability to raise money or recruit volunteers.”


Stay tuned to scouting.org


for more details about Scouting University to be released later this spring.


SAFETY ALERT For the Record


Just as you wouldn’t head into the backcountry without a first-aid kit, Scouters should always have an up-to-date Annual Health and Medical Record, or AHMR, on file, says Richard Bourlon, the BSA’s health and safety team leader. Why? Bourlon explains: 1. The AHMR lets leaders know about any limitations or restrictions for Scouting activities. 2. The AHMR contains emergency contact information. 3. The AHMR contains enough data to allow a health provider in the field to treat a patient if a family member cannot be contacted, or if the patient is unconscious or unfamiliar with his or her own medical history.


JORI BOLTON


MICHAEL ROYTEK/BSA FILE PHOTO


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