Fall is the time of year where many scouting units resume their program after taking a brief summer vacation from regular meeting nights and this is also the time where many new adult volunteers sign on to help lead scouts on a journey that dates back to 1910. For many, this time can be a little intimidating with parental expectations and no real training.
Fortunately, the Boy Scouts of America has several training programs available and they are on line which can jump start the new leaders on a path that can be fun as well as provide the proper leadership for their youth.
Taking youth protection training is the first goal all leaders will be required to take as well as new leader essentials and leader specific training. These are the first stages of a wide variety of educational sessions designed to benefit the new leader and scouts as well.
Looking through the scout handbooks will offer previews of badges and awards that are age appropriate for the scouts.
Attending round tables will help new leaders meet new friends and get immediate ideas and answers to programming questions and will also give the opportunity to meet the District staff.
Going on-line will help new leaders find awards that are new and unique to the program and can help leaders provide a quality program in offering activities that might be considered "thinking outside of the box."
One of these awards, is the new "Friends of Scouting Radio" badge which was designed and created by Scouting Radio's manager Justin Dawson, and basically to earn this badge a scout or scout group is required to record a radio program on scouting and have it play on Scouting Radio's web site.
To learn more about this award, contact Brent Bowman, Director of Support Services at Bay-Lakes Council or visit www.scoutingradio.com. Brent has promised to have information available on the Bay-Lakes Council web site as well.
The key to finding answers to your questions is knowing what to ask and whom to ask for help and advice. The Internet is a great tool to help discover new program ideas and look to the International scout programs to gather new ideas that others might be doing in other countries to help keep things fresh.