Scout Leader Training - Skills 1

Jun 5 2008

Scout Leader Training - Skills 1

Posted by Webonix at 9:12 PM Scouts

The training continues, my 2nd out of 3 weekends was at Manjedal. Many from my Essentials weekend were then and a lot of new faces. For the skills training, we were spit into our sections, then the Cubs were put into Sixes - I am in Tawny (the same Six my son started in :-)

This was pretty neat, not only were we learning how to be Leaders, but also go to see it from the Cubs point of view. The only down-side was the Trainers kept on reminding us that there were only good Cubs this weekend. Slackers!! If only it was that easy to get Cubs to behave. Well, actually, it didn't work on the adults, so why should it work on kids.

And those that know my, it will not be a surprise to read that I was one of the 'cheeky' Cubs. When one of my fellow trainees was doing a discussion on sportsmanship (which I corrected him on - twice), he asked 'What would happen to all the kids that were not all that good at playing football?' Well that was too good an opportunity to let slide - 'They would get signed up by West Coast Eagles'. That earned me some time on the thinking chair - So I thought about how the Dockers were going this weekend.

I was amazed to see how quickly to two Sixes became extremely competitive and were quick with the taunts and mocking. Then after thinking about it for a bit, I don't think the kids are not as bad as us.

After a very long first day, I was looking forward to a good sleep; so I would be fresh and keen the next day to get right back into it. When I went into a dorm, one of my fellow trainees warned us all that he snored - and quick loudly; Yeah thats cool we all said. Well, by 3am it all came to much for me. I tried the hallway for a while, but I could still hear him. Then I found a bench under the stars and tested out my new -5 sleeping back (I think the rating is about right). So after staring at the Southern Cross for a while a listing to the possums running across the rooftop (which was still quieter than the snoring) I got a couple of hours sleep.

The second day was as good as the first, a nice mix of class work and outdoor activities. And a nice mix of being a Leader and a Cub. It is good to be able to have a practice run at being a Leader, and it is great fun being a Cub (no wonder Scouting is so popular). And the trainers seem to have just as much time too - which is a good thing considering the lousy pay conditions.