I got an email the other day from my Stake Presidency stating that WE HAVE GOALS!!! The message text read:
“As a stake we have set a goal to increase the number of “trained” leaders in our scouting programs, with the ultimate goal being 100%. This coming Saturday, the district is providing Leader Specific Training, and we would like to extend an invitation for you to attend.
You wouldn’t expect to start a new job and be effective without obtaining the proper training. Your calling as a scout leader is no different. Scout leader training is not offered to provide you with the opportunity to attend another meeting. Rather, it is provided to help you function more productively in your calling, and to help you succeed.
Trained leaders provide a quality, fun-filled program for Scouting units. When leaders understand Scouting, they are more effective in their roles, and will provide a more meaningful program for the young men in their charge.
Let’s take this opportunity to make our Stake the most highly trained Zone (Stake) in the district!”
YYYYYEEEEEEAAAAAAAAA!! It took a while, but this is what I was hoping for when I first asked this question back in January. The statement above about starting a new job without training is so true! In fact, it probably wouldn’t hurt to re-read the article by Charles Dahlquist to be reminded of the importance of training. I hope the next step is to get each group progressing on their own Journey To Excellence goals. I’m very happy to hear we have a growing support structure that is encouraging our youth leaders to help build a stronger program. Let’s git er done!