Tag Archives: Leadership

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) training schedule for Fall, 2014

IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills) needs to be done in person. Typically, districts do a training session in the fall, and another in the spring, and it’s hard to fit into busy schedules So, here’s a heads-up on the IOLS training opportunities this fall.

Harford District will be doing their IOLS training October 24-26, with a required Orientation session on October 4th, all at Broadcreek. Download Outdoor Skills Training Fall 2014

Carroll District is doing theirs October 17-18, for more information contact Jim Morton at morton.jim@verizon.net

National Pike District training will be September 19-20, and you can get more information at http://www.baltimorebsa.org/event/1456900

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) training schedule for Fall, 2014

IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills) needs to be done in person. Typically, districts do a training session in the fall, and another in the spring, and it’s hard to fit into busy schedules So, here’s a heads-up on the IOLS training opportunities this fall.

Harford District will be doing their IOLS training October 24-26, with a required Orientation session on October 4th, all at Broadcreek.

Click to download flier for Outdoor Skills Training Fall 2014

Carroll District is doing theirs October 17-18, for more information contact Jim Morton at morton.jim@verizon.net

National Pike District training will be September 19-20, and you can get more information at http://www.baltimorebsa.org/event/1456900

Troop Elections to be Held Jan 9, 2014.

As some of you may know, our troop elections are coming up. The elections are going to be held on January 9th, 2014. If you want to sign up for one of the positions, please contact Eric Celmer through Email at eric.celmer@gmail.com, and state your name, and the position you would like to run for, or sign up at the meetings. A list of available positions follows:

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Patrol Leader
Scribe
Historian
Librarian
Quartermaster
Chaplain’s Aide
Leave No Trace Trainer
OA Representative (Must be an OA member)
Bugler
Charter Organization Liaison
Web Master

Adult Leader Outdoor Skills Training

Although some organizations are in ‘shut down’ mode—please know that the Harford Training Team is GEARING UP for a fantastic Adult Leader Outdoor Skills Training experience this fall. Click to download the flyer IOLS Fall 2013.

The IOLS and OWL Orientation session will be held on Saturday, October 5th. We encourage registration on-line; however, we will accept walk-up registration on Saturday morning. Attendance at orientation is required, followed by the course weekend, October 25–27.

The BALOO course will be held on Saturday, October 26th. Please register on-line.

Yours in Scouting,

Steve Mantegna
Training Chair, Harford District
smantegna@comcast.net

Troop Leadership and Communication

All,

It has been expressed to me that many of you are concerned with the lack of planning and communication around the Troop activity plans. I will admit the communication could be better, so I would like to give you some insight into our thought process in the beginning of this year. Earlier this year (August time frame) I met with several Assistant Scoutmasters, the Committee Chair, and the Advancement Chair to start planning this Scouting year. We discussed several things but one in particular is the basis for what may appear to be inactivity or disorganization.

We discussed the need to shift more of the decision making and planning over to the Scouts. This is more aligned with the true spirit of the Scouting program. While having fun is what we expect we also want to encourage and nurture leadership and personal responsibility. Our plans include several steps but the most notable part of that is having each Patrol plan and execute an outing from the ground up. We agreed to plan by Patrol so the numbers are manageable, it is much easier to plan a trip for 8-10 as opposed to 25-30. To facilitate this we have assigned an Assistant Scoutmaster to every Patrol. These ASMs will also be known as the Patrol Advisers. The Patrol Adviser is there to help, guide and encourage the Patrol Leader. When needed the Patrol Adviser will assist with logistics of an outing or activity. From the outside this process will appear to be chaotic at times and I am sure there will be bumps along the way but I do believe the boys will have fun planning their own outings and be proud of what they accomplish in the end. Our plan is to have each Patrol plan one outing in the Fall hopefully by the end of October and then another Patrol Outing some time in the spring. If a patrol wants to plan more than that great but for now we want to focus on those two outings. There will be other Troop activities as well. You will see those activities on the calendar very soon. For now please be patient and encourage your scout to get involved in his Patrol’s Outing both planning and participating.

I will do my best to improve the communication you receive in the future. If you continue to have questions or concerns about where the Troop is heading don’t hesitate to let me know. I am open to suggestions and look forward to working with your son this year.

John Brannon
sjehdad@gmail.com
09.25.13