New Council Training Chair
As I move on to another volunteer position in our council, I’d like to welcome Ron Krawczyk to the position of GNFC Council Training Chair. Those in the Red Jacket District or attendees to IOLST already know Ron. He’s a teacher by profession; still teaching well into his semi-retirement. Ron recently attended the Master Trainer Conference at Sea Base where he discussed trainer selection and development, creating fun and convenient training opportunities for participants, and developing strategies for long-term improvement in our training program. Ron is well-qualified to lead our training journey.
Thank you to our Council Training Cabinet, all our course directors and trainers, and our professional staff for your support. We have accomplished a lot in the past couple of years to make training better. Especially THANK YOU to all of you who have attended the many trainings I have led or been on staff in the past 20 years. It has been my pleasure to serve you in training, and I look forward to continuing my service to you in program. Together, we will do great things for our youth!
Yours in Scouting,
Darlene Kihlberg, VP of Program
Training for Cub Program Changes
Cub training that is affected by the new program changes will be updated by April 1. There will be a session for new Cub Leaders and a session for those that are already trained, but need to understand the program changes. As soon as the training is available, we will release it and it will be delivered in all scheduled sessions. We will also deliver the update training at District Roundtables and by request.
Training Requirements for 2015
In order to meet the training requirements to recharter your Unit in 10 months, ALL adults in your unit must be Basic Trained. All Cub Leaders, all Troop Leaders and all Venture Crew Leaders including all Unit Committee Members. ALL adults must be current on their Youth Protection Training.
Training Calendar Changes
Every year the Council Training Cabinet gets together to review our training plan for the current year and the next year in order to get a good balance of training sessions needed and trainer availability. As you can imagine, planning more than one year into the future usually makes it necessary to change things as the time comes closer. The GNFC calendar has been updated to show the following training dates for 2015.
Pack and Troop Committee Challenge: February 14, March 14, April 29, May 21, June 3, September 25, October 23, November 23
Scoutmaster Specifics: February 14, March 29, May 10, October 3, December 12
IOLST: March 28-29, May 8-9, October 23-24
Cub Scout Specific (all positions): April 13 & 15, May 9, September 26, October 3, December 12
BALOO: March 7 (University of Scouting), May 9, October 23
Chartered Organization Representative: October 24
Cold Weather: December 5
Training sessions for IOLST and Scoutmaster Specifics will be held at Summer Camp at SSR.
Training may also be delivered at your District Roundtable. Check the Roundtable schedule.
Training may also be organized as needed for a specific group through your District Training Chair.
On-line training: Myscouting.org
GNFC Training page: http://www.wnyscouting.org/openrosters/view_homepage.aspx?orgkey=2422
University of Scouting Training Café
Please stop by the E-learning Center at the University of Scouting. You’ll be able to get your questions answered about training and training requirements, take on-line courses, register for training, and make arrangements for personalized training for your Unit. We’d really enjoy meeting you.
Wood Badge – All included
Wood Badge is for ALL “position trained” adults (18 and over). It doesn’t matter what registered position you have in Scouting, what physical attributes or limitations you have, what physical fitness level you have, what level of education you have, what job position you have, etc. Wood Badge is for ALL who are interested in impacting youth for good. Is that YOU? If it is (and I hope it is), please contact me with your questions. It would be my pleasure to share with you how you can benefit from Wood Badge and how you can impact our youth for good.
Wood Badge is the ultimate leadership and team building course developed by the Boy Scouts of America. Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and other successful outdoor leadership organizations. The course is built upon the time-tested training concepts of Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder. It meets the needs of ALL Scouting leaders.
Why Wood Badge? Read and find out: http://scoutingmagazine.org/2014/02/wood-badge/
Want more information? http://www.wnyscouting.org/wood-badge-training/36301
Darlene Kihlberg, Course Director N3-380-15 All Included
New Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training
The classroom session of the training required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters has undergone a major facelift. It’s now called Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training, or Scoutmaster Specifics (SMS) for short. The course code is still the same, S24. This course along with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLST), course code S11, is what is needed for a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster to earn their Trained patch.
If you’ve previously taken a version of Boy Scout Leader Specifics or Scoutmaster Specifics to earn your Trained patch, you don’t need to take the new training to continue to be considered Trained for this position. However, it’s always a great idea to update your knowledge on the latest in Scouting.
This training is also open to Junior Assistant Scoutmasters.
The new delivery method of this course allows it to be delivered in four hours compared to the previous six-eight hour format.
See the GNFC Training page http://www.wnyscouting.org/openrosters/view_homepage.aspx?orgkey=2422) to find our next scheduled course.
Youth Protection Training
Did you know there are 3 versions?
YPT1 – Youth Protection Training for the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs (and all others not in the Venturing or Exploring programs)
YPT2 – Youth Protection Training for the Venturing program
YPT3 – Youth Protection for the Explorer Post program
Youth Protection Training is required for registered adults. It’s a great idea for all adults (even non-registered) who attend your unit meetings or events to be Youth Protection trained. It helps them know what the rules are and how to abide by them. It helps you as a leader because everyone will know the rules. And it helps everyone to be protected.
The best way to get Youth Protection training is on line at: myscouting.org.
The most up-to-date training is there. If that is not possible for you or if you have questions, please contact your District Training Chair.
Training Contacts – We’re here to help!
Onondaga District – Bob Germony firstname.lastname@example.org
Polaris District – Dave Sepulveda email@example.com
Red Jacket District – Ron Krawczyk firstname.lastname@example.org
Tatonka District – Jim Yuhnke email@example.com
Specialized Training - Paul Kendzierski firstname.lastname@example.org (Powder Horn, Wood Badge, NYLT,Cold Weather, OKPIK, Health and Safety, T3, University of Scouting, etc.)
Council Training Chair – Ron Krawczyk email@example.com
Council Training Staff Advisor – Jim Battaglia firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention All Wood Badgers -- those who have beads, or those are working "their ticket"!! This is for YOU!!
Wood Badge Potlatch 2015
March 14th, 2015
Come at 6:00 for fellowship and dinner at 7:00.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Roman Catholic Church
157 Cleveland Dr. Cheektowaga, 14215
Come follow in the footsteps of our founder and enjoy fellowship, fun, and food as we take a trip “Back to Gilwell” and reminisce with fond memories of Wood Badge Courses long ago. Potlatch is a gathering of Wood Badge holders (and those still working their tickets). You will get to sing “the song”, see old (and new) friends, look at old course pictures, and enjoy some great food! We will not be doing skits this time to provide for ample time for fellowship and program!
We are also looking for those who are Wood Badge holders who didn’t take the course in our council but would like to connect with fellow Wood Badgers! We’d like to add YOU to our list and include you in the fun! Even if you are unable to attend, we'd love to add you to our list!! Please email: Bob Germony at email@example.com or Dave Wind at firstname.lastname@example.org to get added to our mailing list!
To register for Potlatch click here>
Hope to see you there, Wood Badge Friends!!
Leave No Trace Trainer Course
The Greater Niagara Frontier Council in conjunction with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is sponsoring a Leave No Trace Trainer Course for Scouters and Scouts (age 14 and older).
This course consists of a Classroom session held at the Council Service Center with an overnight outpost camping experience at Camp Schoelkopf to apply the Leave No Trace principles.
Classroom Session: April 15th, 2015, 6:00 pm to 9:00 PM
Overnight Session: April 25-26, 2015
Click here to register>
Leave No Trace Master Educator Course
Part 1: Friday, May 15-17 at Camp Scouthaven
Part 2: Friday, May 22-25 at Camp Cutler in the Finger Lakes Region
This course is designed for people who are actively teaching outdoor skills or providing recreation information to the public. Master Educators can train others in Leave No Trace skills as well as facilitate Leave No Trace Trainer courses and awareness workshops.
Who may participate? Any registered Scouter 18 years of age or older with an interest and passion for Outdoor Ethics. All participants should be familiar with Basic Hiking and Camping Skills. Note: As an option, we will offer an introduction to BSA’s Tread Lightly! outdoor ethics program to all registered participants.