The LDS Scoutmaster Training is only the first of many online training courses we’re developing to help you get trained, feel confident in your role as a mentor of young men, and ultimately run a better program for the the youth.
What’s included in the LDS Scoutmaster Training?
This free online training covers the majority of the learning objectives in the National BSA’s approved Scoutmaster position-specific training through the eyes of a newly called Scoutmaster from an LDS chartered unit. This training does not replace the National BSA approved course, but will be most helpful for LDS Scoutmasters.
The training is split into six courses:
- LDS Scoutmaster Training 1: Getting Started
- LDS Scoutmaster Training 2: The Patrol Method
- LDS Scoutmaster Training 3: Annual Planning
- LDS Scoutmaster Training 4: Continuous Training and Safety
- LDS Scoutmaster Training 5: Advancement
- LDS Scoutmaster Training 6: Scoutmaster Support Team
Through text, video, resources, and links, each course explains the basics of Scouting in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; pointing you to the LDS Scouting Handbook and other helpful resources to get you started as a new Scoutmaster.
You will need to create an account to begin a course. If at any time during the training you need to stop, you can save your progress, exit and return when you are ready to resume. After you begin each course, friendly reminders will be sent to you every week until all coursework is complete. There will also be a brief quiz at the end of each course to test your knowledge of the material. After you have completed all six courses in the LDS Scoutmaster Training you will be asked to fill out an online form to record your training with the Council. You will also receive a certificate at the end of each course for your records.
Not new to Scouting? That’s okay, this course can be a great refresher for even a seasoned Scouter.
Why online training?
“Frequent opportunities to be trained via a variety of means (online, in-person, etc.) helps. We are busy and so opportunities for training need to be accessible regularly, but not just in person. More online training, recorded webinars or classes would be a great resource for wards/units.”
– More comments like this were found throughout the research.
The reason we’re focused on created online training is because of the need. In research we recently conducted we learned even more of the need for online training when almost every research group mentioned it as important to them.
The reality is that most people want to be trained so that they can better fulfill their calling in Scouting, but with the busy schedules we keep these days, there just isn’t enough time to get the training we need—the training our youth deserve for us to have—at a time that is convenient for everyone. Online training allows you the chance to get started as soon as you are called, at home, on your own time. Plus, it gives you a resource that you can regularly refer to as you spend more time in the program. In short, It just makes sense.
What about in-person training?
These online courses are being developed to make training more accessible to volunteers, so that they may learn the ropes sooner, faster, and at their own pace. This does not mean that in-person training will cease to exist. We understand that everyone learns differently and in-person training is encouraged and available. There are many benefits of classroom training, but it can be hard to get everyone to a training on the same night. Weeks or months might pass between when someone is called to serve in Scouting and when the next training takes place.
Why LDS training?
For this training we have translated Scout-ese into LDS-ese, covering many elements of the required position-specific training with insights into how this can apply in various LDS chartered units in the Utah National Parks Council. We serve 99.3% LDS-chartered units in our council and from comments expressed in our recent research it was clear to us that LDS-specific training was desired from most of our volunteers.
“People use Scouting jargon that turns off our new Scouters. It really is like a brand new language.”
– One stake president commented.
Another reason we have chosen to focus specifically on LDS units is that we understand that the National BSA Council is currently working on online training for Scoutmasters as they have already done for leaders in Cub Scouts. As to not duplicate our efforts, we focused on LDS training to better serve our majority volunteers. Units charted by other organizations can expect more personalized service from their district leaders in the meantime.
When will the other training I need be available?
Here are some of the other online training we’re currently working on. But don’t wait on us, get trained now:
- LDS Pack Committee Training – Available Now!
- Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills/Northstar – Sept 2016
- LDS Venturing Leader Training – TBA
- LDS COR Training – TBA
- LDS Commissioner Training – TBA
How can I help?
We’re always looking for volunteers on our committee to help develop the next training. More help means we can get more training completed and available online for everyone’s benefit. We need doers who are ready to jump in with writing content, writing screen plays, shooting video, developing course outlines, acting and modeling. If you interested in volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Melany Gardner | “The Boy Scout” Editor and Marketing Specialist, Utah National Parks Council