Train the Trainer
Most of the BSA’s instructor-led training is designed around a variation of what educators are calling the “team-based learning model.” Using small groups, team-based learning promotes learning and team development through frequent and immediate feedback by a facilitator/ instructor. It helps members learn from each other during and after the course. The team- based learning approach is similar to the patrol method Scouting has used for more than a century all over the world. The patrol method has proven effective in operating a den, patrol, squad, and crew, as well as in learning. We will use this method throughout the course.
This first part of the T3 continuum, The Fundamentals of Training, is designed to help Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. The course will also help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA’s training techniques. And, it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers.
Upon completion of The Fundamentals of Training, new trainers will be able to apply the techniques they have learned across the BSA’s leadership development programs, from unit- level youth leader training taught by youth for youth, to position-specific and supplemental training for adult leaders. Upon completion of this first part, new trainers are coached and mentored by experienced trainers as they become comfortable with and confident in their training skills.
Trainer’s EDGE is the second part of the continuum. As trainers develop their training skills, Trainer’s EDGE provides an additional opportunity for trainers to enhance their abilities. Trainer’s EDGE also supplements the training development sessions offered during faculty development for advanced leadership training courses and increased familiarity with the EDGE model that is used throughout the training.
The third part of the continuum is the Master Trainer course taught at one of the BSA’s national volunteer training centers or a regional “cluster council” course. The Master Trainer course does not create a designation for the participants; it teaches the skills and techniques used to address council and district training objectives. Using the analyze-plan-manage-evaluate process, participants are ideally suited to create and implement training improvement plans that achieve Journey to Excellence goals.