Trainer's EDGE is BSA's trainer development course designed to help Scouters put into practice the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences. Trainer's EDGE brings to life the EDGE model taught in Troop Leadership Training, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training, National Youth Leadership Training, and Wood Badge.
Do you train Leaders? Parents? Scouts? Are you someone who has thought about training but you don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you have years of experience in training but want to add some pizzazz to it? The Trainer’s EDGE is for anyone interested in different training methods. It will equip you with ideas, techniques, and materials for improving presentations by enabling you to select approaches that will communicate your messages most successfully, and with PIZZAZZ!!
The Trainer’s EDGE emphasizes the importance of “experiential learning,” or learning by doing, as well as numerous other contemporary training strategies. These strategies can then be applied to a wide range of training programs. Trainer’s EDGE is the second part of the three-part train-the trainer continuum (T3) in Scouting.
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What does EDGE mean?
Explain how it is done – Tell them
Demonstrate the steps – Show them
Guide learners as they practice – Watch them do it
Enable them to succeed on their own – Use memory aids, practice it, they teach it
Participants must prepare a presentation (about five-minute duration) before the course and bring the material, equipment, and/or props they need to deliver the presentation. They will be given an opportunity to practice this presentation in a small group setting and receive feedback. The topic of the presentation is at the discretion of the presenter, Scouting topics/skills are always good. Additionally participants will prepare a second presentation during the course, practice it with their small group and receive feedback.
The course is designed for individuals who will be delivering training to adults and youth leaders in all parts of the Scouting program:
- District and council trainers
- Merit badge counselors -- including summer and winter camp staff
- Roundtable staff members
- Pack trainers
- Commissioner trainers
- NYLT & Wood Badge staff
- Troop guides or instructors
- Unit Leaders
- Just about anyone!
Deadline for registration is the Wednesday prior to the course. As this is a hands-on course requiring practice with small-group settings, this deadline is important in order to secure an appropriate number of small-group facilitators for the course. Schedule:
8:30 AM - Check-in
9:00 AM - Training session begins
3:30 PM - Dismissal
The Fundamentals of Training is the first part of the three-part train-the trainer continuum (T3) in Scouting and is intended for both youth and adult trainers. This session is designed to introduce new Scouting trainers to teaching techniques and skills. 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. More
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.