Whether we’re talking about Scouts or adult leaders, Boy Scouts of America always encourages personal and professional development through learning and leadership opportunities. Luckily for Scouting volunteers and professionals, we have three exciting advancement education conferences taking place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve and Philmont Training Center. Get the most from your Scouting experience and gain important insight into Scouting advancement by considering one or all of the following training opportunities:
1. Mechanics of Advancement: June 18-24, 2017
The John Tickle Training and Leadership Center at the Summit will host the 2017 Mechanics of Advancement conference for unit, district, and council volunteers and professionals June 18-24, 2017.
This course is a must for new advancement administrators or those just in need of a refresher on advancement procedures. Conference attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the essentials of advancement and an appreciation for the rationale behind the policies and procedures governing it. Group discussions will focus on effective ways to resolve the related issues and challenges that arise. Presenters are very well founded in Advancement issues and have a full understanding of the Guide to Advancement. Registration and further information can be found at: http://www.summitbsa.org/programs/training.
2. Advancement Issues and Solutions: July 16-22, 2017
If you are an experienced volunteer advancement administrator, consider taking your game to the next level at the Philmont “Advancement Issues and Solutions” conference. This case study–based conference is designed for unit, district, and council advancement coordinators, chairs, committee members, and staff advisors. If that’s you, start making plans now to take advantage of this opportunity to share ideas with other committed advancement administrators at one of Scouting’s premier destinations.
Conference participants will not only learn about the latest updates on advancement issues, but more important, they will analyze, discuss, and solve case studies similar to those regularly dealt with by the National Advancement Team and the Eagle Issues Task Force. The result will be a better understanding of the effective use of the Guide to Advancement and also the confidence to handle difficult issues at the council level.
3. Conference on Education for Advancement Administrators (CEAA): July 23-29, 2017
The CEAA is an advanced learning experience for council and district advancement volunteers and professionals who have advancement responsibilities. Of significant importance, it is an opportunity to assist in the development of educational materials and other resources that are used across the country. Conferees will view and discuss various existing materials and make recommendations for tools that should be developed for the future. Participants will begin some of those tools during this conference.
Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to visit Philmont Scout Ranch and the opportunity to engage in some amazing Scouting and Advancement activities and camaraderie. And bring your families because they will participate in programs that will not be forgotten for a long time. Registration is available at: www.philmonttrainingcenter.org and click on registration at Philmont Training Center.
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