Baden Powell once said, "A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens."
I think that these are wonderful words to live by and I try to do just that.
All scouts and scouters deserve to move on within the scouting movement and grow through continuing education.
The Boy Scouts of America has cornered the market on training and education of new leaders as well as the "experienced" leaders.
On line training is available 24/7 and one can achieve their Child Protection certification as well as Safe Swim Defence and Safety Afloat and Weather Hazard Safety training.
We also have Cub Scout College and Commissioner 5 Star College for those that should and do enroll to learn more about the scouting program in great detail.
The more we learn, the better we are to handle ourselves in front of our scouts and little is taken for chance.
The ultimate payment for this education is a quality program for the scouts and for you.
The more you know the better the chances are to succeed in making a scout thrive under your care and supervision.
So do yourself a favor:
1. Take every opportunity to get yourself trained
2. Set a goal to improve the quality of your scouting program.
3. Your ability to become a trained leader will rub off on other leadership.
If you choose to do this, then you will be providing a quality unit for the Council and the scouts to appreciate.