Training - February, 2014

Jay Herbrand, Greater Yosemite Council Training Chair

My.Scouting.org Tools

This past year some new tools were added to MyScouting.org. These are located on the my.scouting.org website portal.  Notice this is different than MyScouting.  You can access the new site from your MyScouting page.  The username and password are the same as your MyScouting Account.  One of the tools is very special for trainers, and Key 3* members at the Unit, District and Council level - Training Manager!  Note that I said Unit!  A scouter can check up on his or her training records.

The Training Manager Tool gives administrators the ability to view training status, print training reports and certificates, and update training records of Scouters in their unit or service area. Individuals can check their training status, including if their Youth Protection Training is up to date.

Two features were added after the initial release that will help you know who is trained and who needs training. The first is a "trained" icon that shows up in the "Search Training" roster so you can quickly see who is, and who is not considered "trained" in the system. The second is the "Trained Leaders Report" that shows who is "trained" and specifically which courses are missing that would make a leader "trained." The "Trained Leaders Report" can be printed so that those missing training can be targeted for training or so that their record can be updated with missing courses.

This is a "work in progress" and more features to the Tools are in development:

· As we write this update only unit, district, and council Key-3s* have access to most of the tools. Soon, they will be able to grant administrator rights to others in their unit or service areas.

· Administrators will be able to assign functional positions to members that will give them access to related Tools. For example, the Key-3* can designate a training chair, and that will give the training chair access to the Training Manager.

· The list of "legacy" courses - old BSA training courses that still make a leader "trained" - is often confusing since the names are similar. New codes are being developed that we hope will help. For example, we might create "C101 - Cub Scout Leader Basic Training" that would cover all of the Cub Scout leader basic training courses prior to the introduction of Specifics in 2001. The entry of the new code/course and the date the Scouter completed the course will mark the leader as "trained." We will know which version of the course the Scouter took by the date entered.

A tutorial of the features in Training Manager and the other new Tools can be found on www.myscouting.org , and you can watch here for updates.  Most of this information came from the National BSA Training Times Fall 2013 newsletter.

Go check it Out!

* the “Key 3” for a unit would be the Chartered Organization Representative, the Cub(or Scout)master, and the Committee Chair