Even Scout leaders have lessons to learn|Adults gather atMorris University to learn new skillsThe Herald News - Joliet (IL)November 14, 2006 | By Jeanne MillsapSteven Mann (right), a Boy Scout from Plainfield Troop 13, places hot coals on top of aDutch oven as part of his dads presentation on Dutch oven cooking for Boy Scoutleaders during Saturdays Scouting University. "All Things Wood" instructor Ed Fleming(above) shows other Boy Scout leaders an alternative use for his shaving bench. Morethan 230 adult Scout leaders attended Rainbow Councils annual event in Morris,learning skills in the 65 classes that were offered.MORRIS - The Boy Scout leaders attending Eric Cartersmaps and compass course at the weekend ScoutingUniversity could tell their instructor had been in themilitary. His projected contour maps listed barracks andtanks. Carter, who retired in June after 23 years in theArmy, was one of 55 instructors who spent Saturdayhelping Cub and Boy Scout leaders from Will, Grundy, andKankakee counties learn to be better leaders. Carter is
also a leader in his two sons pack, Bolingbrooks CubScout Pack 134."This event is such a great thing," Carter said. "You can find stuff on the Web, and thereare people to call when you need help, but actually sitting down with a group of yourpeers who are Scout leaders is a great opportunity for learning how to lead a group ofScouts."More than 300 Scout leaders from the three counties served by the Rainbow Councilgathered for the annual Scouting University, which rotates its location each year.They enrolled in their choices of some 65 classes at Morris Community High School."This is really the one time in the year when adult Scout leaders come together withouttheir Scouts," said Morris Boy Scout Troop 471s Celia Mistretta, who was in charge ofthe event this year. "Its a time for them to network with each other, to meet otherleaders, and to learn the skills that they need to be good Scout leaders."Classes were targeted to leaders of Cub Scouts, which is the branch of Scouting forgrade school-age boys, and to leaders of Boy Scouts, which includes junior high andhigh-school-age boys.They included topics designed to make Cub Scout meetings fun, to further outdoorskills, to stretch leadership abilities, to organize Scouting events and to help boys alongtheir scouting ladders.Class topics included wilderness survival, advanced backpacking, staying warm in coldweather, magic campfires, Dutch oven cooking, pack pizzazz, den chief training andboards of review.
Some other popular classes included leathercraft, Indian lore, bird identification,scrapbooking and cards, all things wood, women in Scouting, and plant and treeidentification.This is Mistrettas first time to organize the event, but shes attended two in the past,taking courses in Dutch oven cooking, backpacking and safe climbing.Taking the Webelo-to-Scout transfer class helped her prepare her older son, Kade, forhis transition from Cub to Boy Scouts, she said, and will help her younger son, Ian,when hes ready to make that move.Sean Denoyer, senior executive director of Rainbow Council, taught Tiger Cub outdoorfun."This is a great event and a very nice turnout," Denoyer said, "Peoples schedules arevery busy, and this is the one time where they can take as many classes as possible inone shot at one location. Its like a smorgasbord of training."Bob Bowen, the councils vice-president, said Scouting is still one of the bestorganizations for kids."Its the only organization I know of that offers physical education, leadership, career-training, hobby exposure and community service all at the same time," he said.By Jeanne MillsapCopyright, 2009, The Herald News. All rights reserved. REPRODUCTIONPROHIBITED.http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1N1-11838612F6F7BF30.html