The Trainer's EDGE

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The Trainer’s EDGE Purpose of the Course The Trainer’s EDGE replaces the Trainer Development Conference (BSA 500) as the required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. The purpose of the Trainer’s EDGE course is to provide and help develop the platform skills of a trainer. It is meant to supplement the practice offered through Wood Badge and NYLT staff development, with a focus on the participant, while raising the level of skill a trainer brings to the staff experience. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.

This is part of a continuous process of updating trainers with the latest training methods, principles, and technologies. This conference is mainly for Scouters who will be delivering training to adult leaders as well as to the young people in Scouting.

The conference uses contemporary training techniques and emphasizes the importance of experiential learning, or "learning by doing." Most of the sessions not only demonstrate good training methods, but also give participants a chance to interact and actually practice what they have learned.

All trainers, including pack trainers, should participate in a trainer development conference. The council usually offers the conference as a one-day event. Your district training chair can provide details on the date and location of the next conference.

Precourse Preparation

Staff Selection. The Trainer’s EDGE course should be delivered by a staff of experienced trainers. Staff size will vary according to the number of participants, but an excessive number of trainers is not required or encouraged. At least one staff member should be assigned to each patrol. Diversity among staff members is strongly recommended. Staff should be correctly uniformed to set the example. Combining youth and adult staff is encouraged and highly desirable.

Patrol Size. Patrols should be limited to no more than six members to ensure that participant practice sessions stay within the time allotted for the course. Participant Presentations. In Module 4, each participant will make a presentation to the patrol on a Scouting topic of their choice. The topic they select should be broad enough to allow the presenter to apply the learning from the morning sessions.

They should have been told to bring any material or equipment they need for their presentation with them to the Trainers EDGE course. At the beginning of the session, have them stow their materials away until they get to use them. Because the intent of the activity is to have participants incorporate the morning’s learning into their presentations, it is highly unlikely that they will be able to use their presentation as they prepared it.

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