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About Junior Leader Training

          The development of programs for the development and training of Scouts in Crescent Bay Council began at the very beginning of the Council in 1922. In the 1920's, the need was equally great to train Scouts in scouting skills, troop & patrol organization and personal leadership.  The original program was written by Donald Monroe, Crescent Bay Council's first Scout Executive and Scoutmaster of Troop 2 in Santa Monica. An eight session program was developed that included the following elements:

The Patrol Leader's Training Troop,
page 2

May 6, 1922

          Additional elements of the training included instruction in "Leadership" which was defined as: "The ability to control, direct and teach a patrol of scouts so that they make regular progress in everything that scouting stands for."  Elements of leadership were described as:

You should HAVE
You should BE

Self Control
Knowledge of subjects
Will Power
Ability to Teach

Willing to Try

          The training philosophy included: master each subject; scouts learn by doing; teach one thing at a time; have all necessary materials ready and know when to stop. Emphasis was placed on how to make troop and patrol meetings more entertaining than "the local movie house" through building troop loyalty and spirit. Songs were also a very important part of scout gatherings and encampments. The Patrol Leader Training manual included a selection of songs for scouting functions. (Note: it is hard to imagine back to a time in the early 1920's when the things that keep today's boys entertained didn't exist. Computers, organized sports, TV and even radio were not part of life in the 1920's. In that era, Scouting had a unique advantage to captivate the interest of youth while at the same time, appealing to their parents).

            Promotion of outdoor activities was also part of the training.  Outdoor skills, simple and complex, were incorporated into the program. Hiking, camping and organizing activities at camp were all topics important to the junior leader. The final section of the Patrol Leader's Training Troop book called for junior leaders to "sell" other scouts on attending the Council's very first summer camp in Temescal Canyon, Pacific Palisades. Qualities, concepts and subjects outlined by Donald Monroe in 1922, remained as constants for fifty years in Crescent Bay Area Council.  
          The reorganized Council Junior Leader Training Program of 1957 included a multi-level structure for training scouts in the troops, the districts, the Council and training the trainers.  Annually, each troop nominated one junior leader who was invited to attend a special JLT event in the Spring at Camp Josepho. Once assembled at camp, the nominees formed patrols, two per district, and then elected patrol leaders. This elite group of patrol leaders represented Crescent Bay Area Council at a 14-day, mid Summer, National Junior Leader Training course at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. 

          At the end of the summer, the patrols of nominees assembled at Camp Josepho in the Spring, met for a week-long training at Camp Wolverton. The Philmont trained patrol leaders served as part of the training staff. As a finale to the season, the Districts organized Junior Leader Conferences (JLC) in the fall for all interested junior leaders, staffed by the Wolverton and Philmont trained junior leaders.
This somewhat confusing and cumbersome junior leader training system actually worked quite well within the Council and became more popular in the early 1960's.

1961 JLT Promotional Brochure

Explaining Program and Selection Process

Wolverton Junior Leader Training Program

            In the years following its inception, the rules and requirements for JLT changed to allow more scouts to participate within the process.  As the pool of previous Wolverton and Philmont trained Junior Leaders increased, staffing positions for the various courses became more competitive. In 1963, the Spring Camp Josepho event along with the Fall Junior Leader Conference event held by the Districts was renamed as Junior Leader Instructor Training (JLIT). The District patrols formed at the Wolverton and Philmont trainings served as faculty for JLIT and previous Wolverton and Philmont trained Junior Leaders became staff. Given all the different possible levels of participation, staffing and name changes, it was becoming more complex to figure out who did what and when.
            With the 1965 JLIT Camp Josepho event completed and the other summer events scheduled and ready-to-go, the Council's training committee introduced the Polaris program in June, 1965, thereby bringing an end to JLT in Crescent Bay Area Council.

(Thanks to Frank Glick for his help in writing this page)

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