Local scout leaders attend training session

Front row, from left to right, Chris Santiago, of Vassalboro, Ginger Fails, of New Sharon, Sara Anderson, of Pack #585, in Farmington, and Walter Fails, of New Sharon. Back, Shane Maroon, of Winslow, Nate Gray, of Vassalboro, Shaun Edwards, of Pack #585, Chris Reynolds, of Vassalboro, and Kevin McLaughlin, of Vassalboro. (photo courtesy of Chuck Mahaleris)

by Chuck Mahaleris

On Sunday, November 19, Vassalboro Cub Scout Pack #410 hosted adult Scout leader training at Thomas College, in Waterville, for leaders from the local pack and from Farmington’s Pack #585.

The instructors were Walter and Ginger Fails, of New Sharon, and Christopher Santiago, of Vassalboro. Walter Fails is the Kennebec Valley District of Scouting Training chairman.

“The training went really well,” Walter Fails said. “We had a good group of new leaders who listened, and participated. They asked many great questions and were really engaged. I think the BSA axiom, “every Scout deserves a trained leader,” is spot on in many respects. When a leader is well trained and believes in the Scouting program, they are more confident, prepared, and provide a more quality program for their Scouts. Most importantly, I think in-person training lets leaders know they are supported, by giving them valuable connections to peers and instructors they can rely on for advice and direction.” The training was the Cub Scout Leader Specific Training.


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