Re-Branding Scouting: Training as a Tool and Challenges ahead
Just after the conclusion of the 1st National Executive Committee meeting at Oba Akenzua International Scout Camp at Ogba Benin City in December 2013, came the 3rd National Trainers Conference, organized by the Nigeria Scout Association Training Team under the leadership of Mr. Esan Israel Idowu, the National Headquarters Commissioner for Training & Development/National Training Commissioner. The conference theme was, “Re-Branding Scouting: Training as a Tool and Challenges ahead”.
In attendance were over 120 Trainers from every nook and cranny of Nigeria. Some of the Training programs and topics that were covered were:
1. Scouting Administration and Management
2. The Roles of Training in Scouting
3. The Training Schemes and Educational Methods in Scouting
4. Training Systems and Supports
5. Operating the Training System- Change Management.
6. Training Administration and Management and
7. Inaugurations of various Training Committees.
In order to take Training to the base, the Training Unit was decentralized into Zones, with Six Zonal Training Commissioners (Assistant National Training Commissioners) appointed for the Six Geopolitical Zone. The Goal of this decentralization was to build “Directional Training process in Scouting” whereby Training would be disseminated simultaneously at different Geopolitical Zones at the same time. This effort was to develop Scouts and their Leaders through the Skills of Scouting which would further enhance Training Capacities within the Nigeria National Scout Organization.
As part of the Training Traditions, some of the Veteran Trainers were appointed by the Chief Commissioner, Olusoga Sofolahan-Atibioke (Olori Omo Oba), as Deputy Camp Chiefs and Assistant Deputy Camp Chiefs. The program also saw the appointment of Prince James Adeolu Oyelami, as the Assistant Chief Commissioner, Adult Resources and Training Department.
Also in attendance at the National Trainers Conference was the Nigeria Adult Resources Commissioner, Apostle Tola Adenekan, the Nigeria International Commissioner, Captain Farouk Ibrahim (Rtd) and many National Headquarters Commissioners.
At the close of the Conference, 26 States were in attendance, 6 States sent in apologies.