Interamerican Leadership Training 4
The Interamerican Leadership Training is a 6-day course of leadership and team building skills designed to improve the skill level of young Scout leaders from throughout the Interamerican Region (IAR) of WOSM. A staff of experienced youth and adult trainers is assembled to develop and deliver a full 6-day curriculum. (Aguirre, 2014). At the Pilot ILT 33 National Scouting Organizations were represented with a total of 67 participants; since its inception ILT is a proud institution of 260 participants. This year 63 participants from 31 representative NSOs took part in the course prepared for them by a staff census of 17. ILT is recognized by WOSM (World Organization of the Scout Movement) as one of its largest Youth Leadership Program. Modeled off of The Boy Scouts of America’s National Youth Leadership Training and programs within Asociacion de Scouts de Guatemala’s Structure, ILT is definitely in its own class. As boastfully mentioned in years before, ILT has grown to include the eccentric styles of the Caribbean and Latin America whilst still maintaining the core objectives of sound leadership training. Since its debut in December 2013 ILT has grown and has definitely become a more diverse and rounded program as the staff list ranges with members from throughout the region thus further building its uniqueness. Perhaps one of the most interesting effects that ILT has had in the Interamericas is that it has encouraged and set the grounds from NSOs to conduct their very own “ILTs”. Countries that have been successful so far include Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, and Uruguay. Another great success of ILT is that of the renowned participation in the Messengers of Peace Projects. Though underreported, these projects have had major impacts in our region as Scouts are becoming more involved in their communities and are helping to fulfill B-P’s vision of leaving the world better than we found it. Major mainstream projects include: Trees for the World, Books for All, and Food for Tomorrow.
ILT is more than just a training course it is a place to be open and included in the region, it gives a chance for participants to mingle with person of others countries, ethnicities and culture sharing one common interest and vision: To make this world a better place.