It was a nice course, 5 of us were taking it, I was the only one that wasn't already an ASM
There were three Eagle Scouts in the course, myself, and one new leader who had just recently come from cub scouts.
We skipped some of the games and stuff and replaced it with additional discussion.
A lot of the time I was thinking to myself, I could totally be teaching this course.
Every scouter has an idea of what a scoutmaster should and shouldn't be doing. Some good ideas come out and some bad ones. There was discussion of new scout patrol, standard patrol, and older boy patrol that was part of the official course delivery. Yes, we all know the advantages, but weigh them against the disadvantages. There was a some discussion about aged based patrols, so that older scouts and younger scouts weren't mixing. I don't know if I subscribe to that. I think that in some ways, scouts naturally segregate by age, but there will always be that older scouts that work well with the younger ones, and younger scouts that advance and grow quickly with the program and fit in better with the older scouts.
Aims & Methods - always surprises me that scouters don't know these, even parents. Our trainer noted that if it isn't part of the aims and methods, you shouldn't be doing it. So, would going to see the latest star wars fit the aims and methods, I don't know, but I wouldn't say that if scouts wanted to get together to watch a movie, that they shouldn't.
Talked a little about first class in the first year also. It still seems to be something that is desired, but less emphasized than I remember it. The new ST21 requirements make it a little harder to fit that much program into one year, especially when the scouts want to do other fun things as well. A little discussion on the new program was had all around.
The role of the troop committee had us laugh a little, with the committee on one side and the SM/ASMs on the other, in reality, I think we know that many of us are wearing hats on both sides of the line, myself included.
For me, it was worth it to check the box and say, I've done that training.