Pricey is irrelevant as are the number of hours and the type of curriculum. What one is solely interested in is the piece of paper that says one can take their boys into the woods.
If BSA was really serious about this, they could be putting on the training, just like Safe Swim, Climbing, etc. at no cost to the volunteer.
If this is going to be a requirement they need to follow through with the policies and processes for all other BSA training. YPT is required and it is free, The nominal fee for job specific is mostly to cover food, supplies, etc. But it isn't required either. WB is a monetary commitment....BUT it is not required!
If it is a mandatory requirement for running the program it should be demanding the costs to be born by the volunteers.
I have had at 112 classes taken for the American Red Cross, I am certified in 11 different specialties, With an additional hands on training I will be certified in Emergency Response Vehicle and certification in fork lift operations, and after another hands on class I will be moved from the service associate position in the 11 different specialties to supervisory in the area of national disaster response. Whenever training is "out-of-town" I am encouraged to take a chapter vehicle as transportation. The week long annual seminar training includes hotel accommodations.
The cost to me? $0.00
Quality of training? I have as much training in safe food handling than most restaurant personnel. I have had much training as most logistical warehouse personnel. I can assist people with disabilities as well as those training at the CNA level. I have the requisite CPR/AED/First Aid training. Defensive Driving courses, on the road testing of vehicle operations, etc.
So is this a waste of Red Cross dollars? Or is it just their way of putting highly qualified and trained people in the field in a mass disaster situation?
And when was the last time I was with the Scouts? Last meeting on Sunday. Red Cross? Last night and I'm setting up a client case this evening as well.
Only in Scouting can the untrained take our children out into the field. YPT is not enough. If one wishes to do more, get out your checkbook. Ever wonder how Red Cross can "afford" all that free training? It's because most all the instructors are volunteers. There's very little if any cost to put on the training. Not only that ARC accepts training credentials from other organizations as well. FEMA training, American Heart training, professional training, state health certifications. These are highly qualified professional people volunteering their time to train others to make a difference. Kinda like "helping other people at all times" sort of thingy. Red Cross takes care of it's volunteers as well as it takes care of it's clients.