Re: Too Many Toys (Handbook)
David D. Miller +49 6221 404415 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Wed, 17 Jun 1992 14:38:03 CST
"I used to be a Fox ..."
I've also just finished a week long Woodbadge course, and found
the same thing. Time after time, the resources given after a session
would include previous editions of the handbooks. In some cases,
the trainers were not aware of the magnitude of the changes and were
just as annoyed as the rest of us when they found out. Later in the
week, some flip-charts had obvious additions - usually the word
On the other hand, out of print books are a superb resource if you can
get hold of them. It's the small things (like a different way to lace
up shoes and boots) that you find in the old books that you can pass
on to the kids. (If anybody has a source of 'Gilcraft' books, please let
me know ...)
As far as splitting the handbook up into parts, I agree that a 650 page
Handbook is far too much for a small kid. There's just far too much
information given all at once, and it's not really organised
conveniently for doing Tenderfoot and Second Class requirements.
What it does do well is teach a Scout to use an index!
In the UK, the handbooks are written around the idea that Program and
Advancement are equivalent. The Volumes of the handbook are divided
according to Rank, and the Chapters cover individual requirements.
What rank are you working on? OK, here's the book. Which requirement?
Open to the page. Also, the requirement is reprinted in a small box
at the top of each section, to keep it in mind while reading the text.
Some topics (e.g., map and compass) occur several times in different
ranks, and each time there is a section of a handbook targeted at
the right age level.
As for the relative merits of photos against line drawings: a photo
shows a Scout what other Scouts have done. A good line drawing,
leaving lots of room for imagination, shows a Scout what he can do.
A sketch may cost more than a photo taken from a library, but it will
show exactly what is intended, without distracting detail.
David D. Miller
NE-VI-29-28 "... and I'm going to work my ticket if I can!"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City