Re: Too Many Toys (Handbook)
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Wed, 17 Jun 1992 08:58:18 CDT
You know, I have a real problem with Woodbadge Staff members NOT knowing
that the program has changed and that they are referring present
participants to outdated, outmoded material and program.
I absolutely know for a FACT that the staff is to meet for almost a YEAR
prior to each course, with practise presentations being done over and over
again in front of the staff. The goal of these development meetings (in
our council whole Saturdays!) is to get the most top presentations possible
from each staff member, review sources, update information, change where
changes need to made.
Again, I reiterate------I was to be on the staff of this Fall's course but
because of my Christmas Day heart attack, I was asked to leave the staff.
HOWEVER!!!! I DO have the staff manual (direct from National) which is
indeed updated continually, and it does not refer to outdated books and
Therefore, I must conclude that Woodbadge staff members (trainers) are
STILL defying National, all of it's expert committee members across the
country and the world, and in some cases feel THEY know better. Rubbish!!
As quoted in 1982 at a National weekend conference for invited trainers
across the nation, when you are doing a training presentation, you are
working for BSA. That is, you must present the material as our research
has developed it, and the topics as required. HOW you present them is your
decision. However, it is NOT the right of any trainer to change the
topics, delete or add. The "reinventing" of the wheel must cease!
Well -- ladies and gentlemen, it seems that 10 years later, there are still
those people who call themselves trainers, who go on the training floor as
representatives of movement called BSA and sell their version. If they did
this in their paid positions they would be fired!
This is a volunteer position (trainer) but it's sole purpose is to further
the program of BSA AS WRITTEN today, not last year, 1960, or 1950, etc. We
are all working with the boys of today, and although some things never
change, society does, and our movement DOES change with the boys' needs,
why will volunteers not see that!
On behalf of my 20 years as a national, regional, area, local trainer for
BSA, I personally apologize to those of you who have been subjected to such
short sighted, low quality training. I guess our problem of 10 years ago
is still there -- people who train, when they train, work for BSA. They
are NOT to give their personal interpretation exclusively.
You are correct -- old books -- information from other countries -- etc.
all tend to enhance the training courses IF utilized properly. HOWEVER --
not knowing that the program has changed AFTER months (in most cases a
year) of staff development meetings, practices, etc. is shorting our
LEADERSHIP and in so doing our BOYS!
Sorry guys -- but training, as I see it and many across this nation do --
is the absolute foundation for this program. Therefore it MUST be done
correctly, and with great care.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City