WoodBadge: Weekend Vs. Weeklong
Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Tue, 14 Sep 1993 02:07:00 GMT
I too, have seen studies indicating how little time off Americans take. I
also have seen the world holiday calendars put out by Knight-Ridder (and I use
them for determining which worldwide financial markets will be closed and
when, part of the job...). It really makes you wonder when the say something
about lazy americans.
The decision to take a weekend or weeklong course usually is dictated by the
council offering the course (especially if it is the only way it is offered in
your council). I have seen the problems involved in getting scouters to
commit to a week at summer camp, and asking them to take an additional week
off for training can be hard as well. However, the weekend courses are not
without their problems as well.
In my current work situation, I am unable to leave early on fridays, and
taking a 3 day weekend by taking off friday not encouraged (puts a greater
workload on the remaining department members). Because of the nature of the
course, I would almost have to take the three fridays off just to make it
there on time. Couple this with being at camp late on sunday, and it would
make some very hectic weekends. In the case of the course offered by the
Calumet council this year, you have an additional agrivation: the state of
Construction... er...Indiana, where not only do they have the main route
with reduced lanes, but they have the key alternates under construction as
well. Couple this with construction on this side of the state line, and it
can take you an extra hour to get to Camp Betz for the course (normally 1.5
hour drive). Staying late at camp puts you into nasty traffic comming back.
The idea of a week long course appeals to me when I only have to drive there
once (and probably not on a friday night).
The vacation issue will not likely be a problem. I am single, and using all
two weeks vacation for scouting isn't as much of a problem as it may be for
scouters with families. If I stay with my current employer, I will have 3
weeks vacation in 1995, by which time I may be ready to take a wood badge
course (mentally, as much as anything). Scheduling isn't a problem either, in
my department, the fight for vacation time isn't in the summer, it is in
December (when you need to use it or lose it).
I know that I am an unusual case, but I hope that not everbody goes to a
weekend course. There are some of us who would miss out on a great training
course. I am willing to drive within a 4 state area to attend a course, so I
hope I can find one when I decide to take it.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin Asm, T-348, Oak Forest, IL, Calumet Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City