Re: Wood Badge patrols et. al.
Robert Harrold (rharrold@OMNIFEST.UWM.EDU)
Sun, 19 Mar 1995 09:58:09 -0600
I have been reading the posting about Wood Badge with interest. Although
this is a nationally administered program, there seems to be many variations,
some in conflict with the national guidelines.
Someone stated that there is no maximum size for a Wood Badge course and have
been listing patrol names for other than the prescribed eight names.
According to the Administration Guide for Wood Badge (page 2, Course Size)
"It is not possible to adequately administer and conduct an oversize
course. It is recommended that maximum course size should not exceed
eight patrols -- a total of sixty-four participants (patrols should
be made up of six to eight participants)."
As far as unusual patrol names, I know a couple of "old timers" who took an
explorer Wood Badge many years ago and all of their patrols (crews) were
named after American explorers/mountainmen. One gentleman was a "Clarker"
for Meriwether Clark, and one was a "Carson" for Kit Carson. I have also met
Wood Badgers from other countries with distinctive names native to their
country. Incidently, I have a good friend who is a Wood Badge trainer in
Germany, DPSG, and they do not sing the Gilwell or use patrol names.
The other statement that has been made that I believe needs clarification is
about the requirements to attend a Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge course. The
current requirement for attend a Boy Scout Wood Badge is that the participant
MUST be envolved in a Troop operation. The ticket has been changed to
reflect this requirement. If a person in not actively working on the troop
level, the Boy Scout Wood Badge course is not to accept them. This means
Commissioners, District Committee members, Council members, and professional
no longer have a Wood Badge course to attend! (unless they are also
registered in a troop position and write their ticket for that position).
Bob Harrold Bushed Bob White Course R 7 - 14
Council Commissioner Course Director EC 419W
Potawatomi Area Council
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