Re: Wood Badge patrols et. al.
Tue, 21 Mar 1995 20:00:29 -0500
On Mon, 20 Mar 1995 22:04:04 -0600 "Lewis P. Orans" <LPORANS@I-LINK.NET>
Juast wanted toput in my $2.00 (inflation :) ) worth on the thread regarding
restrictions on the Wood Badge participants.
>"The newly revised Staff Guide (No. 18-801, 1995 Printing) approaches the
>issue in these words (please refer to "Ticket Guidelines -- Participants"
>on p. 19): "Commissioners, professionals, and other Scouters not registered
>with a troop may write their tickets with emphasis on the troops they
>"The intent is a shift in focus really zeroing in on troop operations.
>Participation is open to all who serve, Scoutmasters and troop
>Scouters first -- but there is no intent to exclude those who serve troops
>less directly. By implication there is an intent to reframe the tickets
>of these Scouters to focus on troop service and not other priorities."
I remember this well at SR-5. As I understand it, our troop was one of the
first to use a rewritten syllabus (rumor had it that they were using our
course to evaluate its effectiveness). The program had almost as many
commissioners as Boy Scout unit leaders who wanted a better understanding
of the nuts and bolts of troop functions so that leaders could be better
and the units better served by all involved.
My Patrol had several commissioners whose sole Scouting experience was
in Cub Scouting. They had one devil of a time shiting their focus to the Boy
Scout program when it came time to write their Tickets. The coach counselor
had the unenviable job of guiding their focus.
Of course, it was a Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge - first priority for spaces
went to troop leaders. If htere was space available, then commissioners
troops and troop-oriented district committee members were invited.
Having said that, I have not known of anyone being refused a billet on the
Badge course. Besides, if one can't go to the course held at one's local
then just wait - another one will probably be held at a nearby council. And
bottom line is that the Scoutmaster _may_ let stragglers come in, if late
work is an
issue. I have seen that, too - two of my patrol members had to work late on
nights, and they came in late - they were accounted for, though not present.
One final thing - if dietary constraints are a concern, make darn sure that
Scoutmaster and Council Executive has that in writing (certified mail may be
necessary to get their attention). I knew a couple of Jewish participants at
couple of courses who had to go hungry because some wag decided to put
pork in the diet of most meals. Not insurmaountable for the weekenders, but
who are on the weeklong courses may have a rough go at it.
Hope this contributes.
(...and a good ole owl, too! - SR-5)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City