Re: Wood Badge requirements
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Sat, 25 Mar 1995 01:23:15 CDT
"Lewis P. Orans" <LPORANS@I-LINK.NET> writes:
>Lynn McKee said:
>>Does this mean I can now take a WB Course as an Explorer Advisor and write
>>my ticket around working with my Post? I looked into going a couple of
>>years ago, but I was told I would either have to find a troop to work with,
>>or work on District Events for my ticket, since it was Boy Scout Woodbadge
>>_not_ Explorer Woodbadge.
>>Thanks for the clarification!
>I am afraid that Black Eagle's clarification is no clarification at all. His
>first sentence about troop operations is correct ... and that is the end of
>the story. Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge is really, truly for Boy Scout Leaders.
That's a true statement, but I still hold true to my statement
(supported by those at the Volunteer Training Center at National),
that while Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge is supposed to be for Boy
Scouters, the truth of the matter is that in MOST local Councils, you
will STILL get a wide variety of Scouters -- Boy Scouters, Exploring
leaders, Commissioner and yes, a LOT of "strap hangers" -- attending
the Boy Scout course and writing tickets supporting their PRIMARY role
in Scouting...whether it's a Boy Scouting unit or an Explorer Post or
Ship. And we as Boy Scouter trainers *should be* welcoming them to
attend. Why? Because the more exposure that our leaders have through
the Wood Badge experience, the better leaders they will be PERIOD.
We in the Exploring arena have been trying to correct this by
providing the best Exploring Advanced Seminars that we can do. If you
would look at the Exploring Advanced Seminar (or better, the Exploring
Leadership Institute's) syallbus and compare it to the Boy Scout Wood
Badge's syallbus, you will see that other than the language used, the
courses are IDENTICAL. We suffer from what the Girl Scouts of the USA
suffer from with their Gold Award: identification with the words "wood
badge". The National Executive Board refuses to re-establish the Wood
Badge course for Exploring leaders once experimented on in 1976 and
>The focus is the Troop and Troop operations. Yes, others can attend and
>certainly do ... but the clear intent of the new ticket guidelines is that ALL
>tickets be written in support of the troop.
>At least that is the way I read it. (And, as far as I can tell, there is no
>Explorer Wood Badge).
Yes there is...but it is NOT called "Wood Badge". There were TWO
"Explorer Wood Badge" courses (NA-EX-A and NA-EX-1, to which I
participated in the latter in 1978) which were the precursors to the
Exploring Leadership Institute (presently used in the Western Region)
and the Exploring Advanced Seminar (used nationally and which I serve
as a National Instructor of).
The latter names are the official names of what many Exploring leaders
*are calling* "Exploring Wood Badge". Again, as I've written before,
NO beads are presented and NO neckerchiefs are worn, but there ARE
"tickets" which are written (plans of action and development),
approved, and implemented. Over the past eleven years, 341 Exploring
leaders have attended an Exploring Advanced Seminar/Exploring
Leadership Institute and 229 of them have received either the Gavel or
the Advanced Seminar's "axe-in-log" pin for completion of both phases.
I hope that makes my previous posting a little more clearer.
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