Wood Badge concerns
Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 08:07:06 MDT
I would like to reply to the concerns about Wood Badge expressed by Robert
Sharek and echoed by John Pannell, that it will take time away from service
to their troop.
As a Wood Badge staffer for two previous courses and preparing for another in
August, let me say that completing a Wood Badge ticket should enhance service
to the troop, not take away from it. In fact, National has recently
rewritten the ticket guidelines to emphasize serving the troop.
For those who are not familiar with this process, there are two parts to
completing Wood Badge. First the practical phase which is the week-long, or
three weekends, spent at camp. Part of this is the writing of a ticket, or
personal contract, on how the participant will apply the skills they are
learning. Then comes the application phase where the participant works his
ticket, putting what he/she has learned to work in their own Scouting job.
If the participant is a Scoutmaster, Asst. Scoutmaster, or Troop Committee
member, they should be writing their ticket based on their responsibilities
in these positions, and the goal should be to see better troop operations and
a better program for the boys.
John, you mentioned having other concerns, but not for a public forum. I
would suggest you take these concerns to one of the staffers for your course.
They should be happy to sit down with you and talk about these. But,
remember that they may not answer every question directly. There are some
things about the process that need to be discovered for yourself if you are
to receive the full benefit. But I know, for myself, if one of our
participants comes to me with a concern about the course I will try to
satisfy that concern, because I want them to have a good Wood Badge
If I could be of help, don't hesitate to e-mail me directly.
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
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