Wood Badge - Value
Mike Hays, Jr. (miket611@IGLOU.COM)
Wed, 21 Jun 1995 21:40:00 EDT
It seems there has been some discussion on what Wood Badge can take away
from a troop in time spent. I attended Wood Badge SR-55 (Go Bears!) in the
Shawnee Trails District, Western Kentucky. I was one of the three Assistant
Scoutmasters on this course as participants, and our troops Scoutmaster was
an Assistant Scoutmaster on the course. Needless to say, some of our time
had to be taken from the troop, but because Wood Badge is so valuable we
deemed it imperative to that same program that we attend; our troop would
have been hurt in the long run had we decided not to attend.
Two other pluses of Wood Badge (and there are many others that you will just
have to attend to course to find out) are that I now have a network of
scouter friends that I can call upon to help with my troop program, plan
special campouts and activities, swap experiences, and use as resources in
other regards (c.f., Wood Badge: Knowing and Using the Resources of the
Group). The other major advantage of Wood Badge is that leaders who attend
the WB Course can now speak the language of and understand the youth in
their troop who have attended Junior Leader Training. I attended JLT as a
youth, and worked on its staff as a youth, and this year am an Adult staff
member for the course, and the two courses are parallel.
After you get a couple of leaders through WB, it also doesn't "hurt" the
troop so much the next course, because a few of them will still be around
(some due to their WB experience) to fill in any Adult Leadership void that
may occur when a leader attends or staffs WB.
Wood Badge is the doctorate of the BSA, without it you are a TA to the
program and not a professor of it goals and methods.
------ Mike Hays, Jr. ------
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Assistant Scoutmaster - BSA Troop 611, Shawnee Trails Council - Western Kentucky
Wood Badge SR-55 - "Smokey Bears"!
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