Re: Wood Badge Ticket
George Crowl (WILLIAMM@ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU)
Mon, 18 Sep 1995 14:30:14 -0600
To Robert Sharek and all concerned about Wood Badge "secrets"
First, some background so you know where I'm coming from.
Attended Trainer Wood Badge (WB-318) in 1968, then Leadership
Development (WB-402) in 1972. Staffed in 1973-1995, total 15
courses, three regions. Course director 1978, three times total.
Council Wood Badge coordinator for 20 years, Area Wood Badge
coordinator for two years. I have seen a lot of change, and I
hope instigated some of it myself.
Some American Wood Badge courses are burdened with traditions
that go back to the "military" side of Scouting. Some councils
are burdened with a Wood Badge "clique" who think that because
they went to Wood Badge they are God's gift to Scouting. And
there are a few things that go on during the course that I feel
are better not discussed with prospective attendees because I
believe it will diminish the Wood Badge experience for them.
However, like the OA, there are no secrets.
I honestly believe that most Scouters could read the Wood Badge
syllabus from cover to cover, and only come away with 30% of what
is taught in a good Wood Badge course. The other 70% is in the
execution of the syllabus by a trained, dedicated, competent
staff. We have "discoveries" which, for lack of imagination on
the part of many staffs, are used over and over again. If we let
everyone know what they are, they lose some of their
effectiveness. We have some ceremonies which reach their full
impact only in the context of what has gone before during the
Wood Badge today is emphasizing "Scouting is a Special Place," as
is the rest of Scouting. For several years, we too have
emphasized that there is no place in Wood Badge or in Scouting
for any kind of hazing or situations which demean a Scouter/
Scout. As in all organizations, some people/places seem to get
that word more slowly than others.
I feel comfortable in saying that BSA Wood Badge teaches eleven
specific leadership skills and many Scoutcraft skills in the
context of small group dynamics (called a patrol). There is no
problem identifying the skills we teach. We teach a
skill, and then put the individual, patrol and troop in the
situation where they need to apply it. When we teach
communicating, we set up situations where part of the
responsibility for communicating rests with the individual and
with the patrol leader. We do this for each skill.
As has been alluded to elsewhere, we expect each participant (and
staff member!) to write a ticket with him/herself to meet certain
service, goals and growth. Seeing what someone else has done for
a ticket may be useful, but should not be borrowed verbatim,
because your situation is not the same as any other person's.
The ticket is an application of the skills learned in Wood Badge,
so you can incorporate them in your leadership style. Some have
found the skills and the ticket (management by objectives) useful
in their professional life.
In my view, working the ticket: a) relates to the job you are
doing now in Scouting, to do it to the best of your ability;
b) is done on a one-on-one basis with a coach/counselor who is a
FRIEND; c) need not be a paperwork "magnum opus" as it was in the
'60s. It does, however, involve some honest work that otherwise
would not have been done, and some learning, not just time-
serving for the specified period.
The National syllabus leaves little latitude to course directors
about attendance (100%) because the course is an integrated
whole, building on what has gone before.
It is important to remember that Wood Badge is only a training
course. Its purpose is to provide more competent leaders so that
boys will have a better program. In 1968 I was told by a member
of the National training division, "If you send an idiot to Wood
Badge, you will get back a trained, enthusiastic idiot." Wood
Badgers have all the faults, foibles, and frustrations that other
Scouters have, they merely have been exposed to some good ways to
____'/____ George Crowl
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