Re: Wood Badge Leadership Skills
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Mon, 9 Oct 1995 10:19:38 -0500
At 02:55 PM 10/8/95 -0600, Don Tolin wrote:
>I appreciate the efforts Larry Jones went through to make the Wood Badge
>Leadership skills available on the 'net. I understand his concerns and his
>recent removal of those from the WWW, since others have told him that by
>publishing those for all to see, it might "ruin" or "make less meaningful"
>the Wood Badge Training Courses. I understand their sincere comments, but I
>totally disagree with their viewpoints.
>These skills are not "secrets" and we encourage everyone to make use of them
>continually in their leadership positions, both youth and adults. It doesn't
>happen overnight. It takes practice, useage, and understanding, and more
>I would encourage Larry to reconsider putting these skills materials back on
>the 'net, for the benefit of scouting and leaders everywhere. As to those
>who are afraid that the light of day may undermine Wood Badge, spend more
>time and efforts encouraging others to attend Wood Badge, and less time and
>efforts shrouding Wood Badge in secrecy.
I could not agree more and the belief that knowing what the points are will
spoil the effectiveness of the training is hogwash. Knowing the points
before going to the course will enable someone to understand better what is
coming up but it is the practice of using the points during Wood Badge that
makes the training invaluable.
I could explain to you all the physics behind riding a bicycle until you
understood it completely, BUT until you get on the bicycle and practice, you
will not be able to ride. It is that way with Wood Badge. Many of the
points of leadership explained in Wood Badge, I already practiced without
knowing it. But until they were all put together in an orderly fashion for
me and I practiced them in a safe environment, they were not something that
I was able to use to the fullest.
If somebody listed the methods used for the practice of these points, that
would be detremental to the effectiveness of the training. Just listing
what the points are and what they mean is not. Larry, I, too, suggest that
you repost them. They are somewhat useful without the training but more
useful with the training.
| Marc W. Solomon | Unit Commissioner |
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I use to be a wise old owl . . . Now I am just old
P.S. I received my beads this past Saturday night at a wonderful ceremony in
front of over 600 Scouts, Scouters, and Scout parents! It was quite moving.
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