Wood Badge Segregrated?
Mike Walton ("Settummanque)
Tue, 14 Nov 1995 07:01:39 -0600
Whoops! I've been reading the wrong version of the Training materials here
at work (that's what you get for trying to do stuff at 3am in the morning!)
Two of you (Thanks Hildy and Mark!) have correctly wrote back to me about the
"requirements to attend" Wood Badge courses. In the past, there was a two-year
"getting your feet wet" period before you were eligible to be nominated for
attendance. This was designed for you to learn what it is like to be a
Scouter as well as to earn part of or all of a training award.
This two-year period is no longer valid. Scouters may participate in a Wood
Badge course provided that the following is completed:
1) The completion of all parts of a Scoutmaster Fundamentals (Basic Course) or
the equalievent course in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting or Exploring.
2) Approval of the local Council Scout Executive or designee
The other issue is that of "ticket writing". During the five courses I've
been either a participant or staff member of, the actual "writing of the
conducted with a "training session" on Day 7 and the completion and approval
by the Coach/Counsellor on Day 8. We had (I was one of them) several folks
that started writing their ticket on Day 1 and had to modify, rewrite and
even tear up and start all over again by the seventh day.
The ideal way is to gather your information by the way of taking lots of
notes (even now, a lot of those notes come in mightly handy!) and then
spending the afternoon of Day 7 listening *carefully* to the Scoutmaster and
other staff members explaining what the Ticket is, how it should be written,
and how important it is that each point that you set be "qualitative and
quantative" as well as appliciable to your role in Scouting. Hildy
(Hilding) wrote that during the last course in which he served on staff of,
the ticket was written to reflect the REGISTERED position you hold, which
eliminated having to write a ticket for a position you don't hold and
therefore have little or no clue as to what it really entails.
The Wood Badge ticket is REALLY important. This is how YOU gauge yourself
as to your understanding of the principles taught during the course. You
write several goals which you will undertake during the next two years after
the course is over (the part I left out, thanks Mark)! This is called "the
application period" and when you feel (and your Coach/Counsellor feels) that
all of this is completed, he or she then recommends that you receive the
Wood Badge at an appropriate ceremony.
Sorry for leaving out the information, gang...I'm still trying to get
accustomed to working overnight and sleeping during the daylight...man, it's
hard sometimes and my mind isn't awake totally.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle) (
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