Re: Is Wood Badge Segregated Now?
John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Tue, 14 Nov 1995 09:29:09 -0500
> We have had verbal news that National is requiring that
> Wood Badge tickets must only be written for the type of
> course attended. That is, a scoutmaster attending varsity
WARNING! MISINFORMATION CAN OBSCURE THE FACTS!
There are several flavors of advanced training for Scout leaders.
The Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge course emphaizes leadership training
for youth using a Boy Scout Troop as a model. Outstanding courses
abound in all over the country. Ask your training committee chair
at the district or council level where they are occurring. Failing
that talk to the DE/SE of your council for the regional listing of
Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge courses. The Cub Scout Trainer Wood BAdge
course emphasis TRAINING, as in Train-the-Trainer, using a Cub Scout
Pack as a model. Another Outstanding course conducted by the Region.
These courses are ahard to find becuase the targeted audience is the
district and council trainers. These are the training committee, roundtable
commissioners, and professionals who really use the course.
There is also Variations for Varsity, Exploring, Sea Exploring. Talk to
other people doing your job and eventually you will find an
advanced training course. Ask Mike Walton or Steve Johnson about the
not so common advanced training.
> wood badge must write his ticket to help a varsity unit, not
> his own scout unit. Furthermore cub leaders may attend only
> a cub wood badge.
The change that occurred at the start of 1995, was that the ticket would
be written to help the "unit" level that the leader was working at.
This was a change in the way the personal growth portion of the ticket
was structured. Now, the ticket has to be mor focused on the unit
involvement of the Scouting leader.
Sorry to tell you that I have sent a few Cub Scout leaders to Boy Scout
Leader Wood Badge becuase that was the best advanced program for them
as scout leaders. I have also asked Boy Scout leaders to attend Cub Scout
Trainer Wood Badge because of the leaders job. Let the leaders know
what is available so they can make informed choices!
> attended varsity wood badge - but the key to wood badge, for me,
> was not the specifics of the varsity program, but the principles
> of building future leaders and individuals of character.
Outstanding, that is what makes all of the advance courses great
opportunitites for leaders.
Yours in Scouting,
Jay Bemis, Quinsigamond District Training Chairman
Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge, NE 1-140, Camp Collier, Gardner, Ma, 1988
Cub Scout Trainer Wood Badge, NE CS-48, Camp Woekomen, Winfield, CT, 1994
Staff NE 1-163, NE 1-176, and soon to be NE 1-183
am currently working on my "ticket' for Cub Scout Trainer!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City