Re: Yahoo cont.
Charlie Thorpe (charlie2@RO.COM)
Thu, 15 Feb 1996 15:22:17 -0600
Hello Jim -
You were debating the issue of which location is best for a Wood Badge bead
>.. I have narrowed my choices down to two precourse meetings, a BSLT
>course I >am a staff member on, and a get together of a bunch of us from
>the same course >who are getting their beads at a private get together.
>The two precourse >meetings and the BSLT course make a lot of sense
>because they encourage others >to complete their training...
If you are using the "Scoutmastership Fundamentals" BSLT format, the Phase
III (outdoor weekend) campfire makes a GREAT time to do beads! We are
going to present quite a few in our upcoming Council-wide SF Phase III next
month. Many of our local Wood Badge participants mention that they were
inspired (in large part) by seeing others get their beads at a big
gathering of Scouters.
But don't JUST do your beads there! Your own Troop deserves to know that
the wide world of Scouting feels that your Wood Badge work is a big deal!
Please don't let personal modesty stop you from setting a wonderful
training/service example for BOTH your Scouts and other adults associated
with your Troop. Have your Wood Badge beads presented AGAIN for the
benefit of the home team!
I agree that a COH should be about recognition for the boys in the
Troop...but, I also believe that a COH should be boy-run! Ask your PLC how
they think adult awards should be handled (you might find out that they are
already as proud of you as we all are!). If they feel that it is proper to
include a bead presentation at their COH, then let them make a big todo
over it. If they would rather keep adult recognition's as an "adult
thing," then do your beads and other important adult awards at a Troop
meeting that gets the WHOLE mob together (pot-luck dinner, reception,
post-COH, picnic, special Committee meeting, etc.).
My personal favorite is to have a general Troop membership meeting (Scouts,
families, and friends of the Troop) twice a year...once in the winter
(indoor pot-luck during Scout week) and once in the summer (outdoor
jump-in-the-lake picnic during hot weather). I think that a Troop COH (not
an Eagle COH) and adult recognition's go fine with big Troop meetings that
have LOTS to eat <g>.
In your case, perhaps you could find a nice way to do three recognition's:
big Scouting event, Troop event, and private ceremony with Lamar's Scouting
friends. Maybe you could save the Certificates so Lamar could present them
to all who earned their beads. Perhaps you all could make a special bead
presentation TO Lamar at the private gathering:
start out with a 2-bead set and have it worn briefly by all NE-IV-67
participants who earned their beads;
add a third bead (provided by the WB SM for Lamar's first course on staff or by
a close friend of Lamar's who served with him on a past WB course);
have the 3-bead set worn briefly by all of Lamar's NE-IV-67 staff;
add a fourth bead (provided by Lamar's own WB Scoutmaster from the course Lamar
attended as a participant); and
get all these folks together to present this personal "Wood Badge history" set
of beads to a Scouter you all obviously care about.
However you choose to get YOUR beads...congratulations to you!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City