Re: Wood Badge Course
Charlie Thorpe (charlie2@RO.COM)
Thu, 13 Jun 1996 04:37:37 -0600
Hello Peter (and All) -
This is a very interesting thread and I am glad that Michael brought it up.
I hope that LOTS of folks on this list toss in some suggestions and
observations. It would also be of high interest to me to find out how
other Scouting movements (non-BSA) have met the Wood Badge scheduling
challenge and been able to provide this very important and extensive
training to all their leaders.
Peter, you said:
>Lastly -- Schedules and a pet-peeve. Yes, I would like to take the
>course in my own council, but if a conflict prevents me than don't
>give me a bad time about looking at other councils. Scouting, people,
>is NOT a competition between councils or even districts.
I am often asked for an opinion on what to do about conflicting Wood Badge
schedules. I ALWAYS advise that first choice should be to take Wood Badge
in their home Council. This is in a Council that only does Boy Scout Unit
Leader Wood Badge every other year! But, it AIN'T because of competition
IMHO, one of the most significant benifits to be obtained from attending
Wood Badge is the "networking" that occurs. Most of the Wood Badge
participants that I have talked with over the years feel that their WB
course was their first real full introduction into their Council's "redcoat
network." To this day, I value very very highly the contacts made during
all the Wood Badge courses that I have been associated with (participant
It's great fun to meet Scouters from all over and I consider it to be
highly valuable for a trainer to get to help out with another Council's (or
country's!) WB course (learn some NEAT stuff every time!). But first, make
sure that you are firmly part of the network of Scouters in your own
Council...honest, it's important enough to justify a little personal
rescheduling to make it happen.
If there is absolutely no way that you can make it to your local WB, then
going out-of-Council is a WHOLE lot better than not going at all! My
personal choice would be to find a week-long course in a neat place at a
convenient time and scrape up the bucks to travel there and back (enjoy the
training, the people, and the place!). Arrange thru your WB course for
your home Council to provide you with a local ticket counselor when you get
back. Make SURE that your ticket counselor includes you in every
opportunity to network at home.
Networking pays big dividends when we get down to the nitty-gritty details
of providing a good Scouting environment for our boys. We aren't doomed to
always be reinventing the wheel if we get to learn from the many mistakes
(and successes!) made by others around us.
AND...if you don't network...how are they ever going to find out how great
you would be on a future WB staff <g>?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City