Re: Wood Badge Course
Kevin Doyle (kdoyle@HEI.COM)
Fri, 14 Jun 1996 15:53:45 -1000
I've been to four courses (1 Boy Scout Leader and 3 Cub Scout Trainer)
and would offer the following observations. All were week long, so I
might have a bias there. Years ago the Aloha Council did a weekend course
but for at least the last ten years, has done the full-week course.
Regional Cub Scout Trainer Wood Baadge courses in the Western Region are
week-long as well.
Jim Miller's comments on newer Scouters and more experienced Scouters are
well taken. I would only add that I think it is possible for a Scouter to
be too green for this "advanced" training. A certain amount of experience
in the program is desireable. I think the participant gets more out of
it and has more to offer the other participants if they have some
familiarity with the program that comes with experience beyond basic
training. And it can be a disaster for the participant who isn't ready or
is there for the wrong reason. I've been to three Cub Scout Trainer Wood
Badge courses and on each of them were Scouters who had not training
position, no intention of training and some who had "moved over" to Boy
Scouting and didn't forsee any involvement in Cub Scouting ever again.
When asked why they were at the course then, the answer was "I got an
invitation". Clearly some Councils are not adequately screening their
recommendations for participants and the result is extremely stressful
for the participant and a drain on the other participants who have to
deal with some of the resulting problems.
I would suggest that anyone considering attending any Wood Badge course
have a clear understanding of what the course is offering, what it's
expectations are and how you are going to get and offer to others the
most out of it. Every course has participants who think it's a game or a
test of wills and get sidetracked from why we are there. Everything
doesn't go your way on a Wood Badge course, but everyone should treat
each challenge with the mindset that they are going to do their best and
get the most they can out of it.
aloha council bsa
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City