Re: Wood Badge
Rob Lee (roblee@PACBELL.NET)
Mon, 17 Jun 1996 22:52:16 -0700
>>Now for today's deathless comments:
>>Rob Lee, Jim Miller, etc:
A harsh flame if I ever saw one.
Flame no more.
Understand, I see a push to put people into woodbadge by running an
abbreviated Scout Adult Leader training just to qualify the candidate to go
to woodbadge withing two months of that experience. Should the push be that
all Scouters, no matter how neophyte, be placed into the advanced training
program of scouting?
All of you who are experienced know that a boy cannot be put to the test of
star, life, or eagle until he has completed the basic skills. Pushing to put
adults into woodbadge within months of becoming an adult Scout leader and
just completing basic is much the same thing.
I do not, and did not intend to advocate, that this training be withheld for
only the most expereinced, I agree that many long time Scouters have the
necessary skills already. But I do seek to see perhaps a year or two of
experience under the belt in going to this training.
Perhaps the happy mediuum comes in the offering of intermediate programs,
standalone or through the University of Boy Scouts, that brings more quickly
and effectively to the new leader. I don't believe a new leader should wait
a year to get supplemental training to support the program. This need must
be met by the training chairs of the districts and the roundtable staffs.
In the Cub program, a new supplemental training program has emerged to move
a leader from basic to fully trained over an 18 month period, delivering 6
two hour sessions at a rate of one per quarter - a sound idea and approach -
hopefully being adopted by councils everywhere. I feel it is a shame that
Boy Scouts does not offer the same type of training after basic.
As everyone on this list recognizes, the challenges across the country have
a similar foundation, but different solutions based on local culture and
needs. Keep the respect for those differences and offer support and guidance
- not denegrading remarks to presume you know the commitment of the person
to the program. Anyone concerned enough to voice an opinion about the
program in a forum like this is most often the best allies the Scouting
program has - do not shoot your ally when the opinion differs.
I used to be an Owl...W-CS-34
Arrow of Light 1966, Eagle 1971, OA=20
ADC, Rancho Del Mar
Orange County Council
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