Todd N. Tingblad (tingbltn@UWEC.EDU)
Thu, 20 Jun 1996 11:27:36 -0500
I know it would happen as soon as I wrote it. As I said in my posting from
my Return From Philmont, this was going to be a hard one to explain.
However, someone esle on Scouts-L hit the "nail on the head". This concern
was not about the pride one gets from being in a Woodbadge Patrol (Owl, Fox,
Beaver, etc.) and the course, it was the poor behavior of one patrol to
another. A disrespectful behavior. ex: Your a Beaver, I'm a Fox, that
makes be better than you simply because I'm a Fox.
It is the behavior that is the concern, not the pride and since of team and
family that a Woodbadge patrol creates with it's members. It is this type
of disrespectful behavior that has started many a war or distroyed many a
friendship (I'm better than you simply because I am here and you are there).
Good and respectful behavior is very important in BSA. We, the adult
leaders and living examples to the youth we serve, need to show the right
kind of behavior in all areas in Scouting. Disrespectful behavior is a
problem here in the USA. Respect for oneself and for others is important.
The money part is, I think, just all those Woodbadgers finally getting to
purchase "Official BSA" Woodbadge stuff. Lots of outside folks are making a
lot of money off of Woodbadge related items (just look at the Cimmarron Art
Gallery & Sofa Shop). In a year or so, once the big purchasing rush is
over, Woodbadge item purchases will level off.
Go to Woodbadge. Go to other training opportunities. Learn all that is
learnable. Apply all that you have learned. Continue those friendships of
your patrol and course for years and years. Take pride in the type of
things you have learned and bring them to your Scouting job and Life, to
help our youth get the most they can out of Scouting that YOU can bring to
them. Show them the best example that a person can be, thanks to Scouting
and the training you take.
Todd Tingblad -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City