Re: New Critter!!
Tue, 27 Aug 1996 08:45:57 -0500
JJMJr. wrote (with some deletions only for space..you had a GREAT time, now
>OK, so I finally did it. Saturday morning I showed up bright and early at
>Rock Hill Scout Reservation for the beginning of Woodbadge Course
>NE-II-76. I'm still amazed at how many people came to
>the course with such a minimal amount of Scouting experience and
>Scout Skills background. I now understand the push to limit the experience
>to those with direct Troop involvement.
In our "mad dash to get everyone to Wood Badge", Jim, I think that sometimes
we lose sight of why things were set up the way they were in the past, whereby
you needed to be in a unit environment for a couple of years...you know, get
used to the yelling when someone has cut their finger, or the *ooph* you hear
in the middle of the night when someone hits a dining fly line or a tent line...
The "fires" and the "food we place on the fires" for eating later. The
"normal stuff" of camping with Scouts...which makes Wood Badge more "out of
the normal" for
some of us.
We have a lot of Scouters that attend Wood Badge and come back to their
are amazed at the noise level..."we didn't do all of that stuff during Wood
Badge", they would say....
>Anyway, I finally got my patrol assignment and I'm a Bobwhite!
So, you're going to be one of those silly woodbirds...we'll forgive you!!
>The others (in his patrol) all have a number of years on me. This seems
strange >since the reality in modern Troops is age grouped patrols, but
But it SHOULDN'T be that way, Jim....the groupings should be on "natural
"gangs" if you will, of kids that live close by each other, preferably in
the same neighborhood. This was done so that patrol members can rely on
each other and so
that if there was something that occured, that all members can immediately
get ahold of each other....
>I'm optimistic that the course content will improve because all the first
>weekend managed to teach me was that my first SM was obviously
>Woodbadge trained because our Troop ran in the same fashion as
>Troop 1 does. It has also led me to believe that somehow the Course
>Director has the ability to make the clocks run faster, because I don't
>know where all the time went!
Don't they now.....*heheheee* I've been accused during Exploring Advanced
Seminars of "changing the clocks" (physically impossible to do in a college
unless I went to a central building during a break and changed them all).
anything else in the "game of Scouting..." times flies when you're having fun!!
>It's great fun, and I'm enjoying it immensely outside of the frustration of
>others in my Patrol who are either not as enthusiastic as I am or don't
>have the level of skills that I have. THAT is exasperating.
Could this be a "guided discovery", Jim??? Think to your Exploring
weren't there folks in that room that were familiar with Exploring and were "two
pages ahead of you" when you came to their Post or Ship to talk about, say, the
way the Council is organized?? Wasn't there some silly-looking kid in the
of a room somewhere that was "off in left field someplace" when you were telling
the great stuff that Exploring has to offer....and perhaps told a friend
that you needed
to "get on with it...I'm already sold??"
Or how about at the Council level at a meeting whereby there was someone there
so familiar with the plan that he or she could have stated it
verbatim....and the rest of
you guys were still wanting to know "how would this work?"
> In much the
>same way as my SMF course, I find myself biting my tongue when
>things that I consider obvious are taught so I don't take away from the
>experience of the others. I also seem to do the same thing (which I am
>going to try to stop) when the members of the staff do or say things
>that I don't agree with. Maybe I'm just trying to hard to remain open to
>what the course is, but growing up in the program, and spending so many
>years active in a Troop, on Camp staff, in the OA, etc. makes a lot of the
Not "redundant", but "extremely familiar and gut-wrenchingly hard to stay
>The environment of the course is fantastic! The staff is enthusiastic and
>the fun of being a kid in a patrol is great to re-experience 15 years later.
>All training should be this hands-on.
The BSA has been working on that factor for YEARS....but there are still many
Councils that feel that "classroom instruction is the safest way to go". SMF is
RECOMMENDED to be done in the out-of-doors, all sessions...but somehow,
only the outdoor sessions are done outdoors....
>As much as I feel that I'm making up for the
>staff's failure, I can't help but feel that I have been saddled with the
>responsibility of driving my Patrol into a feeling of belonging and
>fellowship that is what being in a Patrol is all about.
Dont' worry...it'll come together...remember, this was the first session; as
goes onward, you'll see your Patrol "start to gel"...just like when we stick
of boys together to make a Patrol up....given time, training and coaching (which
you'll get a LOT of!!) and "guided discoveries" along the way, your fellow
Bobwhites and yourself will find yourselves "in a patrol", thinking "as a
patrol" and "using the
resources of the Patrol" to "get the job done and keep the group together".
You'll see....it's WELL WORTH your time, energies and the money you spent
to get there, Jim....you'll see...
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
Deputy Public Affairs Officer, 21st Theater Army Area Command
Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany
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