Re: Wood Badge Ticket help!
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@EECS.NWU.EDU)
Tue, 10 Sep 1996 09:51:17 -0500
As a national trainer for many years, let me try to explain this. IF as a
professor here at Northwestern University, I attempt to teach a class with
every student having in their hands the exact material I am speaking --- no
one would truly listen.
Second point: reading the material is not interpretive, but factual. Thus,
a person reads, '.......there must always be two deep leadershi...", that
person says, oh well, I can handle the situation. When TRAINED, the trainer
explains some of the whys and wherefors of the requirements, strongly
recommended procedures, indeed even the patrol method.
Since in Great Britain there was for a very long time a 5 year
apprenticeship required before taking the leadership of a troop, it is easy
to understand that not all things come from the book, but ...as our program
has always taught since Lord Baden-Powell said it.....'leaning by doing.'
This premise of learning by doing is very difficult when the persons we are
teaching NOT ahead of time what we are aiming at. Not unlike the counseling
process within Woodbadge.
Why - keep the ins and outs of participation in Woodbadge quiet?-----We are
developing the whole person in our program, not just a piece of him/her.
Thus, we, the trainers, need to be able to work our skills.
I know personally how very difficult it is to guide a person deeply trained
and practised in our leadership skills --- it is much worse when they say,
so to speak,..."I see what you're doing, and I'd do it differently."
It is not possible to develop the entire PERSON without giving them room to
grow, and your program has always done this. That is why the preparation
period, and your basic training is far more involved and lengthy than ours.
I have copies of your courses, and they are wonderful, but I truly believe
we would have no attendance after awhile at such sessions--- it is truly a
different preparation than our volunteers get.
Hope this helps explain it a bit.
>I'm not sure why BSA keeps the Wood Badge materials secret ... here in UK
>anybody can buy the training materials from Gilwell Park.
Kathie Cerveny Exp. Div. Service Team Chrmn.
Northwestern University Troop Committee member
2145 Sheridan Rd. Pack Committee Chairman
Evanston, IL 60208-3118 BSA Trainer
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