Re: Wood Badge Ticket help
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Wed, 11 Sep 1996 06:39:25 -0600
My entire patrol just about went home on Sunday evening of Wood Badge
this past summer because of being talked down to.
After some investigation, with the help of a wonderful coach counselor, a
good SPL, and a dad who has been a Wood Badge SM several times, I have
figured out the following (I should say we, because it was a patrol
1. Wood Badge has been greatly revised over the past twenty years. It
used to be almost a game to keep information from the "students" and keep
everyone guessing what was going on, give everyone so much to do, no one
could possibly get to bed before 1 am, etc.
2. Many people complained about this game, saying that it wasn't
realistic of what we should be teaching in our troops.
3. Everything was changed, because your week at Wood Badge should be
representative of th4e ideal troop. Everything--PLCs, bed times, meal
times, etc. It's not the Bible, but a strong example of how life
could/should/ought to be.
4. Not everyone understands the new program, and still likes to play
games. This is apparently a big no-no, but the staffs will take care of
this problem quietly.
5. Any "games" that are played now are *intended* to be a bad example.
If you feel as though you are being treated badly, the purpose of that
*may* have been to show yhou how NOT to treat your scouts. At least at
my course, that was the purpose. Several of the staff members talked
down to campers, and we objected. The response we got was "do you think
your boys like it, then?" End of lesson, end of being talked down to.
The rest of the staff treated us as equals, nearly, because, they said,
if it is a boy-run program, then in many respects, they are our equals,
or nearly so.
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
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