JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Fri, 13 Sep 1996 08:27:21 -0600
I don't think that anything I stated a couple of days ago about changes
in Wood Badge contradict anything that Gene, the staffer and fellow Fox,
said yesterday/today. It was made quite clear, after a couple of days,
that the correct process is as important as the information being
I think the problem, or the "game' as it is called in some places, is
when stff members are asked questions and give bogus answers or simply
laugh and walk away, rather than doing, as I hope all of us do as troop
leaders, respond with "have you asked your patrol leader? Has he/she
asked the senior patrol leader?"
This was the issue at my course. Several questions were posed to the QM
staff, who did not respond in a professional manner, but simply laughed
and walked away. Later we learned it was because we were supposed to go
through the proper channels, but it would have been better if they (the
QMs) had stated this fact. What sort of effect would it have on our boys
if we just laughed and walked away, we asked? "Oh, we were just showing
you what NOT to do." Bogus, bogus, bogus.
The point it, after MUCH consultation with our coach-counselor, the staff
never discussed these issues in advance, and weren't ready for these
issues, preferring, it seemed, to leave them in the hands of individual
staff members, some of whom belong in my new scout patrol. Games playing
is out, from what I have been made to understand, and this point needs to
get to future students and future staff members alike.
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
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