Keith Tilley (redcoat@NEXTSTEP.NET)
Sat, 14 Sep 1996 18:17:42 -0400
Steve Weston wrote:
> Staff members giving answers like, "That will be revealed at the proper
> time," are probably carrying a chip on their shoulder based on a similar
> response from a staff member when they were the participant.
I've never attended Boy Scout Wood Badge, but I have completed Cub Leader
Trainer Wood Badge and returned three times to serve on Staff. While it's
possible that you encountered Staffers with a "chip on their shoulder", I've
NEVER seen it on the four courses I've been a part of.
I know it's frustrating for participants not to have instant answers to all
of their questions - intelligent adults need information to thrive - but was
there really a time when you couldn't perform your assigned tasks due to a
shortage of vital information (which sounds like a real problem)? Or was it
more of a case of unsatisfied curiosity (which is pretty common)? Frankly,
there are times during the course where we *know* we've overloaded the
participants with information, and to give away what's coming tomorrow would
only serve to distract them from the tasks of today.
Also remember that part of the WB learning experience is in sharing
information and working as a team. I don't know about BSWB, but at CSWB
there's a well-defined information flow, and the participants are expected
to use it. In most cases, if someone doesn't know what he/she needs to
know, it's because someone else in their Den didn't do their job. When a
Staffer declines to answer a question, it may seem needlessly arrogant, but
in reality, it's supporting the process.
Now, that doesn't address the issue of any individual Staffer's attitude.
Maybe the Staffer you cite really was too arrogant, or withheld more
information than absolutely necessary. I just want to make absolutely sure
that this discussion doesn't discourage people from participating in Wood
Badge because it overgeneralizes a specific problem.
Rip Van Winkle Council, NY
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