Re: Wood Badge
Chaplain Morrison (aettch@EMAIL.GRAFENWOEHR.ARMY.MIL)
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 08:52:12 -0400
Just a comment on the subject.
I have received alot of training since 1961 when I entered the U.S. Naval
Academy as a "Plebe"; Marine Corps Officer Basic in 1965, Training for duty
in Vietnam where the watchwords were "Know your enemy" and "Win the hearts
and minds of the Vietnamese people" (Bet those bring back some memories for
other Vietnam Vets). Later I completed two advanced degrees in seminary and
have since completed both the Chaplain Officer Basic Advanced Courses in the
U. S. Army.
My Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge experience in June was the best, most
integrated, training experience I have ever had. There were times of
frustration and downright anger or rebellion among the participants, but
they always lead to a "discovery experience" or unexpected "treat" which we
will never forget.
The technique of making the "patrol system" work is a large part of what is
being taught. For adults who are inclined to run an "adult lead" troop, or
for Cub Scout leaders, this may have been foreign to their own practice and,
therefore, frustrating; but if they are the primary complainers, they are
the ones who need to learn the "boy lead" lesson the most.
I wouldn't trade my Wood Badge experience for anything this side of Heaven.
TCC, BSA Troop 261
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City