Wood Badge Attitudes
Mark Browning (mbrownin@JCCCNET.JOHNCO.CC.KS.US)
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 09:37:34 -0500
I've been following the "Arrogance at Wood Badge" thread for several
generations now. It occurred to me that it is possible--POSSIBLE--that the
arrogance and/or bad attitude comes from the participants as well as the
Example: I was Senior Patrol Leader for our last Scoutmaster Fundamentals
course. We enjoyed the presence of a long-time, Wood Badge-trained,
bead-wearing, knot-toting Scouter. This fellow gave us SCATHING reviews.
The course, however, was not bad. Sure, it could have been better, but it
was at least a good B+ course from a dedicated and experienced group of
There are some people who attend training events of all sorts who simply
cannot accept that someone else holds some authority over them or deigns to
train them. These people know that they already know everything. The
everything that they know is the same everything that they've known for
fifteen years, gol-durn it! It's not their fault that their troop is
floundering; it's those darn kids or the lack of support from District.
Yeah, that's the ticket.
I'm not suggesting that there isn't a problem with trainers--Wood Badge or
otherwise--around the nation. I am suggesting that we as Scouters have a
responsibility to look in the mirror first and fix any defects we find
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City