Re: Why is WoodBadge "destroying" our troop?
Steven Featherkile (madwolf@EARTHLINK.NET)
Thu, 17 Apr 1997 12:26:44 -0700
> ... and it is my assumption that that is what WoodBadge
> is about....
> Our problem is that the gentleman who took over as SM last September,
> ((elected in June) about 40 years old... Eagle Scout.. son a
> tenderfoot..... seems to have signed a pact with the devil....
> My understand is that for Woodbage one undertakes a project... along
> the lines of an Eagle Project, and his seems to be that "all Scouts in
> the troop will be 1st Class by next June"....
> the problem is with the word "ALL"...... while I hardily endorse
> the one-yeat/trail to first class program... some boys cause of
> limited interest... outside activities.. or whatever... just don't > do
Sounds like your Scoutmaster's Woodbadge Coach-Counselor overlooked this
one. The goal of the Woodbadge ticket is not necessarily the
accomplishment of the goal, though that is laudable. More importantly,
the takehome message is "What did you learn while working on this one."
When I wrote my ticket, I was required to have a "Plan B," in case my
"Plan A" didn't pan out. Then, when plan B didn't work, with my C/C's
permission, I changed the goal to something that was more workable.
Example: My original goal was to complete a bicycle time trial of 10
miles in 30 minutes or less. Due to approaching geezerhood, the best I
was able to do was 36 or so unofficial minutes. I was encourged to do
something different, with the bike, and ended up having a ball riding
the Pacific Coast Highway from Halfmoon Bay, through San Francisco, over
the Golden Gate Bridge to Tiburon, taking the ferry across to
Fisherman's Wharf, and then back to Halfmoon Bay on the PCH. About 100
miles, give or take. The point is, what did I learn about myself. If
your SM is able to get 3 of 5 or 2 of 5 or even none, what has he
learned? Have him contact his coach counselor. The last thing
Woodbadge should do is destroy the troop.
I used to be a Bobwhite
"If I ever get that hour a week OFF from Scouting, I'm sure I can find a
good use for it."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City