Re: Why is WoodBadge "destroying" our troop?
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Mon, 21 Apr 1997 06:39:54 -0400
Stan Rudnick wrote ...
> My understand is that for Woodbadge 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"....
> any ideas/suggestions ... to solve what I perceive as a problem?
At the close of Woodbadge training we develop a "ticket" which has
several individual goals to accomplish. Some of these DO have to do
with troop development. However, each item on the ticket should be
accomplishable without depending too much on the vagaries of
individual scouts or committee members. If your SM REALLY does have a
ticket item that reads "every Scout reach 1st Class by June", he has
set an unrealistic goal. His Woodbadge Patrol Adviser should never
have allowed him to set such a goal.
Suggestions: First, at the next committee meeting, ask the SM to share
his ticket with the committee. Since he will likely need the
committee's help in completing one or more items, it's not an
unreasonable request. You want to help him succeed, in the troop AND
in Woodbadge (which, yes, comes right back to the troop).
Once all the cards are on the table, the committee should begin
working to help the SM accomplish those goals. If a goal is
unreasonable, the SM **CAN** go to his ticket advisor and request to
have the problem item adjusted. (For example, rather than "Every Scout
reach 1st Class by June", maybe it should read "50% of Scouts advance
by June" -- IF THAT IS AN AREA THE TROOP HAS HAD PROBLEM WITH.)
The SM probably should share appropriate portions of his ticket with
the PLC, because he will likely need their help in completing portions
of his ticket.
(There is one section of the Woodbadge ticket which contains personal
goals. These are not necessarily directly related to Scouting, and
these you likely won't be able to help him directly with, except
perhaps to make sure he has the resources to accomplish them.)
Please DO act quickly on this problem, and avoid at all costs "finger
pointing." (The SM should do the same! Blaming the PLs for failing to
advance all their members is hardly good adult leadership. He should
rather work with the PLs to see how HE can help THEM to get their boys
advancing -- but realizing that, as you said, NOT ALL BOYS are going
to WANT to advance that fast. Whenever you have a goal of "100%,"
you're depending on everybody buying into YOUR agenda, and even the
world's best salesman will tell you that it can't always be done!)
Get the SM to work with his ticket advisor pronto. If boys start
staying away because of an unrealistic ticket item, the whole troop
will be the loser (and the SM STILL won't complete his ticket). OTOH,
if your SM completes a realistic ticket, the troop will be in much
better shape than when he began Woodbadge.
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City