Wood Badge Ticket - Info and Thank-you (Long)
Kim Hannemann (khannemann@WORLDBANK.ORG)
Mon, 21 Apr 1997 14:48:47 +0000
Jim Peterson recently asked Wood Badge participants to describe their ticket
items. I recently completed my ticket, begun in October 1995, and I expect to
receive my beads on June 11 at a troop court of honor. I was going to write a
thank-you to all the Scouts-L contributors who helped. If I can combine this
with a response to Jim, so much the better.
In the course of pursuing my ticket goals I had to make several changes, some
as the result of plans not working as expected and some for external reasons.
Some were major - whole ticket items exchanged for others - and some were
implementation changes. I think this is inevitable, and probably was part of
the reason for the ticket exercise in the first place. Here's what I did:
Service to Others through my troop:
* Suggest and assist my troop in developing and carrying out a regular program
of more frequent service projects in the local community.
I set out to establish a committee position to dig up projects for the troop.
But by focusing instead on establishing a good Life-to-Eagle transition
process, the troop has effectively used the program itself to do more
And it's essentially youth-led. I get credit for it (in WB terms) because I
worked hard on the troop's program in general, and because the objective was
* Establish a career-oriented Explorer Post affiliated with our troop to
the interest of older scouts and to serve other interested youth in our
This replaced another service item involving work on our council summer camp
facilities because (a) my health has been very poor and (b) the work crew's
schedule consistently conflicted with other obligations. I did, however,
publicize the existence of the crew (Goshen Bears) to others in our troop.
The internet-oriented Post is running but is having problems finding a regular
place to meet where we can do hands-on learning. We are all dressed up with no
place to go. And, we are having some admin problems getting chartered due to
the requirement - not mentioned until after the paperwork was sent in - that
five of our members have to be "primaries" - they are all multiples now. We
deal with this by treating the Post as a special Venture crew within the troop
until we get it straightened out, but that is a secondary issue.
* Work with the SM and ASM/New Scouts to promote a strong relationship with
potential feeder packs and to ensure the smooth transition of Webelos Scouts
into the troop.
I created a troop brochure for new scouts with key information; I put four
Cubmasters on our mailing list; we invited webelos dens to our meetings; and
with the PLC we put in place a strong spring transition plan to get the new
scouts into action fast. Later we established a web site that serves as an
advertisement. I served as ASM/New Scouts for a few months to get the program
going, then stepped back into my committee role.
Goals for my Troop job:
* With the help of the PLC and the Troop Committee, I will create adn
distribute a Troop handbook for all families.
Instead of a printed handbook, we wound up with a web site, combined with the
* Promote the need for and participate in a stovemanship course for Scouts and
Scouters in the troop.
We were preparing to move from dmpout to backpack camping, with a greater use
of propane and white gas equipment. The troop needed more training.
Here is another case where I didn't do the work - except for creating some
"Stovemanship Chit" cards - but I get the credit. Our Philmont and other
venture scouts got the first training, then using their own experience, they
conducted the training, and have done so several times since.
* Assist the troop librarian in creating a complete and accessible resource
center for the troop and patrols.
Instead of an ammunition box of old merit badge books, kept in a locked
cabinet, we now have a two-drawer file where anyone can get all the forms we
use, the merit badge books, Woods Wisdom, games, songs, skits, recipes,
handbooks and other stuff.
Personal growth as a leader:
* Assist the troop scribe in establishing and regularly publishing a troop
I really enjoyed this, as it has given me a chance to get close to the program
by going to the PLC meetings and working with two boys as scribes. It has been
a big help in improving troop communications. After some 17 issues, I will
the job over to another Scouter next month.
* Learn and teach camp and backpack cooking skills to scouts and promote
cooking skills in the troop.
There was entirely too much Ramen on our campouts. I set out to teach the
Cooking merit badge, but wound up with Camping instead. I introduced the
* Plan and participate in a troop JLT course.
Originally I had an item on teaching Pioneering. I wanted JLT, but I was
committee/MB counselor and the ticket had to be written for my job. But I
switched to ASM and we needed JLT, so I got permission to change the
had a great time and I used a lot of WB material, rewritten for boys, in my
I hope the above, lengthy though it is, can be of help to those wondering what
the heck is a "ticket" besides something you get for speeding.
Now for the long list of Thank-yous for Scouts-L contributors who helped me
with my ticket items, or whose Web sites I plagiarized, or whose general
presence and contributions have been a big help. A Beaver-slap to:
and of course my Wood Badge patrol,
Mary Lou Gundersen
and Tom Seymour, our coach-counselor.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City