Re: Wood Badge ticket
Mike Barnard (mbarnard@NATDOOR.COM)
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 10:25:48 -0500
Please see my Wood Badge ticket information at http://www.woodbadge.org
In response to these ticket items submitted to the List, it I were a coach
counsellor and were counseling a participant on them I would have the
First Service to others is THROUGH the TROOP, meaning you need to involve
your troop in the process. All of the items without more detail explaining
them would not appear to meet this criteria.
SERVICE TO OTHERS
1--Serve on District training staff.
Good item, but would probably would be more appropriate in personal
2--Plan & run a District "lock in" at the YMCA
Probably can provide service through the troop if his TROOP
3--Compile a list of Merit Badge counselors for Troops in the area. (I have
kept this up)
Again, needs to be a troop project.
This section should be titled Goals, which should be items that strengthen
SERVICE TO THE TROOP
1--Write a Troop Handbook (this was done in cooperation with another member
of our Troop who took the same course.
2--See that boy leaders are trained
3--Organize advancement program
This section should be titled Personal Growth, which should be items that
grow the skills and abilities of the participant in order to be able to do
a better job.
1--Refresh my first aid skills
2--Learn how to better use 11 skills of leadership
3--Improve knowledge of woods tools use.
All the other items appear to be good items (without complete explanation)
and in the proper part of the ticket. Depending on the person and their
abilities I might question whether the Personal Growth items are
significant. I use the SMART acronym to evaluation each ticket item. Each
item should be written up in sufficient detail (again based on the
abilities of the participant) to satisfy each element of SMART. I have
included part of the information included on the ticket web pages located
All ticket items should be S M A R T. The preceding acronym may be used by
you and your Coach Counselor to evaluate a good
workable ticket item. Hopefully these questions will help you to evaluate
the items you might select for your ticket.
S - Significant
Is the item significant? Is it important? Will it have an impact on your
M - Measurable.
Is the item measurable? How will you know when it's done? Can the progress
A - Appropriate.
Is this task within your job responsibilities? Does it need to be done? Is
this an opportunity that is available to you?
R - Realistic.
Can the item be accomplished? Can it be brought to a successful conclusion?
Do you have control over the task?
T - Timely.
Can it be done in a timely manner? Is it going to take too much time to
accomplish? Can it be done in a reasonable time? Place a time
limit on it, "A Dream becomes a Goal, with a deadline on it."
Several times I have mentioned "based on the abilities of the participant".
What I mean here is that a ticket should reflect each persons best effort
and should be a thought inspiring challenge. As a coach counselor or
ticket counselor we would have to know each persons abilities
(Understanding Characteristics and Needs) and what they are capable of. We
should not expect the same level of work from a PHD as we might from
someone else, probably would expect significantly more. The SMART
principle is a tool for both the participant and counsellor to use to
evaluate a ticket. One person would be able to fully explain the ticket
item and then exactly how they would apply the leadership skills to it,
another person would have the same effort at defining the item and just
naming the skills to apply, so a counselor has to be sensitive to each
I hope this helps. Agree or disagree I look forward to the discussion,
it's just a process of learning.
I hope this will help those researching the ticket.
Mike Barnard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fort Worth, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City