Re: Wood Badge Ticket
CHUCK BRAMLET (chuckb@AZTEC.ASU.EDU)
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 13:07:40 -0700
Well, seeing as how we have been asked to post our tickets,
and several have already been posted, I guess it's time for me
to post mine.
Wood Badge Ticket
Problems found while completing ticket items.
Charles D. (Chuck) Bramlet - WEM-10-95
An analysis of the completion of a Wood Badge Ticket.
I found that the ticket that I wrote tended toward the unrealistic.
This was in spite of the attempts by my Ticket Counsellor to tone down
my "enthusiasm" at the time it was written. Items that I felt were
reasonable, turned out to be very hard to fulfill. Below, I will list
the problems as I saw them by ticket item.
Item 1: Class for University of Scouting
With the help of one or more of my fellow Troop leaders, I will
develop and present a class at the University of Scouting, 1996
(providing it is approved), on Computerized Scouting or another
approved subject. (The Computerized Scouting class would familiarize
the students with some of the computer resources available to scouting
units, including some of those available on the Internet.)
This was harder to do the one way, than it was the other. I had
intended to do a class at the University of Scouting. The class was
very hard to get approved there, but much easier to get approved for
the Roundtable. In fact, I have made at least 2, and maybe a third,
presentations at the RT on different subjects. The ones that I
remember doing were on the Target First Class program, and on Scouting
on the Internet. The latter was also the subject of a "midway" event
at the Feb. '97 UoS.
Item 2: Camporee Staff; Uniform inspection
I will serve on the staff at the 1995 Spring Camporee for Thunderbird
District, in charge of the Uniform Inspection event. I will use other
members of the Troop leadership to help where needed as additional
necessary help. I have already been approved to manage this event.
Serving on the Camporee staff for Uniform inspections was one of the
easiest items to fulfill. I had no problems with this item.
Item 3: Service Projects
I will involve the Troop and Troop Leadership in 2 service projects
in an area that is not currently being served by the Troop, such as a
social service agency. These projects to be approved by the Troop
committee at a future date.
I found that 2 service projects bordered on the impossible. This was
due mostly to Troop politics. While the first SP was fairly easy to
come by and get approved, the second got bogged down in "political"
arguments within the Troop committee. For myself, I felt that it was
not right to take WB credit for a service project that I had nothing
to do with the planning or selection of. I was uncomfortable being
assigned a project to manage, rather than choosing and planning one.
The first SP was fulfilled by having the Troop help with the Arizona
Burn Camp's annual Christmas party in 1995.
The second SP was fulfilled by serving as staff cook at the Fall Camporee,
'96, and using several Troop members to help in the kitchen.
Item 4: Target First Class Coordinator
I will serve for a minimum of one year in the position of Target First
Class Coordinator. During that year, develop the position, which is
a new one on the Troop committee, into a continuing committee position,
providing for its' continuation [to serve the needs of Scouting and the
Troop, and abides by National BSA guidelines].
My goal in this position is to aid the patrol counsellors in having at
least %60 of the new Scouts attain the rank of first class by their
first anniversary in the Troop.
I found the Target First Class goals to be less reasonable than I had
intended. However, this Analysiswas finished with less trouble than
some of the others.
Item 5: In Troop Adult Leader Training.
I will institute a program within the Troop to train New Adult leaders
in the Troop.
My goal in this position is to have at least %80 of the new Troop
leaders attend this training, and %50 of the new Troop leaders attend
Scoutmastership Fundamentals (if available in the District) by their
first anniversary in the Troop.
This has been almost the single most difficult item on the ticket.
The training that I had planned was to cover several topics over
different weeks, to get a quick view of the BSA philosophy. An adult
version of JLT, if you will. It was to include showing the "Fast Start"
tapes, and some discussion about the Boy Scout program as opposed to the
Cub Scout program. After the third session, it was discontinued due to
the difficulty of getting the leaders to actually leave the Troop meeting
to come to the training. The ones who were coming, were not the ones who
needed the training. It was held concurrently to the Troop meeting, and
many of the new leaders were nervous about leaving only one adult with
the patrol while they went to the training. The approach essentially
The most recent attempt was to give a Merit Badge Counselor's Training
class to the Troop MBCs. This one was held in two parallel sessions:
One after the committee meeting, and the second during a Troop meeting,
to catch the ones who were unable to attend the other. The same material
was presented at both. I judge the training fairly successful. 10
adults attended between the two sessions, another attended part of one
session after a Board of Review, and two others were unable to attend
because of illness and requested informational packets. This section
would have been the last session of the original training described
As far as getting the new leaders to SMF training, I have determined
that the old proverb is absolutely true: You can lead a horse to
water, but you can't make it drink. I.e., you can provide the leader
the training opportunity, but you can't make [him] take it. In
actuality, though, I believe that %50 of the new registered leaders
have attended part, or all, of the SMF course.
Item 6: Troop Roundtable Attendance.
Roundtable attendance from my Troop has dropped significantly.
My goal is to have at least 27 attendences from the Troop leader-
ship in 24 Roundtables.
Troop RT attendance was hard to keep track of. This requirement
was met, but I waited to have it signed off until I could verify
with the RT staff the exact number of attenders. Going by logic, I
have met this req. (I have attended 21 times, I attended the Four
Peaks RT on 2 occasions, and other leaders from the troop have
attended with me on at least 6 occasions. That adds up to more
than the 27 attendances over the 2 year period.) I have yet to
locate the attendance records that were kept by one of the staff.
Or the staff member, for that matter.
Item 7: Attention to Children
My goal is to dedicate one hour a week to each of my (2) children,
where possible, over a 12 month period. If that child is agreeable
or suggests, this could include other members of the family.
If meeting Item 5 was almost the most difficult item, this one was
the most difficult one. Recording was impossible to do for either
child. My daughter was the last one to be completed on this item. It
is interesting that the last 2 hours to complete this were from her and
her mother attending an Eagle CoH with me. The time on both children
includes helping with homework, attending recitals and competitions,
going to dinner, a movie, shopping, and in one case the Renaissance
Item 8: Attention to Wife
I will have 25 "date"s with my wife over a 12 month period.
As with the kids, actually recording the date of each date was next to
impossible. Getting the dates was much easier, though.
Item 9: Self Improvement
I will read Stephen R. Covey's book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective
People", and write a short report on this book.
After taking the class, actually reading the book turned into a perfect
insomnia cure. I changed to an alternate book in the same vein, "The 10
Natural Laws of Time and Life Management". This was more easily read,
and reported on.
The biggest lesson in this has been this: Do not commit to do anything
that will depend on someone else to finish. I did that several times.
One example is in the training, another in the target first class
program. You may offer the program, but you cannot guarantee partici-
pation. Another lesson: Don't let the stars get in your eyes.
Chuck Bramlet, ASM Troop 323
Thunderbird District, Grand Canyon Council, Phoenix, Az.
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