Wood Badge Training
Donald Dillon (DILLOND@ATL.A1GATE.NEDLLOYD.NL)
Mon, 28 Apr 1997 21:04:47 +0200
From: NAME: Donald H. Dillon
TEL: 1-770-951-3675 <DILLOND@A1@ATL>
Hello Scouts-L members,
One week has passed since the last weekend of my Wood Badge course 92-36. In
that week I have been away from my computer and Scouts-L (talk about
withdrawals). However I have had alot of time to reflect on what we were
taught, and what we discovered about ourselves over the previous 3 weekends.
I was slightly amused to read the postings about WB wrecking the troops, and
unrealistic tickets being set, and the other assorted issues about WB that have
surfaced in the past 10 days. Please no flames about my choice of amused, just
finally something I feel qualified to speak about. My own troop has spent 3
years reorganizing because of a group of gung-ho WB's and OA's not seeing
eye-to-eye with the rest of the Scouting family in my COR.
I would like to share with you (in brief) the final learning session that our
Scoutmaster had for us. Among other topics "Not overwhelming your units" was
covered. An Ashanti saying that B-P was known to have picked up on is
especially applicable with ticket working critters, "softly,softly catchee
monkey...". We were taught not to go back and drop everything on the Patrol
Leader's council, but rather to develop tickets that could be spread out over
the year. Many troops have 1-2 or more leaders going through WB at a time. my
troop had 2 this course. For multiple leaders to come back and try to knock out
complete tickets in 6 months to a year is very overwhelming, and can breed
hostility, especially if the tickets are not coordinated. I feel comfortable
that my ticket compliments Pat's (the other participant from my troop). Both of
our tickets can be accomplished without overlap and have time spans built in
that will prolong the impact on and in our troop.
I will not post details of my ticket here, but it focuses on;
my skills as a communicator
making myself a better resource for other adult leaders to approach
setting the example for the youth and adults of scouting.
Tonight I begin work on several items, and this weekend I work on another. As
far as the impact on the troop...They will not notice until I am done. Later on
the items will be more demanding for the troop, but it will be presented to
them, and their buy-in will be developed before I actually begin the
implementation of the ticket item.
In summary-Several people on the list were instrumental in my decision to attend
WB. If it had been up to my troop leadership I would not have gone. Now that I
have gone, I will strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in helping
make a stronger troop, and learning more about yourself. Besides the time,
cost, and basic stress be prepared for some intense soul-searching. My patrol
experience went from being nearly at blows with each other to becoming a very
closeknit group of adults, who can now probably handle almost anything Scouting
were to throw at us.
I am very glad that I went to Wood Badge, and I sincerely hope that my working
on my ticket will have nothing but positive influence on my unit, the youth, and
other adult leaders in my area. Many thanks to Whit Smith (the evil scarve
wearing Medicrin), Dan O' Canna, and of course Mike Walton for their
communications urging me to attend WB.
Thanks for listening.
A ticket working Outrageous OWL of 92-36
(not a nocturnal Woodpecker despite what the insomniac staff says)
Atlanta Area Council
p.s. I actually saw a hilarious skit at campfire, that I had not seen before.
No one in the patrol had seen it either,
Bandanna folding 101
instructor facing crowd, line of trainess behind him.
Instructor says take your bandanna, fold in half, fold in half, turn over...fold
in half, etc...put in your pocket.
Tenderfoot pete on one end is doing a bananna (key is a zip lock baggie in the
pocket so that folded 'bandanna' can be put in the pocket)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City