Re: Gilwell WoodBadge Regalia -Reply
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sun, 1 Jun 1997 18:57:29 +0100
Here in UK the way Wood Badge is organised is <very> different ...
firstly all Leaders are <required> to complete it ... the requirements
are, very briefly, a district-level introduction to your role, general
policies, health and safety etc. then two courses, one which looks at
whole program from six to twenty, leaderships skills and styles, Scouting
values, child development etc., and another course which is geared to the
specific " section " i.e. Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts or Venture
Scouts. There are several small " projects " to do as you go through
each stage, then finally the " in-service " element which includes a
continuing learning commitment, a bit like the ' ticket " but which
is also requires a commitment to <continuous> updating, not assessed but
as a matter of honour.
Staff are not chosen for a course per se, and there is not the dry run "
staff development week " as in BSA. Nor are there troop style positions
such AS SM, ASM, P/L etc. Each Course has a Course Director, Presenters
( who teach skills or theory sessions ) and Facilitators ( like patrol
counselors / coaches ) The training for each staff role is fairly
lengthy. I have just gained my Presenter certification, and am still
building up the portfolio for my facilitator assessment.
I did the preliminary trainer training, which is like an expanded version
of BSA's Train the Trainer but over eight days, followed by a
portfolio of training experience in which I had to log all the trasining
I had done. training or counseling outside Scouting counts, the idea is
to build up personal competence and demonstrate this in a " portfolio " -
a record of lesson plans, self-assessment, appraisal by students, course
directors etc. This can take two to five years or more, depending upon
experience and opportunity.
The point is that under this system whilst trainers have to be certified
for each role or function, there is no longer a position of Leader
Trainer or Assistant Leader Trainer, the old three- and four-bead
appointments. The <only> Wood Badges in UK are two-beads, apart from
the Director of Leader Training, a six-beader.
Incidentally, there is not the emphasis on patrols either ... although
training uses the Six (den) or Patrol method for Cub Scout and Scout courses,
because the courses are spread over time and parts are combined with
other sections it is not like having a " Wood Badge Patrol " for the
duration ... rather the Tutor Groups are different for each course
... so I did Cub Scout and Commissioner Wood Badges without ever being
any sort of " critter " , whgich confuses my BSA friends. I did a Scout /
Venture Scout couse at Gilwell, and again we were in tutor group ... I
think I was in Tutor Group Seven, but the number was mainly for sake
of " administrative convenience. "
I did a BSA Wood Badge ( my fourth course) in 1990 at Philmont, and that
was the first time I could say I " used to be a " anything ...
Trainer/District Committee, Channel District, Transatlantic Council BSA
Special Needs Adviser, Greenwich District Scout Council, London UK
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