Re: Wood Badge reports or not?
Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Mon, 17 Nov 1997 09:47:55 -0700
The weekend before last I attend the Wood Badge Course Directors
Conference for Western Region Area 5 which was held in Colorado
Springs, and the subject of a final ticket writeup was a topic
that was discussed at some length. Some require a full written
report, others favor a workbook or outline type of report. The
Wood Badge Administration of Practical Training, the course
director's official guide, really does not specify *exactly* how
to determine when the ticket has been completed, although there
are fairly specific guidelines for the ticket itself given in
the participant's notebook.
The *official* instructions for the ticket counselor are as
Check off results. As each part of the ticket is
completed, check the results with the Scouter. Let him
or her determine success. Encourage the participant to
evaluate the results with a view to what worked and what
didn't. If success was marginal, urge him or her to
identify what could be done differently next time.
When both you and the participant are satisfied that
the ticket has been completed to the best of the
participant's ability, contact the council leadership
training chairman or Scout executive and the course
director to recommend that the application
for the training award be approved,...
That is the official part. But like many other things in
Scouting, there may be multiple ways to achieve the desired end.
I have been on Wood Badge staff 4 times, soon to be 5, and
usually work with at least two participants each time as ticket
counselor. On our council courses, we do ask participants to do
a final ticket writeup, but every participant is different,
every ticket is different, and every final report is different.
The process is VERY similar to what we expect of an Eagle Scout
candidate. The scout sets goals to achieve, shows leadership and
works to achieve that goal. Then we ask him to evaluate the
results; what worked, what didn't, what could have been done
differently, and what was learned. We ask the scout to write
this up in a written report for a final review. Is the written
report the goal, or is it the tool to EVALUATE the results?
I feel the report is a tool, and a very good tool, for
evaluation. (And isn't that one of our leadership skills?)
And I also think a nice written report can be kept and pointed
to with pride. I still have mine from ten years ago, and I have
shared it with many participants as an example.
So, Scott, I encourage you to meet with your ticket counselor
and find out what his or her expectations are. You might ask to
see their completed ticket report, or examples of completed
reports. Then use it as as a tool to evaluate your progress and
growth as a leader. If you really learn the value of this
process, you might even write yourself another ticket to
challenge yourself to continue to grow.
Congratualtions on getting this far, and keep on Scouting!
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
Council Boy Scout Training Chair
. . . I used to be an eagle, NC-155
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