Back to Gilwell
Wade Brown (wbrown@COREL.COM)
Wed, 1 Apr 1998 11:52:29 -0700
I just got back from WoodBadge this past Saturday night, the first group in
the world to do the new standard 6 day course. I had the most fantastic
time and wasn't ready to leave. I could have stayed for many more days and
was very sad when the time came to leave.
While there, and singing "Back to Gilwell" several times a day, it dawned on
me that the words to the song don't represent its singers and the WoodBadge
course like they could.
For example, the song uses the words "I used to be a [Beaver]." It is my
understanding that I will always be a member of the Beaver Patrol from now
on. Saying over and over that I USED to be a Beaver, eats away at my sense
of belonging. The song also claims that "I can [Beaver] NO more." Not
true!!! I can beaver LOTS more and am looking forward to it. One more
example: "I'll work my ticket IF I can." What's this IF stuff? "IF" leaves
room for doubt and doesn't give that positive feeling and determination that
I "WILL" work my ticket.
I know the song is sacred to many and I don't mean to offend anyone. If I
have, check your Bill of No Rights. The song is important to me, but I just
wonder if the following words would better represent WoodBadge and all it
stands for, as well as the participants, making it more meaningful for all:
I am a Beaver, and a good old Beaver too,
I became a Beaver, and a good old Beaver too,
I'll never finish Beavering, I'm learning just what to do.
I'm growing old and feeble, but I can beaver more,
So I'm going to work my ticket, Yes I am.
Back to Gilwell, happy land
I'm going to work my ticket, Yes I am.
I shared this with some of the staffers and they like the change, having
wondered some of the same things themselves. Only one staffer gave me the
impression that I had committed an unpardonable sin. They are small changes
and I wonder if the "powers that be" would consider updating the song?
Probably not, Tradition, Tradition! and they'll be busy making new uniforms
anyway. ;) Just had to share my thoughts though--change CAN be good.
I wonder why the author ever used the phrase "I USED to be ..." anyway?
PS. I know you're all against the change, and only because you'd have to
change your signatures that I never fully understood until now! ;) <grin>
No flames please, I'm tenderhearted.
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