Re: More background on "Woodbadge uniforming?"
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Mon, 24 Aug 1998 14:51:10 -0400
> From: Branden Morris <morris@NET1PLUS.COM>
> Date: Monday, August 24, 1998 12:39 PM
> Some may think that the uniforming bit is inconsequential. And you're
> mostly right. In the end, I and others will wear what we're asked to,
> if it is two pairs of long pants I need to hem (argh! more sewing) and
> won't wear again, and grin and bear it. A Scout is Obedient; he seeks to
> have laws changed in a fair way, but doesn't disobey. I am trying,
> to have what I consider an unfair (and in many ways inconsistent) rule
> changed the proper way.
Actually, as I emailed to Branden, it would not be the learners who were
being disobedient by wearing shorts, but rather it is the staff which is
being disobedient by ignoring the national policy with regard to this
issue as contained in the staff manual.
> What is even more worrying, though, is the fact that the staff seemingly
> isn't following their own manuals, and isn't setting the ideal example
> which we've been told they would. I can't imagine this kind of attitude
> working in a unit of boys.
So, a staff that had already decided that the "course uniform" (even
though there is no such thing) would be long pants arrived at the
pre-course weekend wearing other than that uniform? Thus they were all
out of uniform at the meeting where they tried to tell the learners what
the uniform would be? And you are worried about ignoring their
instructions and following the policy instead? Why?
Now let's see, how many of the competencies does this staff need
reeducation in? Setting the Example, Communicating, Sharing Leadership,
Counseling? Any others? Why would ANYONE subject themselves to a
training course where the staff, quite obviously, hasn't got a clue about
the very things they are supposed to train?
(BTW: Thank you, Branden, for convincing me that my attitude about WB,
its staff, and their attitudes are not merely the result of the WB
staffers in this particular location, and that the problem is endemic.)
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City