Re: Woodbadge uniforming?
Kevin Pate (kevinpate@YAHOO.COM)
Tue, 25 Aug 1998 09:26:34 -0700
> I guess my question then would be as follows: If Wood Badge is to
teach us leadership (specifically leadership of Scouts), and if we
ascribe to the theory that people will model what trainers do in a
course, then what message does it send when the boys (in this case the
course participant), are not listened to in such a decision? Is that
WB staff giving de-facto license to the participants to go and do the
same with the boys in their units?
Here is a different take. Did your course staff,
by saying one hand, and apparently accepting no
input from the participants, but doing exactly
the opposite, provide the participants with a
rather pointed demonstration of LESSON #1
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.
After all, how many of the participants who wanted
the troop to decide now see more clearly what happens
when the leaders decide it for the troop without
regard to their feelings.
just my .02
Kevin Pate firstname.lastname@example.org
Pack 271 CA, Adams Elementary, Norman, OK
Cub Roundtable Comm., Sooner District
Last Frontier Council
SR-CS-10 "burn baby burn ..... BUFFALO chips!"
Troop 248, Norman/Noble SU, Sooner Council, GSUSA
Camping Services Committee member, Sooner Council
> I should say, since I am new here, that I am a big supporter of
> Wood Badge training. I am a supporter because of the invaluable
> lessons in Leadership that it gives. However, I am also opposed to
> some of the shenanigans that go on in some courses. Wood Badge is
> not boot camp, and I fear that some members of some staffs in some
> places have that confused. The purpose is not to break the man (or
> woman) down and rebuild them into Scouts (as is the purpose of
> boot camp), it is to impart leadership skills in a SCOUTING
> My wood badge staff was outstanding! They had standards of uniforming
> for all of us, but those standards were flexible based on the needs
> of the participants. As it turned out, we all wore the same thing
> (in our case shorts in late April / early May until the staff finally
> modelled putting on long pants on the cold evenings), and we did
> so because we all thought it was important and we WANTED to, not
> because we were compelled to by a capricious, unexplained rule. I can
> think of few things that turn off a boy more than being told to do
> it "because I say so."
> Well, now that I have stood on the soap box, I'll conclude.
> Bob Costello
> Cubmaster - Pack 765 Charter Organization Rep. - Troop 775
> Westland Michigan - Detroit Area Council
> Certified Trainer - Huron Valley Girl Scout Council
> Former District Training Chair for Cub Scouts
> Staff member for Scoutmastership Fundamentals
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