Re: Woodbadge uniforming?
Warren Williams (ww@NETDOOR.COM)
Thu, 27 Aug 1998 10:14:27 -0500
I've been sitting on the sidelines watching (with mild interest) the
debate on uniforming at Wood Badge courses. But you've touched a
nerve. I don't take offense to it, but I do want to comment; I'll try
to be brief:
Unfortunately, you make some very broad generalizations. You assume
that the people you describe are a representative sample of everyone
who attends Wood Badge. I can assure you that isn't the case.
There are many of us who completed Wood Badge and found it extremely
helpful in our Scouting positions. I agree with you that "leadership
by example" is _extremely_ important, and I can assure you that, at
least in my experience, many of us on the "front lines" are beavers,
bobwhites, eagles, foxes, staffers, and so on...
What we don't do is wear our Wood Badge experience like a walking
billboard. I wear my beads when I'm in _full_ uniform, and I
occasionally wear the neckerchief and woggle on formal occasions.
That's it. No belt buckle, no special hats, dangles, or patches, I
don't wear my "Troop 1" uniform unless I'm _at_ at Wood Badge course
activity, and I don't wear a "Wood Badge" t-shirt at every work
activity. I wear the troop uniform or the uniform appropriate to the
I don't think the people you describe are representative of what Wood
Badge can produce. I'm sorry that they have had so great an influence
on your opinion of the course.
Perhaps I'm lucky; my Scoutmaster was Wood Badge trained, and I've
just tried to follow his example :)
Yours in Scouting
Warren Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
quietly working my ticket since 1984.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City