Invisible Wood Badgers?
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@DMV.COM)
Thu, 27 Aug 1998 09:59:25 -0400
Stephen Hoar wrote:
> I see a lot of the 'I used to be a ....' crowd around at the socials
> but they disappear when the work shows up. I would expect that if
> they were to really lead by example, that if actions speak louder
> than words, they would be out in front leading the group.
It's upsetting that anyone should feel this way. Obviously, I can't
disagree with Stephen's experiences, but I can say that his experience is
very different from what we have seen here in the DelMarVa Council.
I can tell you, unequivically, that every major council event is
organized, planned, and staffed, by Wood Badgers. Here in Two Bays
District, our training staff is almost completely Wood Badged trained -
both Boy Scout and Cub Scout staffs. At our District Committee meetings,
their are only two people that are not Wood Badge trained, the DE and the
The old jibe, calling someone "blister" 'cause they only show up when the
work's done, does not apply to Wood Badgers. I know from personal
experience that if I need help getting a big job done, or people to help
staff a Showando, or someone to sweep floors after a District Dinner, I
can call on fellow Wood Badgers. Their usual response, "Where and when do
you need me?"
I'm proud to say , "I used to be Bobwhite", and, as others have suggested
Stephen, you would be too. One of the most important leadership skills
taught in Wood Badge is to "Set the Example." If, as you say Stephen, the
Wood Badgers in your area aren't living up to the standard - set the
standard yourself! Get the training, then use those skills for the
benefit of the boys.
Ron Raab-Long DelMarVa
SA, Troop 903 Two Bays
Boy Scout Training Coordinator Dover, Delaware USA
Unit Commissioner Problem
Captain, Delaware OM
E-Mail:email@example.com Bobwhite, NE-IV-35
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