WB for non-Scouters
Dan O'Canna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Mon, 14 Sep 1998 14:10:42 -0400
Tim Hewitt <thewitt@FAIRCHILDSEMI.COM> said (in part):
>I have one other caution about Wood Badge training for non-Scouters.
>If we start letting people outside of Scouting take Wood Badge, are we ready
>for the time when some Council decides to open up a course to Corporate
A very different question from, "Should a GSUSA leader be allowed in a Wood
I would doubt that most Corporate types would be interested in a true
Wood Badge setting (camping and cooking their own meals). Many would not
have the necessary skills. Nor would I expect them to be motivated by
the same ideals as Scouters.
Our Council lets a former COPE director use some of the camp facilities for
short course (one or two day) team building excercises. There have been
problems with a few non-Scouting type participants not being willing to
behave in a Scout-like manner.
A course with similar content could be developed and run by Councils (or
even National) that would address the needs of corporate leaders and could
even be used as a fund raiser by a Council, I suppose. IMHO Wood Badge, as
the current sylabus is written, would not be suitable for a non-Scouting
audience. A big reason WB is such motivating experience for the participants
is that a group of dedicated Scouters are willing to live by the Scout Oath
an Law and do so for eight very challenging days. The course is as much
influenced by the participants as the staff. A few malcontents can cause
serious problems in a Wood Badge course. Mixing non-Scouters into a
WB course seems like it would be a dis-service to the Scouters taking
Girl Scout leaders would, to me, be a different matter. GS leaders would
seem to share most or all of the skills and ideals. As such they would be
much more likely to willingly and fully participate in the Wood Badge course
as it is presently conducted.
By registering with a Boy Scout troop, becoming familliar with the workings
of a Boy Scout troop, and taking Scoutmastership Fundamentals GS leaders
would fully qualify for Wood Badge.
Working a ticket and earning their beads would be a different matter.
Writing a ticket to work while working with a Boy Scout troop and
finishing that ticket would fully qualify them as Boy Scout leaders since,
of course, that is what they would be.
If the GS leader wrote and worked a ticket geared to their GS troop position
they would not qualify for a Boy Scouting award. However, I feel that
anybody dedicated enough to do all of that deserves to receive special
recognition, and special praise.
It would be similar to a story I heard attributed to Mr. Honda (yes, THAT
Mr. Honda). He was unable to sit his high school final exams due to
sickness. To receive his diploma he would be required to attend another
school term. He chose to go to work instead reasoning that he already HAD
In the end, isn't that what education is all about?
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky
"...and a good ol' Beaver, too."
SE-575, Staff SR-049, SR-144, SR-251
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City