WB for non-ScoutersSCOUTS-L Digest - 13 Sep 1998 to 14 Sep 1998
Tim Hewitt (thewitt@FAIRCHILDSEMI.COM)
Tue, 15 Sep 1998 07:49:19 -0500
"Dr. Mike Janning" <DrMikeJ@AOL.COM> wrote:
> While I agree that non-Scouters should not be mixed in with Scouters for Wood
> Badge courses, I feel that Scouting could develop a non-Scouter=92s Wood Badge
> course, a la Outward Bound=AE. It could, indeed, become a great fund-raiser for
> many councils. However, another thought arises. It could also be a useful
> tool in recruiting leadership! Perhaps not on a unit level, but almost
> certainly on the District or Council level.
I fully expect to see the BSA do this at some point. The increasingly high
costs of running a fully professionally staffed Council and camp program will
force more and more big-money findraising to happen - otherwise boys will be
paying "council dues" each year and the Boy Scouts will be an elitist program.
Our council is talking about building a new multi-million dollar service
center. The money for this is not going to come from selling popcorn...
> As far as giving Wood Badge training to Girl Scout leaders, I would go along
> whole-heartedly. I would look at their basic leadership training, and, if it
> was the equivalent of Scout Leader Basic, I would not require that they take
> ours. The tenure requirement would be the same. The ticket could be adapted
> to their needs as well. AND, down the line, this could lead to the fusion of
> the two movements.
And to the death of both.
> There are those out there who would fight me tooth and nail on both points;
> but to them I say: Grow up, and recognize that we are moving into a whole New
> World . This will be a world in which we can, and must, take an active role;
> or be left behind, hidebound in the trappings of "tradition."
The day when these programs merge will be the day I leave Boy Scouts and put
my volunteer time into something else.
I may need to "grow up" as you say, but I believe that many traditions are
worth holding onto, and the Boy Scouts is one of those traditions.
Tim Hewitt, Scoutmaster
Troop 350, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
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