Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: What's new at National?
What's new at National?
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 21:27:31 PST
To the List -
I have just returned from our every other year Council Wood Badge
Reunion Dinner. It was a nice evening of Wood Badge fellowship.
The keynote speaker was John Alline of the Training Division at
National. He talked about changes coming down the pike, such as: The
Troop Committee syllabus should be out in August. The BS Wood Badge
syllabus will be revised in the next 2 to 3 years, although he assured
the group that they know they have a good thing and they will not mess
it up. Because of the changes in the lower ranks regarding swimming
skills, the swimming merit badge will be revamped, probably before the
end of the year. The new Boy Scout handbook has been well received. He
discussed the AOL requirement change. A new TTT course is being
written. Nationwide, the eagle percentage has risen from 2% to 4%.
At the end of his prepared speech, he had a Q & A session. I waited
through all the other questions for someone else to speak up--no one
did. Just as he thought he was finished, I couldn't stand it any
longer, so I asked, "Is there any truth to the rumor that Cub Scout
Trainer Wood Badge is being discontinued?" He left the podium to
retrieve his notebook so he could present the official prepared
statement, then decided he didn't need it. In short the answer is,
"Yes." Reasons given -
l. They have studied the effects of having Wood Badge trainers working
in the Cub program and determined that it does not result in more
trained Cub leaders.
2. They have had trouble filling courses.
Implementation schedule? The courses to be held this summer (1999) will
be the final CSTWB courses.
My personal reaction is what a pity!!!!!!!!!!!
The first comment at my table was, "It's time for a letter writing
campaign!" We have been told many times lately on this list that
National DOES listen--so, what do you think?
. . .and a good ole' Bobwhite, too. . .
and PROUD to have been a part of NC-CS-10
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