scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Basic Training/wood badge/
Bob Lazell (rlazell@QED.NET
Thu Mar 16 2000 - 06:34:37 CST
Please, I ask for the courtesy of reading my complete post before you reply.
> In Alaska, we had a complaint from one Wood Badge graduate that our Basic
> Training was too much like Wood Badge,
To me, this is one of the most fascinating complaints in scouting! I can't
say that I hear it often, but, when it does I'm amazed. I think that it is
the cast-in-stone, rules-are-everything mentality at it's absolute worst.
Among the many things I read when I first became a SM was a fair amount of
wood badge materials available on the Internet. I continue to gather
information and techniques from a variety of sources (including my life,
small as it is, outside of Scouting) to use in my troop for the benefit of
the boys. For example, I teach the 11 leadership skills in my troop
leadership training. Why anyone would think this is wrong is beyond me.
I think that it is this "secret society" aspect of wood badge, that
engenders some of the anti-wood badge sentiment mentioned elsewhere on this
list today. I for one am not a wood badger, and, unless my life slows
considerably ( all aspects of my life, scouts, family, friends, work) I will
not choose to take wood badge training anytime soon. There is also a
socially exclusive club-like aspect to it, that frankly, can be more than a
bit off-putting. I for one, don't happen to socialize with scouters at all
outside of scouting events, and, even at scout functions I am one of those
SMs that will be hanging around the campfire with the boys rather than at a
cracker barrel. But I am far from a "lone-wolf" and learn quite a bit from
my contact with other scouters. So, let me emphasize here that I am NOT
opposed to wood badge or any training. I believe that wood badge and the
scouters it has trained has added immeasurably to the quality of scouting
today. But, like anything, it is not for everybody and we must recognize
that wood badge is not certification that anyone "gets it" any better than
anyone else in scouting. We have all met woodbadgers (and SMs, scout execs.
etc.) who haven't a clue how to deal with boys and apply their training.
So fellow Scouters, I may never be a woodbadger, and you may never be a SM,
but we can still learn from each other without claiming to have cornered the
market on scouting knowledge.
SM Troop 127
Valley Cottage, NY