scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Excuse me, but...
Ed Thompson (thompson@VAX2.WINONA.MSUS.EDU
Thu Mar 16 2000 - 12:09:31 CST
At 09:02 AM 3/15/00 -0800, Jim Beyer wrote:
>You should also be aware that there is a deep stain of
>anti-woodbadge lunacy among some here and in the councils.
>I mean how dare woodbadgers act like they know something?
>Just because Lord Baden-Powell started the training and
>they have countless hours into their beads they might have
At the risk of opening up old wounds: long-timers on this list will remember
a very extensive discussion a year or so ago of how the BEHAVIOR of some
woodbadgers is often a problem, not their knowledge. Things which were
brought up included arrogance and name-calling when dealing with
less-trained scouters, using other people's equipment and facilities at
shared camps without asking (including minor theft of things like firewood
and soap), disrupting meals, flag ceremonies, and classes by walking in late
and loudly, refusal to follow instructions of camp staff, and disrupting
training meetings with "good-old-boy" arguements about
woggles/beads/staffs/songs etc. While only a small number of WBers are the
problem, it has apparently happened often enough to give the whole group a
bad name in many councils. Many WBers on the list agreed that this behavior
was indeed a particular problem in Wood Badge, and two of them said they no
longer identify themselves as Wood Badgers because of the poor behavior of
Pack 6 and Troop 6
Ed W. Thompson Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Director of Cytotechnology
Winona State University