scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Excuse me, but...
Carol A. Breuer (eagle@VERINET.COM
Thu Mar 16 2000 - 11:17:34 CST
It is unfortunate that Wood Badge has gotten a bad image in some areas,
because it can be a very valuable training experience.
Yes, Wood Badgers can be over-enthusiastic about their course, and the
critter stuff seems silly to others. They can seem cliqueish (sp?, or
is it the bonds of friendship forged in a shared experience? Do they
really think they know it all, or is it that they have caught a glimpse
of what Baden-Powell intended for Scouting to be about?
I attended Wood Badge as a participant in 1985, and it was a revelation
to me on many aspects of the Scouting program. I returned in 1991 to be
on staff, and discovered I had missed a lot as a participant. Presently
I am preparing for my sixth tour on staff, and looking forward to the
day that I will be the course director myself.
Wood Badgers are far from perfect Scouters; we have our faults just like
everyone else. On every course there are some come away with a better
understand of leadership and of the Scouting program, and there are some
who don't get much of anything, and the others range between.
Wood Badge IS a training course, not some secret organization. And like
every other training course in Scouting it is conducted by volunteers.
Although there is real effort to make the course the same in Colorado as
it is in New York or in California, staffers are human being and
imperfect just like everyone else.
I have no idea how many hours I have spent preparing presentations,
working on various projects, and helping other staffers to make our Wood
Badges courses successful. It is all worthwhile when I see a Wood Badge
trained Scouter working in a troop to deliver a better program to their
Wood Badge is about the youth in our program and helping them get the
best from Scouting.
SM, Troop 12
Fort Collins, CO
. . . I used to be an eagle, NC-155
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.