scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Basic Training and Wood Badge
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Fri Mar 17 2000 - 09:13:12 CST
Bob, et al:
As you requested, I read all of your reply, twice, before replying.
You have a good point(s). Too many times, us Wood Badgers think we know
it all. I have an ADC who is constantly reminding me of "the way we used
to do it in California" and I, frankly, am getting tired of hearing it.
I also have a DE who is constantly ending each sentence or phrase with
"OK?" I'm thinking of putting out a cup and charge each a nickel for
each phrase, for our treat fund. There is nothing worse than having to
listen to a "know it all" who doesn't really know it all. Whether
he/she is a Wood Badge graduate or not, we never stop learning, or at
least shouldn't stop learning.
My first question to the original poster about Cub Leader Basic
training being too much like Wood Badge is: if it is that good and that
close to Wood Badge, how on earth do you get it done in one day? And how
does that Wood Badge graduate know it is that good?
Whether we keep Wood Badge a "secret" is part of the :"guided
discovery" part of Wood Badge training. If you are indeed training the
boys in the eleven leadership principles taught in Wood Badge, the more
power to you. I tried to teach one a month in each of my PLC meetings,
but was voted down by the PLC. Too boring!
Hanging around the campfire with the boys, rather than cracker barrel
will do two things: one, if you listen a lot you will learn a lot from
the boys and two, save your waist line.
I wish our Cub Leader Basic training was so good we had some Wood
Badgers jealous. I note that some councils are concerned that their
basic course is over five hours longer that the course syllabus
recommends. Wow! How great is that...or how bored are the participants?
Wood Badge is not an end-all course. It's just a good course to take.
It is not the last of one's training. I suppose I will know it all when
I die and hopefully meet up with Baden-Powell some day and get to talk
directly to him and ask him questions. When I know as much as he does,
then I will feel like I know it all. Until then, I will continue to
charge some guy five cents a fact for the knowledge he passes on, about
the way they did it in California.