scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Excuse me, but...
Sat Mar 18 2000 - 11:54:25 CST
<< Okay then, what is the difference in thinking you know it all, and,
only Wood Badge allows one to know what Baden-Powell intended for Scouting
to be all about?
I think it wise to point out here that those of us, world wide who wear the
beads, have not necessarily taken the same Wood Badge Course, and most
assuredly, it is not, in the United States at least, the course that
"Baden-Powell intended." In the United States most of us have taken the BSA
course. A few old timers may have taken the course that was given by the
Chief Scout of Gilwell back in the early 40's (I recall), but most have taken
the courses that followed and they were and continue to be BSA courses.
Wearing beads merely means that we are all in the brotherhood of those who
have taken the most advanced Scout Leader training available in our country.
It does not mean that BP hand has been on our shoulder. It is true that (as
far as I can tell) all countries evoke his image in Wood Badge training. But
I would suspect that that image is about all that you can say is uniform
across the world.
Just a thought, from a guy with, after all, only two beads.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Troop 156, Glenview, IL