scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Basic Training and Wood Badge
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr (hammonddL@USWEST.NET
Sun Mar 19 2000 - 15:32:24 CST
You're on track with your comments, but I believe the Basic
Training he was asking about was Boy Scout Basic a.k.a.
SMF. Otherwise it would be nearly impossible to get a 5.5
hour variance on course length. And I could see how a
zealous training staff could almost turn Boy Scout Basic
into a quasi-Wood Badge course without trying very hard.
I do agree with your comments of "the way we used to do it
in California." I occasionally catch myself doing the "when
I was in Wisconsin..." version of that. I guess it's like
we say in the service, "The best place you were ever
stationed is the one you just came from; the worst place is
where you're stationed now."
I also agree that Wood Badge is not the end-all of
training. It is a very rewarding training experience, but
we all have more to learn every day.
Yours in ScOUTing,
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr.
CM Pack 225 and Black Hills District Committee
I used to be an Owl (W-CS-44) Working my Ticket
I have come to realize that there are two types of adults
involved in Scouts!
Those that act...
And those who find all the time in the world to drop off
their Scout for a meeting or camp!
Bob, et al:
As you requested, I read all of your reply, twice,
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
My first question to the original poster about Cub
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
discovery" part of Wood Badge training. <snip>
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.
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
charge some guy five cents a fact for the knowledge he
passes on, about
the way they did it in California.