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What was the best thing you learned from Wood Badge?


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#1 Bob White

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Posted 10 March 2002 - 12:14 AM

For me it was how to lead by asking questions rather than giving orders. Bob
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#2 ScouterPaul

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Posted 10 March 2002 - 12:31 PM

Bob White Are you a Bobwhite? I used to be an Owl....... I've only been through the first weekend of training. I'll let you know when I finish with the second. So far I would have to say that understanding how teams behave and why.
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#3 Bob White

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Posted 10 March 2002 - 01:08 PM

Yes, I used to be a Bob White and a good 'ol Bob White to... I would love to hear your evaluation. I was fortunate enough to be one of the contributing authors to the new Wood Badge. I hope you find it to be a mountain top experience. Bob
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Posted 10 March 2002 - 03:12 PM

I'm a talon you, I'm an Eagle! The best thing .... hmmm ..... I loved the whole experience! The best thing was finding what each patrol member's strength was & using it to make our patrol better. Ed Mori Scoutmaster Troop 1 I used to be an Eagle ....................
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#5 agreen1024

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Posted 21 March 2002 - 12:55 AM

I was a Bear in the last woodbadge of our council to use the old syllabus. I did not know what to expect when I got there. I thought it would be a bunch of lectures on leadership and the like. I loved the way we had to function as a unit. My son's troop did not really understand the patrol method. I saw an ideal of how it was to work. That was better than all the lecture and study I could have done. It did forge a bond amoung our patrol. Our leaders did a good job of mixing the different personalities and talants amoung our group. I thought it was seer brilliance to put us under the time pressures we had, to teach us how to empathise with the boys who are dealing with a bunch of jobs and responsibilities that are new to them. I dont know if they have revamped the leadership training part of it, but that was about what I expected, having been through other professional courses on leader training. I would like to take the new course, but am told the only way is to be part of the staff of a future woodbadge. That I am going to have to look into.
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#6 LongHaul

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Posted 29 March 2002 - 08:24 PM

WAS A BEAR?? Being a Bear is like being a Marine..ain't no such thing as was. Bears in my neck of the woods tend to be noisy and irritating. It comes from being first. I mean just look in the Bible, the original Bible. What's the first word "Bere **** " We predate dates. The best thing I learned was the names and faces of my course mates. RESOURCES
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Posted 29 March 2002 - 08:30 PM

I see the system has censored my Bibical quote. Also the edit function still has bugs. The word in quotes is one word and the stars represent the "S" word. We are also a little messy(when not in the woods)
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#8 ScouterPaul

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Posted 29 March 2002 - 09:51 PM

I thought that once I finsihed the second weekend of my Wood Badge experience I would be able to provide the answer to your question. However, I can't. How can I choose over the following: communication, coaching and mentoring, problem solving, managing conflict all within the Scouting framework. I do know that I've developed a bond that goes deeper than any I've acquired since college with my five fellow Owls. I truly believe that the new Wood Badge has provided me with a life changing experience. I can not compare with the old course but I can't say enough about the new one. I know that I will work as hard as I can to leave a legacy!
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Posted 30 March 2002 - 11:12 AM

I am in the middle of Wood badge now. I used to be a Buffalo...... In my professional career as a Firefighter/Rescue capt.. I have attended a number of leadership cources and the past 10 years have brought an oppertunity to share the knowledge and experence of leadership into a learning envronment. Wood Badge for the 21th has added to my knowledge and more importantly attitude about being a leader. I am blessed with having a Pack with humble leaders, but have heard of those who are not "so humble" WB has built an inter desire to share by example, rather than by telling.. to me, this was the best part of the course. Rick
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Posted 30 March 2002 - 05:53 PM

Had to think long and hard about this. The most important thing I learned in Woodbadge was what it's like to be a kid in a troop. As adults we tend to forget what it is like. We tend to expect them to do things with little or no info and then we don't understand why they failed. Woodbadge let's you look at the situation from the other side, or at least it did. I'm not familiar with the new course yet. Second best thing I learned was the importance of ceremony. Anyone that had the Woodbadge experience knows what I mean. The closing ceremony brings out great feelings among patrol members. I'll always be an Owl!
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Posted 31 March 2002 - 09:44 PM

eman when you say "We tend to expect them to do things with little or no info and then we don't understand why they failed. Woodbadge let's you look at the situation from the other side" How did Woodbadge show you this? By example?
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Posted 03 April 2002 - 10:46 PM

I am a BEAR in the first group to take the so call "New Wood Badge" in the USA. Just to let the old badgers know I only had six hours of sleep the first weekend and the course is AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!:)!! Now on to the outdoor part no sleep and I'm going to work my ticket if I can.
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#13 jmcquillan

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Posted 05 April 2002 - 10:04 AM

The best thing? Well, that would probably be the method the course uses to organize most everything you already know in little bits and pieces, and presenting it to you in one clear and concise order for you to use. Most of what WB teaches is, for many, stuff they already know, but have never put it all together in a fashion that they can consciuosly use. There's a lot of common sense, a lot of what you might have picked up in the military or high school and college sports, a lot of what you might have picked up as "street smarts" along the way, and, of course, everything Scouting. Outside of the WB format, few of us have ever been exposed to something that takes all of that, and puts it together in presentation and on paper, in an order that makes sense, and is user friendly. I remember saying to myself many times when I took the course many moons ago...."Hey, I knew that already. But...it makes more sense when put together with this or that." The understanding and order the course put to everything I already knew, but didn't realize I knew, and the new information provided also, was probably the best part about WB for me.
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#14 KoreaScouter

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Posted 07 May 2002 - 04:05 AM

Best thing: That it enabled me to realize a dream of most people: the ability to travel backward and forward in time -- seeing the world as a 12-year old boy again, then as an adult once again. As others mentioned, the 7 Habits stuff was mostly a review, but the practical experience was a "Peter being smitten on the road to Damascus"-level event. I recommend it to all without hesitation if given an opportunity to attend. "I used to be a Buffalo, and a good ole Buffalo too..."
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Posted 05 June 2002 - 12:38 PM

I just finished Woodbadge training and now into my tickets. I was hesitating to go to this training for two reasons, but afterward, they do not matter at all. I would like to share it here and encourage more scouters to go. 1. I wonder why bother another training, especially my son is an Eagle Scout already. Actually, Woodbadge serves as a place to review what we know as leader (or be led), and put into practice. For me, it applies to my job and daily life as well, not just for scouting. 2. Why Woodbadge in bilingual? The patrol is by Chinese and English speaking in Western Region 3 for the first time. Chinese was used only in patrol discussion. It turned out the English-only scouters were not offended and we all learned a few songs (scout or folk song) in other language. The success can be measured by the tear from each person at the closing ceremony. Again, I would like to say that I'm using what I learned (or refreshed) from the course daily beyond scouting. Just go, I wish I went earlier.
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Posted 09 June 2002 - 11:11 PM

I went to Cub Trainer Wood Badge and Boy Scout Wood Badge, both week long courses. I used to be a FOX. I am on staff for the council's Wood Badge for the 21st Century in August and September. Just being on Staff I have learned a lot. I find myself dealing with the youth on a more even keel. I know this sounds funny, I've been a leader for 13 years, and thought that Boy Scout Wood Badge taught me alot, but I was wrong. I think anyone who has the chance to be on staff, should, or if not, take the new course. It will help you deal with the youth in your unit in a whole new way.
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Posted 16 June 2002 - 05:47 PM

The best thing I learned from WB was that I work well with others. WB also gave me confidence about myself. We had a great patrol, though there were some bugs to be worked out, for certain. WB taught me my strengths and weaknesses, some of which were surprises! A few pleasant surprises at that. By the way, my kids know the "Gilwell" song by heart! I just break out with that song all the time, and it's been two years since I took WB! Thanks for asking! Bear (and a good ol' Bear, too)
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#18 BubbaBear

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Posted 25 July 2002 - 07:12 AM

The best thing about Woodbadge for me was that I got a new commitment to the concept of Boy Scouting. Also, it gave me the opportunity to work with six other people in demonstrating how cooperation with totally unfamiliar people can lead to success. By the way, if Baden Powell actually had a favorite patrol, he surely would have changed his mind seeing the Bears of SE326:)
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Posted 12 September 2002 - 05:33 PM

As a participant, I found there was a feeling of togetherness and spirit of scouting I had not experienced in the decades of experience I had as a boy and adult. As a staff member, I found there are scouters there who are 'political' and don't do their jobs. Course participants made several commnents about the slacker's lack of participation. When confronted, the staff circled the wagons and came to his defence. Eventually he got his ticket punched, became a Course Director and is not active any longer. By the way, it's still a 'good old boys' club with a select membership. One scouter has moved thier membership to a neighboring council and has been on the staff of several courses at other counciils.
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#20 johnsned

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Posted 30 September 2002 - 02:45 PM

We teach infant children to speak by repetition, by encouragement, they soon realize the noises I make make Mommy and Daddy very happy, they pick me up and hug me, they laugh. Communication is a huge accomplishment met with tons of praise. Under the constant assault of I want and what is that and the infamous why, when talking is an everyday occurrence, many parents treat communication as a annoyance or nuisance. And what was met with praise and attention is now met with Dont bother me now, or the familiar wait a minute which translated means, please go a way and I hope the forget to come back. Is it any wonder that adolescents dont communicate well? Or when we solicit their opinions or ideas they dont want share them? I think Wood Badge showed me the need to break some very bad habits, and taught me that if I want the boys to feel I value their opinion I need to work on their trust, I need to help them overcome the impression that they are really a nuisance to me and other adults, that I must be consistent in that effort and like I got my boys to talk when they were infants, praise and encouragement, help and support, but let them talk. They know when we dont care, but it is hard form them to believe it when we do.
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