Posted 13 December 2002 - 02:33 AM
Good questions. WB is like many other things that require personal effort...you get out of it what you put into it. And, what you put in is mostly intangible, and therefore, what get out is also mostly intangible. My WB course was a little different from most, in that we did the whole thing straight through in a long week, rather than break it up over two weekends (had to -- it was in Okinawa and most of us had to fly there). That made some of us homebody moms and dads missing the families and wanting to get out of there, but it certainly didn't detract from the experience.
Very little program administration stuff; you should have gotten that in SM fundamentals. Ditto for outdoor skills; you're expected to know that when you show up. It's not a camping school; that's what National Camping School is for.
It's all about human dynamics, and they're very clever about how you get the message. You probably won't find anyone who will knowingly lay it all out on the table for you ahead of time. It would be like someone telling you the ending of the movie you just paid 8 bucks to see.
By all means, if you have a chance to go, do it. You'll have a good time up front, but your units will benefit for the rest of the time you're a Scouter...a fair return on investment.