Way to resuscitate a thread. Good topic, tho.
"It's for the kids". Absolutely. "One of my most memorable (insert activity here) was with (insert Scout name here)." Absolutely. That's why we do what we do, some of our threads not withstanding.
And so I have experience. One of the things WB is supposed to teach is the idea of "leaving a legacy". Look to my previous post , the "leaving a wake " nautical metaphor.
Yes, I can have a salutatory affect on some boys, that's what I remember from my days as a Scout, the men (and women)(Dad and Mom, too) that set examples, gave me standards, applauded my successes and helped me correct my mistakes. That is one of the things I seek to do in my time as an Adult Scouter.
But what about that legacy thing? How far can I spread that? I do a lot of Adult Training. I help with the Cub Leader Specific, IOLS, and Round Table., among some others. I get thank yous, and see the "aha" moments. I see I am doing something right. Maybe, just maybe, some of me goes into the Scouting that the WBer gets from me , from the IOLS course I help with. "Oh, so THAT'S how you do/respond to/manage that", and that little part of me is passed on to a Scout waaaaay over there, not only just here in the neighborhood.
Look at the conversations we have here. How many of them are about successes? How many about events and incidents that should not need to be discussed here "if only" the folks involved had been "TRAINED" in the Scout Way... ?
Are all WB/IOLS/CSLS/NAYLE courses the same ? Well, theoretically, yes. They all utilize the same curriculum, but "the work is done by whoever shows up". Some courses and training turn out to be superior to others. "Hey, you gotta sign up for Xxx Y's course! He's great !" All Scouting is local, despite what Irving may say, after all.
"If I am doing something right, tell my boss. If I am doing something wrong, please tell me."
See you on the trail.