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  1. Cyclops, Hopefully I caveated things enough to get my meaning across! I think there are some specific circumstances under which taking WB could be a good choice for some people. I want BSA to change WB from a discrete course to a modular training scheme like the UK Scouts (a different thread I started yesterday)--perhaps with a weekend WB capstone course. If WB can really make a difference, we need to figure out a way everyone can do it. If most don't take it, what difference does it make to most Scouts, and why do we invest more heavily in it than any other locally-administered course?
  2. My overall premise is that someone who has already had corporate-style leadership training in the private sector or the military (really, many other governmental setting could apply) will gain very little from this part of the syllabus. It is acknowledged in WB literature that WB aspires to deliver leadership training of the sort presented by corporations and government agencies. Before attending WB myself, I had representatives from WB staffs in two different councils tell me that WB was the equivalent of this type of training--"just like you'd get for thousands of $$$ if you worked for XYZ
  3. I am a lifelong Scout and Scouter, and it is painful to see a movement that I so deeply love and believe in miss the mark as widely as it does with Wood Badge. Wood Badge has the potential to drive a more consistently high-quality program for many more kids. To do so requires a pretty radical re-imagination of what Wood Badge means. I would like to see a training approach markedly different from that taken by BSA for the current program. I quickly sketch out a few problems I see with the current approach, then suggest a different approach for consideration and discussion. A few
  4. Although I related a negative experience at WB surrounding this game, I *would* recommend WB for certain people and for particular reasons: Relatively new or inexperienced Scouters can gain an appreciation of the different parts of the BSA and establish networking and mentor contacts. Those who were not experienced Boy Scouts--and are or will be Boy Scout leaders--may benefit from the quasi-patrol method approach via the organization scheme for the WB students. Those who do not have team leadership experience and training in the corporate world or the Armed Forces may gain knowledge in
  5. The concept and execution of this game saddened and upset me when I commenced WB about a year ago. The same holds true today. In fact it makes me think we need to completely reconsider the purpose of WB, although I will comment principally on the game that is this thread's intended topic. For background: I am approaching 30 total years of youth and adult Scout service, completed Sea Badge 20 years ago, and recently retired from the military. So this is not my first rodeo. Regarding the game: I think it is not worth the risk to administer what amounts to a psychological experimen
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