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Hey everybody, I want to pick your brains on scenario going on in my crew. Our Area Venturing President, equivalent to an OA Section Chief, is a member of our crew and recently completed NAYLE this last summer. He'll be turning 18 in May and has expressed interest in the idea of attending Wood Badge. Having formerly staffed Wood Badge, I know 18 year-olds can attend Wood Badge, even if they are not registered as an adult leader in a pack, troop, or team. However, I know his parents are stand-offish to the idea of him attending Wood Badge so young. The course he would like to attend would be next fall. I'm curious about what are thoughts about "adult participants" in Venturing/Sea Scouting attending Wood Badge?
So it looks like our crew is down to One female adult participant, One make adult participant, One female youth, One male youth, Two adult males Two adult females (one more available, one less, neither wed to the males). Now there's a whole lot of glass half empty/full going on that I won't bore you with. Let's just say the above want to at least try venturing, so I'll give them the time to do just that. Typically this lot is interested in backpacking, at least all of them say they like the concept. For today's question: if one of each of the above comes on a trip, how would you arrange shelter? My answer (I think) would be "what shelter?" That is, individual minimum impact hammocks or tarps with a unisex digger hanging from a tree. Longer term, maybe rig a shower bag behind a wall tarp. But it might help me have a right attitude if I hear other suggestions.
In the recent "adult-lead troop" and other topics there's a discussion about ASMs who can't take step back from the youth management of activities. And their was a little debate about if this behavior is more likely among former scouts since their entire career had been fully engaged with the youth and now a switch needs to be flipped. Well, maybe that's why we need to move some boys into a JASM position. Maybe if they spend that last year "stepping back" and helping to do some adult tasks: possibly advising a few Eagle projects, helping the treasurer balance the books, maybe even a little promoting scouting at the district level. Maybe they'll be better prepared to serve as ASM.