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What's the value of Wood Badge???

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John-in KC, good to see you around again.   Ideally, WB is supposed to MODEL the Patrol Method (did BP really use that term?). 

As a Scout Leader and Sub Teacher I continue to be surprised and disappointed when I see kids that have to be practically knocked up side the head to work together and plan and make decisions AS A PATROL.....   Most of our kids seem to be unable to think for themselves in the lower and middle grades. They have been so browbeat into WAITING for instruction, to be told what to do....  The idea of a Scout deciding , with his/her buds to go somewhere, do something as a team is foreign to them.  

WB should, if it doesn't usually, encourage the adult leader to permit the Scout to think and make mistakes (and deal with the results) themselves.  


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