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12 hours ago, 5thGenTexan said:

A Scout is Trustworthy.... but I might lie next time.  😂

That TDaP vaccine kicked my butt.  I spent the entire week feeling like I was running a fever, and couldnt make it but a few hours without a nap.  It was bad enough I scheduled a Covid test on Thursday evening that came back 'Negative".  I was sure I had something though.  I missed my orientation meeting this morning, still felt pretty weak and tired this morning.  Much better this evening, so I am hoping that is all behind me now.  

Course begins on Oct 9.

Sorry to hear you are not feeling well from the vaccination and missed the orientation.  I am sure that they will be happy to fill you in on what you missed.

Very exciting that it is less than 1 month to go.

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Just a hypothetical question....

Is the training itself worth the time if a person didn't complete the ticket part?

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For me, the training offered a little more than the ticket. I was pretty good at goal setting and project management.

The networking gained through the training pays dividends to this day.

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5 hours ago, 5thGenTexan said:

Just a hypothetical question....

Is the training itself worth the time if a person didn't complete the ticket part?

Great question!

I look at the weekends of training as having three main aspects:

  1. specific content taught in classes
  2. building a network among other like minded Scouters and staff
  3. having fun & building additional enthusiasm for Scouting

specific content taught in classes

I think this is hit or miss depending on what you know going in.  The Wood Badge material is just about entirely focused around you becoming a stronger leader in your Scouting life.  So, depending on what you know already and what your experience level is in a leadership role you may or may not pick up many new things.  I for example had been through several leadership development programs at work.  I could certainly see similarities in what I do at work vs. what I was being exposed to here.  However, I took away a lot because it was targeted at Scouting.  How to talk to parents.  How do deal with other volunteers.  etc.

I was a Scout for 5 years as a youth and a Cub Scout leader for a year before taking Wood Badge.  In the course, I also learned a lot about other parts of the program I was not familiar with - Venturing for example.

I also picked up some knowledge about more nuts and bolts stuff that I didn't know going in - planning a campfire for example.  But, I think this varies a lot depending on what you do in Scouting.

building a network among other like minded Scouters and staff

I cannot say enough how big a benefit this was for me.  I'm in a mid size council.  I met people from all over the area that I never knew before.  I went from an Asst. Cubmaster who knew people in my pack to a someone who had contacts all over the council.  That was really helpful.

Now, if you're someone who helps out around the council, then perhaps this isn't a big deal.  But if you were like me, it was a big help.

having fun & building additional enthusiasm for Scouting

This was one of my favorite parts.  In my home pack, there was always a sort of a "if we have to" feeling.  People would do things, but they were not quite rushing out to do stuff.  I found the enthusiasm for Scouting in my course was unlike anything I had in our pack.  This was a real help and encouragement to me as a volunteer.  

Disclaimer - don't skip your ticket though.  As much as I enjoyed the course, I'm even more happy that I completed my ticket.  

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On 9/18/2020 at 7:14 PM, 5thGenTexan said:

Just a hypothetical question....

Is the training itself worth the time if a person didn't complete the ticket part?

 

18 hours ago, ParkMan said:
  • building a network among other like minded Scouters and staff
  • having fun & building additional enthusiasm for Scouting

My take:

Yes it is worthwhile, even if you don't fully complete your ticket.

The "like minded Scouters" and "enthusiam for Scouting" part was very worthwhile to me.

I found it very encouraging to be among other people who were enthusiastic about the program.  And who were aiming at the goals of scouting "Citizenship, Character, . . ." with confidence in the methods of scoutings ("Patrol Method,  Ideals, etc, etc") as a means to get there.   

This was especially true for me, since it seemed that in my own unit (and in the boys' troop linked with my unit) the adults have been all pulling in different directions.  Some are interested in being an outing club in which kids get to do exciting things which someone else lines up for them to do.  Some are interested in low drag high speed advancement . . .

I am no longer in the role I was in when I attended woodbadge.  And I only completed some but not all of my ticket items - which were chosen to be appropriate to that role.    So I don't know if I'll be able to complete a ticket.  But I am still very glad I attended woodbadge.

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7 minutes ago, Treflienne said:

I am no longer in the role I was in when I attended woodbadge.  And I only completed some but not all of my ticket items - which were chosen to be appropriate to that role.    So I don't know if I'll be able to complete a ticket.  But I am still very glad I attended woodbadge.

I'd encourage you to talk with your ticket counselor.  Position changes happen all the time during Wood Badge.  I've had several people change positions while I was a ticket counselor- one even changing units.  What's important is adjusting your specific ticket items so that you can still work torwards your vision - if even in a different role

 

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