Well its been about a week since the last post.. Gilwell called, and I answered! I got back last night from a week out on the Oregon Coast for Wood Badge W1-492-11. It was the first session of the course and my first shot at staffing Scouting’s best training course.
The Staff arrived early on Wednesday morning to set up the site and make preparations for the learners to arrive. Some great staff bonding time as well as plenty of work. It is always nice to start off a High performance team.. by passing the forming and storming phases makes getting tasks completed so much easier.
The course participants arrived on Thursday evening and were placed into their respective Dens. I am proud to note that three of the ASMs from my Troop are on the course and are now fully living the Wood Badge life!
The Troop Guides greeted the arriving participants and took them to registration and then on to their camp sites. The mood was energetic and everyone seemed ready to jump into the course! A fantastic cracker barrel followed and then it was off to their tents for a wet night on the Coast.
I don’t remember falling asleep Thursday night.. I think I just past out. I must have walked 18 miles Thursday night going back and forth from the parking lot to Gilwell Hall and then to camp sites over and over again.. but we kept a smile on the face and sang as much as I could.
The rest of the session went very well and the weather improved the closer we got to Sunday. I am the Troop Guide for the Buffalo Patrol. A great group of dedicated Scouters and some super people. I am pleased to know them and now count them as friends. They went through the staged of team development just like they should and by the time they departed on Sunday evening.. they looked and acted like a Patrol that was reaching for the stars!
Wood Badge is a Mountain top experience and many of the participants will find that in the second session! Many leave Gilwell after the first session happy and motivated to learn more. We leave them with the skills to move in the direction of the high performance team and skills that will make them better Scouters for their units, husbands and wives, and employees.
For me it was back to Gilwell. Even though I have gone through the course and worked through staff development, as I tought the Buffalo Patrol, listened to the presentations, and watched the Patrol grow and develop, I reflected on my own Wood Badge experience. I learned so much more this time, it is incredible.
This staff experience has solidified in me a true love for the Wood Badge program.
Well I am back on the grid for a week and then its back to Gilwell for the second session of W1-492-11!
Have a Great Scouting Day!