Re: [Scouter_T] Woodbadge Game
- Friends, it's called "The Game of Life" for a reason.
The game is a microcosm of life - especially so in
Scouting. Giving up a little thing now for the
eventual greater good is a valuable lesson. Being
satisfied with a small win is best when everyone
shares in the win. the only total that counts is the
Yes, the staff creates distractions - just like what
happens in the real world where the 'big picture' is
hard to remember when each group is heavily focused on
their own agenda.
Have you ever had the Pack and the Troop arguing over
scheduling or access to facilities? Who loses? The
WHOLE Scouting program does when the Chartered Partner
Have you ever seen two District Committees in a hassle
about who had what date resevred? What happens? The
Program in BOTH Districts suffer. How about the Pack
or Troop that starts selling popcorn a little early so
they have an advange? Does that do the Council total
any good? Isn't it the final total sales figure that
funds everyone's program and properties?
If you had a bad experience in the game, please
remember it when very similar things happen back in
your unit / District / Council. The game is
effective even when it is not pleasant. Remember how
upset you were over such a minor thing and then don't
get furious when someone does something like it - work
together for the greatest common good.
Many other reputable outfits use the game - although
with different symbols. I first saw in in the US Army
Command and General Staff College. In industry,
Malcomb Baldrige candidates use it. Wood Badge and
BSA is lucky to have it without paying a royalty.
Read the whole syllabus. Listen to what is offered at
the Course Directors Conference. Everything in Wood
Badge is there for a reason. Wasn't the game just a
little AFTER the presentation of the four stages?
Doesn't the first week end conclude with the movie
wherein a group of boys (think Patrol) gets together,
sometimes fights among themselves, and then finally
work together for the betterment of ALL of them?
Would they have become so successful had they not
forgiven each other?
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