I am still coming down, if ever from being a Troop Guide at W1-492-11 in the Cascade Pacific Council. This was my first time on staff. You will only have a one first time for anything. I have 18 new and very cool friends. Some are closer than others. I met many of them on the WE1-492-09 course, but they were people I knew who were at Wood Badge. The rest, I met here. Every person on staff is special in their own way. To say that you know it all and that’s why you come to be on staff, is falling very short. Just because you get your two beads does not mean you know it all. You get why Wood Badge is special and you use the tools given to you in your everyday life, work and in your Scouting career. To be on staff, no matter how many times, you always learn something new. That was the case with W1-492-11. Seasoned veterans of Wood Badge learn something each course.
It was said several times during this course, that there was something very special happening. Myself and others on staff felt it. Granted I had nothing to compare except the 2009 course when I went through. But, I felt it. We as a Staff and all the Participants came together quickly and had a lot of fun. The normal forming, norming, storming and performing happened, but it was quicker.
If, you ever think that you do not have enough time for Wood Badge, think again. It’s not all about telling critter jokes and who has a better critter than the other. It’s about coming together, finding what is personal to you, what your values are, what you stand for and making it happen. I am a Beaver, the Troop Guide to the Bobwhites, a Wood Badger and a Scouter. Most of all, a friend to all.
I made some pretty deep connections to both staff and participants during this time. I will cherish them all. These connections happened late at night at the Male Troop Guide Shack, the late night Scribe Shack session, Staff Development & at Staff Meetings on course. Finally, sharing an experience in just sitting at the campfire bowl watching a Beaver swim across the lake getting branches to build the lodge….in the rain waiting silently for the Troop.
Make your connection where ever you go…….it will only make you richer in ways you never ever thought.