Psychic Smitty

Yes – It’s time for another Psychic Smitty moment where I read your mind, find a feeling/question and give you an answer.

Your Feeling/Question: “If I remember right, the first Wood Badge weekend is coming up in April.  I’m excited and starting to think of the fun I’m going to have.  I’ve seen a few times where one or two leaders get a new scarf and a big group sings ‘that song‘.  The more I see it, the more I notice the fun they are having.  Now that I am finally going, I can’t wait! I wouldn’t mind getting ahead of the game.  Can I do anything now to make things a little easier or make things go a little faster for me?”

*Psychic Smitty Answer: That is a great attitude and April 13th-15th are the exact dates.  In some classes it helps when you are ahead of the curve.  Knowing all the answers before you come to class works for a lot of traditional educational courses, but his isn’t a ‘Traditional’ education course.  I wish it was.  I wish all my training courses were like Wood Badge.  The key to ‘hitting the ground running’ in Wood Badge is to open your mind for learning.  Make some room for some new thoughts. As for doing pre-work, just follow the instructions you have been receiving in the mail/email like getting your physical and other paperwork in.  Submit some photos of yourself to the website.  Remember the most important prep work for Wood Badge is arriving with your mind and body ready to experience new growth and before you know it – you’ll be getting a new scarf and singing ‘that song‘ yourself.

*DISCLAIMER: All answers provided are not necessarily endorsed by BSA, Wood Badge, Staff, or any sane person.

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Meet Charlie Fleet, Techno Scribe

Name: Charlie Fleet

Wood Badge Staff Position: Techno Scribe

Wood Badge Patrol/Critter: Buffalo

Scout Unit: Troop 544

District: Battlefield

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…You Might be a Wood Badger!

If you hang your tent totem on the doorknob of the Holiday Inn while on family vacation…

If you get disappointed at family reunions because no one wants to build a water rocket…

If you’ve ever taken out a loan so you had a $100 dollar bill to measure your neckerchief…

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Meet Craig Britt, Course Mentor

Name: Craig Britt

Wood Badge Staff Position: Course Mentor

Wood Badge Patrol Critter: Beaver

Scout Unit: Troop 544

District: Battlefield

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Meet Chris Leech, Troop Guide

Name: Chris Leech

Wood Badge Staff Position: Troop Guide

Wood Badge Patrol/Critter: Owl, SR966

District: Huguenot Trail

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Friendly Advice from the Techno Scribe…

As I think back over my Wood Badge experiences (yes, that is plural I went through the course twice) the one observation I can make is you get out of it what you put into it. I guess that is true of life in general. I went through Wood Badge the first time in 2000. I signed up with visions of beads in my head but soon found out the experiences and friendships far surpassed this simple sign of accomplishment. As I sat in a new group of people who I knew nothing about; I wondered to myself, what have I gotten myself into and more importantly how can I fix this. Now when I reflect on the course I see there was nothing to fix except my attitude. The great news was and still is that the Wood Badge staff took care of the fixing. Each Wood Badge patrol went through this realization, however not all at the same time.

As I went into the second round of Wood Badge feeling this is no big deal, been there and done that. I could not believe it, another new group of people who I knew nothing about, heck I knew more staff members than I new participants; I wondered to myself, what have I gotten myself into and will the staff fix my attitude again! Well needless to say, the staff came through again with flying colors. My attitude was adjusted quickly and I was able to get even more from the course. Time had changed the format of the course but the core learning and beliefs were still there, it had been 10 years. I found enjoyment in helping my patrol and others in the course get the most from their experience. What a mountain top experience this was! I came away energized and ready to take my learning back to my troop.

Getting back to how I started this, remember you will get out of this Wood Badge course what you put into it. Do not let the little stuff hinder you from having that mountain top experience. The staff continues preparations as I write this, to guide everyone along this journey but it is really up to you to make the most of this opportunity.

I still run into members of both of my Wood Badge patrols some 12 years later, sometimes in the most unexpected places; a rest stop along 95 in North Carolina, atop a ski slopes in West Virginia, various camps across the state, Council and District events. Each time we meet I can expect a smile, hand shake and the chance to rekindle the fire. Feel free to find me sometime during the course if you are interested in hearing why twice.

Charlie Fleet
Techno Scribe
Double Buffalo

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Meet Ed Beach, Food Service

Name: Ed Beach

Wood Badge Staff Position: Food Service

Wood Badge Patrol/Critter: Bear

Scout Unit: Pack 760, Troop 760, Crew 760 (soon to be)

District: Cardinal

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…You Might be a Wood Badger!

If you were ever late for work because you couldn’t find your patrol flag…

If your yard has grass 10 inches high but Gilwell Field looks great…

If instead of a night out with the boys, you prefer a night out with the “Bears” or “Owls” or “Beavers”…

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Meet Bill Eggleston, ASM – Program

Name: Bill Eggleston

Wood Badge Staff Position: ASM Program

Wood Badge Patrol/Critter: Beaver, SR501

District: Arrohattoc

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…You Might be a Wood Badger!

If you’ve ever cried because your spouse threw out a container of old ashes (and they weren’t Uncle Pete)…

If your idea of a trip to the Holy Land means Gilwell Park in England…

If the only thing you remember from your honeymoon is the herd of Antelope you drove by in Wyoming…

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