I was asked to be a guest presenter at the W1-492-14 day 4 of Wood Badge for the Cascade Pacific Council. This weekend for about 19 hours, I was on Gilwell Field. I staffed in 2011 as a Troop Guide for the Bobwhites. You learn so much the first time you somewhat forget a lot of it. You re-learn it while staffing. Now, as a guest presenter I am learning more.
I will not go into the presentation that I am giving, but it is on Day 4. The presentation itself has been re-written by National. When I learned that I was going to give this presentation, I thought AWESOME! Then I started remembering it when I was on course and on staff. Both times we were at Camp Cooper for it. We are at Camp Clark, which threw me a bit. Once I got to Camp Clark, I was informed that the presentation itself was re-written by National. Ok….getting lost, but “SIMPER GUMBY”.
I had really good conversations with the Admin Staff who enlightened me on the where it would be held and what changed. Gotcha. All good things hit you like a ton of bricks, and this did. It was good. I have material and I worked through the bones of it in front of the Troop Guides and Admin Staff. I came home and needed to Google and search Wikipedia for what I need. I have awhile to put together all my notes and I think it will be great.
The other added bonus of my 19 hours at Gilwell, was reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. I had great conversations with several people. For me, Wood Badge has opened more doors for me than I had ever thought. A new ticket is being written. And that is exciting.