Sunday, August 03, 2008


I am sooo tired.
Friday morning after spending Thursday night at the Braves game I got up bright and early to crive down to Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Covington. I got down here right on time. As soon as I got out of the truck they had me moving and I this is the first chance I've had to slow down at all. Even though I've already been through Adult Leader Training, this has been like trying to drink from a fire hose.
We've been devided up into patrols and have been working together just like the scouts in our troops. It's a great teching methode to mirror the behavior that we're expecting of the boys.
Between the training, patrol meetings, meals, skills demonstrations etc, etc, there really hasn't been anytime at all. I volunteered to serve as a chaplan's aid on the first day. This took the only unscheduled hour of my weekend and created a meeting that I had to attend. The only reason I have this time to type this is because I've caught up with my course work, completed the first draft of my "ticket", and finished lunch a little early.
I'm a bear. I've always loved bears. In fact I have a carved bear on my desk at work. I'm not going to read anything too much into the patrol that I was assigned. Considering that peregrine falcon was not one of my choices I'm glad to be assigned as one of my favorite animals.
I considered bring my guitar but I'm glad I didn't. A patrol member of mine did and it's been a little bit of a distraction for him in getting his "ticket" work and other assignments completed.
The instruction has been really good, but the best training has been the one on one interactions with the troop guide for my patrol. Brent Allen has been able to give me some great coaching on how I can improve my troop and ultimately make my job as a Scoutmaster so much easier. Typically, a ticket is a list of goals that you'd like to accomplish; things that you'd like to do. I've noticed that my ticket has been shaping up to be finding ways for me to do less, by delegating, training and encouraging other to do the tasks that they're responsible for.
We should be wrappng up today around 6:00pm. I miss my family. I'm looking forward to seeing them again and giving them a big hug, hopping in the shower and taking a nap. They would probably prefer that I shower before the hug though.
Tomorrow is Six Flags. If I don't get any sleep tonight I'll just have the kids prop me up while I'm waiting in line for the rides.

Note: I have a few pictures of my weekend. We're been too busy for me to take a bunch. I'll update this post with the pictures once I get back home.


  1. I recall my woodbadge course (92-23). We had a list of "spare time activities" to keep us hopping.
    Your Dad encouraged me to sign on for the course and I am glad he did. I have used the training a lot over the years.
    Next time you are over we can sing the woodbadge song together. Until then, I will be heading "back to Gilwell, happy land"...

  2. Woodbadge is a wonderful course and I am so proud of you.

  3. I'm glad you got to start your Woodbadge experience and that it has been so positive.