In the 1300s at Cambridge University in England, a chapel was constructed for one of the colleges.
- Vaulted Roof
- Huge Beams
- Old-growth Oak
- 700 hundred years later
- Roof in danger of collapsing
- Replacing the Beams
But where, in our time, could those repairing the building find giant oak trees of such an age and quality as had been available to the original builders?
The answer lay right outside the chapel door.
- Original builders had known that at some point far in the future
- The structure would need new oak beams
- Planted acorns in the churchyard
- Trees grown to full maturity
Their mission and their vision were built upon their values – a solid foundation that gave direction and meaning to those things they set out to achieve.
- The mission of the chapel builders – to ensure the survival of the chapel – extended hundreds of years into the future
- Their vision – planting acorns as a means of achieving the mission – was a step-by-step process that required planning and organization
Values are core beliefs or desires that guide or motivate our attitudes and actions.
- Values can take a variety of forms for example…
Principles or Standards
- Service Above Self (Rotary Club International)
- Be Prepared, Do a Good Turn Daily (BSA)
- Being Organized
- Openness to others
Codes of Ethics
- Hippocratic Oath
- Ten Commandments
- BSA’s Outdoor Code
- Living a healthy life
- Caring for others
- Thought to Scouting’s aims, ideals, and methods – the aims of the organization
- Expressions of Scouting’s ideals clearly in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law
- Pre-course assignment, answering 20 questions about yourself
- Answers can help you understand what your own values are
Eric Harvey and Alexander Lucia wrote,
“Acting in accord with our beliefs and values is one of the greatest challenges each of us face every day. It’s true for individuals in all aspects of life . . . and equally true for organizations of every kind and size.”
A mission is a brief statement that reflects the core values of an organization and communicates the organizations long-term objectives – why the organization exists.
- Organization’s mission is formalized in mission statement
A mission statement:
- Serves as a communication tool inside and outside the organization.
- Aligns people with a purpose and fosters commitment and unity.
- Defines directions for change and growth.
- Acts as an evaluation tool to help measure decisions, activities, and programs.
Examples of mission statements:
- “To solve unsolved problems innovatively.” – 3M
- “To offer all the fine customers in our territories all of the household needs in a manner in which they continue to think of us fondly.” – Wal-Mart
- A brief corporate mission statement is often supported by a list of corporate values
Merck – “To preserve and improve human life:
- Corporate social responsibility
- Unequivocal excellence in all aspects of the company
- Science-based innovation
- Honesty and integrity
- Profit, but profit from work that benefits humanity.”
See if you can guess this one:
“To make people happy:
- No cynicism
- Nurturing and promulgation of ‘wholesome American values’
- Creativity, dreams, and imagination
- Fanatical attention to consistency and detail
- Preservation and control of the Disney ‘magic’”
Have someone read BSA Mission Statement
A vision is a picture of future success.
- Forms when we think far enough ahead to realize there will be important challenges that we can prepare for
- Your assignment before Wood Badge think about your own vision of future success
- Think of young people who are currently involved with Scouting imagine them years in the future
- That’s how vision begins
Consider these visions:
- John F. Kennedy
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Margaret Thatcher
- Lord Baden-Powell
- General in the British Army
- Wrote the book “Scouting for Boys”
- 1920 at the first World Jamboree that vision changed
- What had recently happened in English history?
- At the Jamboree Baden-Powell saw boys from many nations living together in harmony
- Vision changed to bring about world peace through a brotherhood of Scouting
- Before the 1837 World Jamboree Germany sent word that they would not be attending and that they had disbanded Scouting
- Many of the scouts joined the Hitler Youth
- Baden-Powell died in 1941 during the Second World War disappointed that his vision of a world brotherhood of Scouts living in peace had failed
- Did he fail?
- Did his vision die with him?
- Effective leaders ability to create compelling vision
- Articulating personal values and visions is not easy task
- Requires thought, personal examination
- getting feedback from others
For example, the first drafts of the Scout Oath and Law, as written by Baden-Powell, read this way:
Have someone read original oath
Have someone read next oath
In describing the process of formulating these guidelines, Baden-Powell explained:
“Now I know that a real red-blooded boy is all for action, ready for adventure. He just hates to be nagged and told ‘You must not do that.’ He wants to know what he can do. So I thought why should we not have our own Law for Scouts, and I jotted down ten things that a fellows needs to do as his regular habit if he is going to be a real man.”
Share with you the vision that the staff and I have for this course.
SHOW VISION VIDEO – Change the World
- Now it is your turn develop a vision
- Considering the plan to make that vision a reality
- Heart of the Wood Badge ticket
History of the working your ticket and the tradition in Wood Badge
- Learned about Wood Badge Ticket
- British soldiers “worked their tickets” – taking the steps that would help them achieve the goal of reaching home at the end of their military service
- Wood Badge ticket allows each of you to set out a personal vision based on your own values
- You will be envisioning an end result and figuring out the steps required to fulfill that vision
- Writing it out and then “working” your ticket
- Twenty Questions
That deepened awareness forms a pool of information you can use as you begin to formulate your ticket.
A Wood Badge ticket is:
- A commitment
- A vision of personal improvement
- A vision of how you will lead
- A series of goals
Your ticket should be guided by:
- Your personal values
- The organization’s mission
- Your vision of success in your role
A primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience
Your ticket is a commitment to complete a set of goals
Ticket provides an opportunity for you to practice leadership skills that will be of value in many areas of your life, both within Scouting and beyond.
Start with your vision – Your ticket will include five significant goals.
- Your Troop Guide will help you prepare your ticket and will approve it when it is complete.
- The five goals of the ticket must be completed within 18 months of the end of the Wood Badge course.
- When you and your Troop Guide have agreed that you have fulfilled all the items on your ticket, you will receive your Wood Badge certificate, beads, neckerchief, and woggle.
Process: When given this assignment I wanted to create a presentation that might be used. I immediately thought of a presentation that I gave as a Wood Badge Course Director in April 2012. My husband will be giving the same presentation this year in October when he serves as a Course Director. The audience for this presentation will be the participants of his Wood Badge Course. I knew that the presentation would require more slides than were assigned and so I checked with Sister Peterson. I then looked at what I did before for the presentation and realized how many rules I had broken in the original presentation. I next sketched out the first eight slides that I was going to use. Next I had to start finding the pictures. This took longer than I thought it would. Finally, I was able to start actually putting it all together in Powerpoint.
Critique Report: This time I was critiqued by Lindsey Cordova, Jacob Hayes, and Stephanie Mansfield. All three of them said that they liked or loved my design and that the only thing they did not like was where the words overlapped the pictures, they said it made it hard to read the words. Jacob Hayes thought I might try a contrasting font somewhere. I did go ahead and adjust the wording so that it would not overlap the pictures. On the contrasting font I liked the simplicity of using only one font and most of my slides only contained one word so I kept with just the one font. I also provided a critique for Stephanie Mansfield and Carrie Hunt.
Source for Presentation: Wood Badge Syllabus, Boy Scout of America (no link available)
Fonts: Arial Black (Sans Serif)
Color Scheme: Monochromatic (Dark Purple)
Links to Images:
Martin Luther King: http://newshour-tc.pbs.org/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/50430295.jpg
Who, What, Where, Why: https://lunchbuddiesplus.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/dollarphotoclub_34332933.jpg
Wood Badge Words: http://www.trcscouting.org/files/i/usr/14/woodbadge-small1.jpg