CLINTON — Michele Parac recently completed an intensive training regimen, considered by many as the equivalent of a Eagle rank for adults, called Woodbadge.
The training emphasizes not only learning how to be a leader, but, more importantly, how to help train leaders — the youth of her Venturing Crew and her Boy Scout troop. It is one of only a few leadership training courses that is recognized by the corporate world and is delivered worldwide by Scouting organizations. It is one of many courses offered for adult leaders to improve the experience of the boys and girls in Scouting in the U.S. and worldwide.
Michele worked for years in the Clinton School District as a teacher before her current work as a special education paraprofessional with the Bloomington School District at Eugene Field school. She has been active with the BSA Venturing Crew, in Clinton, in advising the boys and girls. She also has been active in the troop, helping as the advancement chair for many years.
She completed the course earlier this year; the ceremony marks the end of her “ticket” — a series of tasks a Woodbadge trainee takes on to help Scouting in some way. She completed the tasks helping her Venturing Crew grow, improve the leadership roles in the Crew, find a new home for their meetings; they met at Hardee’s for years and have now moved their meetings to the United Methodist Church in Clinton.
The term “ticket” comes from the early days of Scouting and also military service in England. Lord Baden-Powell took the term from his days in the army, when a soldier completed his last tour of duty and would have to find his way back to England from whatever country he had been stationed in.
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