WHAT IS WOOD BADGE?
Scouting’s founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, introduced what has become known as Wood Badge in 1919, as part of his vision to provide well trained leaders for their Scouts. Wood Badge began as a means of training adults in the skills necessary to work with the boys in the new Scouting movement. In the intervening 100 years Wood Badge in the United States has evolved to a program to help Scout leaders develop their leadership skills versus Scoutcraft, which is taught in various other training courses. Wood Badge is open to adult leaders in all Scouting programs.
WHAT IS THE WOOD BADGE COURSE COMMITTMENT?
The Wood Badge course consists of two parts. The first is 6 days of instructor led training primarily using the Scout troop as a model setting. The 6 days are usually in two long weekends with a patrol meeting in between. The troop model provides varied opportunities for learning and experiencing the many elements of the Wood Badge curriculum.
The second part of Wood Badge happens after the six-day experience. Each participant works on a set of five goals, referred to as a “ticket”, which they write during the first part of the course. The ticket is based on the participant’s vision of future success in their Scouting role. Participants “work” their ticket over a period of up to 18 months demonstrating what they have learned while reaching their vision of success in their Scouting role. The participant is aided by a “ticket counselor” who guides them towards completion of their ticket and review of their Wood Badge experience. When the goals are completed and acknowledged by the ticket counselor the participant has earned their Wood Badge.
WHAT IS THE WOOD BADGE AWARD?
The Wood Badge award is presented in a ceremony, usually at a unit meeting, honoring the accomplishment of the new Wood Badger. The award consists of a completion certificate, the Wood Badge neckerchief, woggle, and beads. This award has been earned by over 100,000 Scouters around the world and recognized as a significant achievement of all who wear it.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Wood Badge accomplishes its objectives by building all the pieces of the course on a foundation of five central themes. Those themes, and the presentations that directly support them, are as follows:
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DO WE JUST SIT IN A CLASSROOM?
Within the troop framework, participants take part in presentations, discussions, and activities that explore and advance a wide range of leadership philosophies and tools. Presentations and related activities are delivered indoors and out, in both large (troop) and small (patrol) group settings. A key experience is the process of team development, where participants learn to apply appropriate leadership strategies at varying stages of team development within the troop and their patrol. We’re gonna have fun while we learn!
Course participants begin their Wood Badge experience as Cub Scouts in a den, then bridge into Scouts BSA and form patrols for the remainder of the program. Wood Badge reflects the 3 meetings and an outing of an ideal month in the life of a Scout troop. Wood Badge participants assume leadership roles to plan and carry out an extended outdoor experience during the second weekend. During the second weekend, some staff members interact with participants in the role of a Venturing crew. This provides insight to the continuum of Scouting.
WHO ARE THE STAFF?
The staff of Wood Badge is made of up of to 20 volunteers such as yourself. They have earned their Wood Badge and are chosen for their Scouting experience, diversity, and personality. The staff’s mission is to provide you with the best possible Wood Badge experience.
WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS?
The first weekend you will camp as a group using your own camping gear. Meals will be prepared and served by the Quartermaster staff in the dining hall. The second weekend you will camp and cook as a patrol with some staff members eating with your patrol. The patrol will work out menu and equipment amongst themselves much as a patrol does within a troop. Money is provided from your registration fee to pay for the food you will buy. Don’t worry, we mix up the patrol members to include experienced campers with novices, you’ll be fine!
WHAT DO I NEED TO ATTEND WOOD BADGE?
Adult leadership training is a three-phase training experience, and a common thread will connect all three phases. The first phase begins in the unit and district with unit or district trainers providing the basic training listed below. Phase two is Wood Badge, conducted by the local council, and the third phase is Leadership Challenge conducted by the National Council at a BSA high-adventure base. The three prerequisites for Wood Badge are:
Required Basic Training Leader Training by Scouting Position
Note: If you took basic training before
Outdoor Skills Training: Although only required for Troop leaders, inexperienced campers are encouraged to complete the Cub Scout, Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) or Scouts BSA, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) before attending Wood Badge.
Venturing and Sea Scouts Youth (18-20 years of age): For the purpose of writing a ticket, the participant should be an officer at the crew, ship, council, regional, or national level. Youth prerequisites: Venturing Youth Protection Training and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) for Venturers and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships (ILSS) for Sea Scouts.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND WOOD BADGE?
The fee for Wood Badge is $300 for the 2019 course. If you are fully paid before July 21, you will receive an Early Bird discount of $25. A minimum deposit of $125 is due upon registration, fees must be fully paid by August 20. Plan ahead, put away $1.50 per day for 6 months?
Yes, scholarships are available. Let's look at the options.
WOOD BADGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND DONATIONS
If you would like to donate to the Wood Badge scholarship fund, please contact Cedric Bodley by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 312-421-8800, ext. 202.