Advanced Leader Training Course
Wood Badge is advanced Scout leader training that began in 1919 by Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting and Wood Badge's first director. It came to America in 1948 and has been updated to reflect current BSA policies and programs. Incorporating the best techniques available, Wood Badge has become the most advanced leadership training course in Scouting!
Wood Badge is the highest level of Scout leadership training and provides you with the tools to be a superior leader. The leadership skills taught are for leaders from all Scouting areas including Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and the district and council. The 1st half of the course utilizes a classroom environment and practical exercises to teach the essentials of leadership. You’ll learn what makes leadership work for you in Scouting and your personal life. The 2nd half offers classroom and outdoor experiences to help you learn the application of leadership skills. Finally, you will write and complete a “Ticket”. The “Ticket” consists of five written goals. These goals connect your new leadership knowledge to your role in Scouting.
Any Scouter who has attended basic training for their registered position and serves in a leadership role in Scouting or in a position that directly supports a unit can attend.
Wood Badge Association Dinner
The critters are getting geared up for another great year of fun and adventure in scouting. What better way than to spend an evening with your fellow Wood Badge Critters. You attendance and fun at the wood badge dinner will support 20 scholarships to the upcoming Spring and Fall courses.
Dinner is open to everyone. Wood Badge trained or not. This is the perfect opportunity to get all the information about the upcoming courses and what you need to do to be prepared to attend.
Registration, social time and trading post will be from 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m.
If there is anyone in need of a beading ceremony we would be happy to hold the ceremony following dinner.
Two Little Wooden Beads
Dear Fellow Wood Badger,
Think back to a time of great anticipation and maybe a little anxiety too. The time when you were just arriving very early in the morning to Wood Badge. The excitement level high, the unknown had your mind sailing a hundred miles an hour. What is going to happen, will it be all I think it will be? Can I do it?
The staff greets you and you feel and sense all will be okay. There is calmness about the staff as they take you around to get you settled and assure you it will be a grand time in deed. As you go through the days of learning and fun you get a feeling that Scouting is much broader and far reaching then you ever dreamed. The history abounds; the circle is large and your legacy has been added to those countless other Wood Badgers that have gone before you. The legacy of strengthened leadership for Scouting and your life forever changed by two little wooden beads.
Now think for a moment, what would your life be like if you did not or could not have gone?
There are many fellow scouters that cannot attend because they are not financially able. Their funds are limited but their hearts are not. Scouting needs them and we need to help them add their legacy to ours.
“No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be
helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.” Sir Robert Baden-Powell
The Wood Badge Association would like to invite you to help them “find their way” through our first annual “Adopt a Critter Campaign”. Any amount of dollars is helpful but we would encourage each of you to “Adopt a Critter” by giving the traditional scholarship amount of $105.00. This will help ensure that those that really would like to attend this life altering experience can.
To help celebrate the legacy of Wood Badge and our newly adopted critters the Wood Badge Association is hosting a gala fellowship dinner October 2nd, 2013 at Camp Belzer – see attached flyer. Dinner will be free to those that “Adopt a Critter” by the donation of a $105.00 scholarship.
Won’t you help them “find their way”.
In the Spirit of Wood Badge, the fun never ends,
Paul Beets Steve Williams
Wood Badge Association Chairman Wood Badge Coordinator
To make a donation to the scholarship fund please click on the link below:
2013 Adopt A Critter Campaign
Woodbadge Scholarship Application
Some dedicated Scouters find the financial aspect of this course to be a burden. Help is available through several sources. Be sure to check for support from your unit, chartered partner, or employer first. If this is unsuccessful or insufficient, feel free to apply for a scholarship. Wood Badge Scholarships are available to any applicant from Crossroads of America Council. Typical scholarships are one half of the application fee.
Wood Badge Scholarship Application
The AFL-CIO recognizes the value of Scouting and particularly the value of Wood Badge training. The organization offers scholarships to their chapter members to better equip them to serve the youth of their communities. Each of the four regions can award up to three scholarships a year. Applications can be downloaded, printed, and sent to the Volunteer Development Team at the national office. Deadline for submitting applications is March 31.
VFW Wood Badge Scholarship
The VFW recognizes the value of Scouting and particularly the value of Wood Badge training. The organization offers scholarships to their chapter
members to better equip them to serve the youth of their communities. Each of the four regions can award up to three scholarships a year. Applications can be downloaded, printed, and sent to the Volunteer Development Team at the national office. Deadline for submitting applications is March 31.