Wood Badge is the advanced training course for adult scout leaders:
Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, Venturing, District and Council Volunteers and Professional Scout Leaders.
The program consists of two parts:
1. Practical Training
During this six-day outdoor event, you will live the patrol method. As a member of a patrol, you will practice skills of leadership and learn how to apply these skills in your role as an adult Scouting leader. Your Scouting spirit and enthusiasm will be renewed and you'll find yourself doing a better job in your Scouting roles.
This portion of the course is presented at the Cub Camp section of Camp Bud Schiele. The first session runs from Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:30 AM until Sunday, March 12, at 6:00 PM. The second session is from Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00 AM until Sunday, April 2, at 5:00 PM.
In addition, there is one (1) patrol meeting between the two sessions. The time and date for this meeting is chosen by your patrol during the first session.
In order to complete this phase of the training you must attend all the sessions including the patrol meeting. There is a course orientation on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM. This will be held at the Smith Lodge in Cub Camp. While attendance at the orientation is not required, your Wood Badge experience will be greatly enhanced by attending.
2. Applying what you learn
During practical training you will write your Ticket - a set of goals designed by you to be accomplished by you. You will work your ticket, utilizing aspects of what you learned. A Ticket Counselor will work with you to provide help and encouragement.
Accomplishing the goals may provide service to others strengthen your unit Scouting program or assist you in an area of personal growth.
The application phase begins at the end of practical training and lasts 18 months, during which you mush complete your ticket.
You must be a registered adult leader, have completed Youth Protection and be trained for your position in Scouting.
All training must be completed prior to the start of the course. Due to the advanced nature of the training, these requirements may not be waived.
Living Arrangements and Equipment:
You will sleep in platform tents during the first session. During the second weekend you will be at an "outpost" campsites, sleeping in your personal tent. Food will be provided the first weekend. Your patrol will be cooking these meals in your campsite. For the outpost weekend each patrol cooks for the themselves from their own menu.
You'll wear BSA Field and Activity uniforms appropriate for your primary role in Scouting.
There is a fair amount or physical activity in a Wood Badge course. However, many limitations can be accommodated. Contact the Course Director with any questions before submitting your application. Submit a current BSA Medical Form (Part A, B & C).
When you successfully complete your ticket, you'll be entitled to receive Wood Badge recognition, which consists of "beads" (two wooden beads on a leather thong), a Wood Badge neckerchief, leather woggle and a certificate. These will identify you as a Scouter who has completed this advanced training and also serve to remind you of your ongoing commitment to Scouting.
The course fee is $220, which includes materials, facilities, a t-shirt and cap. If paid in full before January 15, the fee is discounted to $195.