Wood Badge is a Scouting leadership program and the related award for adult leaders in the programs of Scout associations around the world. Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement. Courses generally have a combined classroom and practical outdoors-based phase followed by a Wood Badge ticket, also known as the project phase. By “working the ticket”, participants put their newly gained experience into practice to attain ticket goals aiding the Scouting movement.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Badge)
Being “best in class” is the dream of many organizations. Policies, procedures, flow charts, and programs all contribute to success, but leadership is the defining factor. Although the demand is great, opportunities are scarce for individuals to learn leadership skills because of cost and ineffective techniques that don’t transfer learning from the “classroom” to “the real world.”
The Boy Scouts of America have found a way to bridge this gap with an upgraded and state-of-the-art curriculum called Wood Badge for the 21st Century. This professionally developed course used throughout the nation spans six full days and addresses the core competencies that make a leader effective in any organization. Utilizing interactivity, small group learning, structured experiences, role playing, goal setting, and hands-on exercises, these competencies are addressed in-depth and through an outdoor experience in the pristine setting of McCall, Idaho, near the tranquil waters of Payette Lake.
The course focus is LEADERSHIP, and the course is designed for all registered Scout leaders from Cubs and Committed members to Commissioners.
Who Should Attend?
Wood Badge for the 21st century is designed for all Scout leaders, from Troop Committee folks to Denners, District Execs and Chartered Organization Reps (CORs) for the following programs:
- Cub & Webelos
- Boy Scouts
- Scout Professionals
NOTE: Participants 18 years old and older may attend regardless of their registered position (Youth Protection policies are followed).
As a result of attending Wood Badge, participants will be able to accomplish the following:
View Scouting globally, as a family of interrelated, values-based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth.
Recognize the contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and leading government organiations which are relevant to our values-based movement.
Apply the skills learned from their participation as a member of a successful working team.
Revitalize their commitment by sharing in an overall inspirational experience that helps provide Scouting with the leadership it needs to accomplish its mission on an ongoing basis.
The first part of the new Wood Badge course reflects unit meetings, while the second part uses a unit camping activity. This training provides –
A great framework to practice leadership skills
An understanding of the natural bridge between the various programs in Scouting
Context for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing in one course
Course content and leadership principles that apply to Scouters in all leadership positions and provide a common foundation of leadership skills applicable to all programs
The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting. The Wood Badge “ticket” represents the participant’s commitment to complete a set of personal goals relating to that individual’s Scouting position. These goals significantly strengthen the program in which the participant is involved. In addition, the ticket gives participants the chance to practice and demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership skills presented during the course. Wood Badge ticket goals must be completed within 18 months after a course.