Wood Badge




Spring Woodbadge 2016 SUCCESS!


April 22-24, 2016 Week One and May 13-15 Week Two 

Hosted at Camp Frank S. Betz, Berrien Spring, Michigan

2016 Spring Wood Badge Course Information





FAQ


What are the Central themes of Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is two full weekends (6 days).  Course participants begin their Wood Badge experience as Cub Scouts, then bridge into Boy Scouting and form patrols for the remainder of the program.  Selected staff members interact with participants in the role of a Venturing crew. Representing a month in the life of a Scout unit, Wood Badge participants assume leadership roles to plan and carry out an extended outdoor experience.

Within this framework, participants take part in numerous presentations, discussions, and activities that explore and advance a wide range of leadership philosophies and tools.  A key area is the process of team development, where participants learn to apply appropriate leadership strategies at varying stages of team development.  There are five central themes of the Wood Badge course:

      1. Living the Values
      2. Bringing the Vision to Life
      3. Models for Success
      4. Tools of the Trade
      5. Leading to Make a Difference. 

 The first weekend of the course parallels three weeks of a Scout units meetings and activities with the three days of the second weekend paralleling the experiences of a Scout unit setting out on the fourth week of a month for an exciting and challenging outdoor experience.

What are some of the Wood Badge activities?

Course participants begin their Wood Badge experience as Cub Scouts, then bridge into Boy Scouting and form patrols for the remainder of the program.  Selected staff members interact with participants in the role of a Venturing crew. Representing a month in the life of a Scout unit, Wood Badge participants assume leadership roles to plan and carry out an extended outdoor experience.

What trainings are required for Wood Badge?

One of the requirements for taking Wood Badge is to complete the basic training requirements for your primary position prior to attending. These are the required courses:

Outdoor Skills Training:  All participants are encouraged to complete the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) training before attending Wood Badge, but it is not required.

Venturing and Sea Scouts Youth (18-20 years of age).  For the purpose of writing a ticket, the applicant 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 

Note:  If you took basic training before September, 2001, and have not changed positions since that time, previous versions of leader training courses completed prior to June 1, 2001 will be accepted.

What is the ticket?

One of the great traditions of Wood Badge is the “ticket.”  During the course each participant will be asked to develop a contract or ticket – a list of goals that will allow them to use their newly learned leadership skills in ways to strengthen Scouting in their home units, districts and councils. The ticket will include the participant’s personal values, roles in Scouting, vision of success, and a mission of five significant goals that can be attained within 18 months. Overall, the ticket will be meaningful and enable the participant to practice the skills learned in the course. Troop Guides (Ticket Counselors) will assist participants in writing their tickets and approve them when complete. The Troop Guide and the participant will mutually agree when all the items of the ticket have been fulfilled.

What is the Wood Badge recognition?

Recognition for the successful completion of Wood Badge (including the ticket) consists of the distinctive Wood Badge neckerchief, woggle, the Wood Badge – two wooden beads worn on a leather thong around the neck, and the certificate.  This “regalia” is recognized around the world as a symbol of training and leadership experience.

Are Scholarships available?

A limited number of partial-fee scholarships are available to apply toward the course fee.  These scholarships are granted based on need. Scholarship applications are available through the council Training Chairman Don Swibes (email: dswibes@sbcglobal.net) Wood Badge Scholarship Application Fillable.  Scholarships must be applied for and approved prior to applying for a course.  A copy of the letter confirming the awarding of a scholarship must be attached to the application, along with the balance of the fee.

With Wood Badge being a premiere leadership course, units, chartered organizations and a number of employers may also partially or completely underwrite necessary fees for a Scouter to attend.  Please inquire prior to applying for council scholarships.

 Qualified Scouters may also apply for these national Wood Badge scholarships:
•AFL-CIO Wood Badge Scholarship Program- The AFL-CIO offers a Wood Badge Scholarship to assist selected union members in acquiring skills that will better equip them to serve the youth of their communities.
VFW Wood Badge Scholarship Program - The VFW National headquarters offers Wood Badge scholarships to assist selected chapter members in acquiring skills that will better equip them to serve the youth of their communities.