Wood Badge Course Information
Laurel Highlands Council
2016 Wood Badge Course N4-527-16
“ A Mountaintop Opportunity for Learning Leadership, Fun and Great Friendship”
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Wood Badge is Scouting’s advanced leadership training.
Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting's adult leaders. The first Wood Badge training was held in 1919 at Gilwell Park, near London. Since then, Wood Badge has continued to evolve to meet Scouting's needs. Wood Badge focuses on preparing adults to deliver the mission of Scouting. As a result of attending Wood Badge training you will:
- Learn contemporary leadership concepts and discover how these apply to our value-based program
- Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age appropriate activities for youth
- Revitalize your commitment to Scouting, sharing in a mountaintop experience
Wood Badge is more than a leadership training course. People who have completed Wood Badge make friendships that last a lifetime. They experience personal growth and expand their understanding of Scouting and what it can offer youth. And, let's not forget, they have a tremendous amount of fun!
What are the Themes of Wood Badge?
How is Wood Badge Presented?
Wood Badge is presented in two phases. The first part of the program is the practical phase. This consists of six days over two full weekends (all day Friday, Saturday & Sunday) at camp plus one patrol meetings between the weekends. The second part of the program, the application phase, occurs after the weekends and consists of applying the skills you learn at Wood Badge to your position in Scouting. This phase is also referred to as “working your ticket.”
What is a Ticket?
The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting in our units, districts, and local councils. During the course, the Wood Badge Staff will help you set some personal goals, things you would like to accomplish in your unit or district. These goals are referred to as the Wood Badge “Ticket”. The ticket represents your commitment to complete a set of five personal goals, which you establish, related to your Scouting position. These goals should be designed to significantly strengthen the Scouting program in which you are involved. In addition, the ticket gives you an opportunity to practice and demonstrate the leadership skills presented during the Wood Badge course. Some participants complete their tickets in 6 to 12 months, but you must complete your Wood Badge ticket no later than 18 months after the course ends.
How are Scouters Recognized?
Upon completion of your Wood Badge Ticket (your five goals), as certified by your assigned Ticket Counselor, you will be presented with the Wood Badge Training Award: neckerchief, woggle, beads, and Wood Badge certificate at an appropriate ceremony of your choosing.
Many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be one of the highlights of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands of Scout leaders. In return, Wood Badge participants have positively influenced the lives of millions of America's youth.
Who Should Participate?
Wood Badge is designed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, Sea Scout, at the unit level, as well as district and council leaders. The course content and leadership principles introduced apply to Scouters in all leadership positions. These skills provide common a leadership foundation that is beneficial for all program areas. To attend a Wood Badge course, you must:
- Be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America. (There is no minimum tenure requirement.)
- All adult leaders must complete This Is Scouting and Leader Specific Training for their primary registered position. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is required for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Crew Leaders.
- Successful completion of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record is required for all participants (parts A, B and C only). No exceptions.
What’s the Location and Dates of the 2016 Course?
The 2015 course location is Camp Twin Echo near Ligonier, PA. Each weekend session begins 7:30 AM on Friday morning and ends 4:30 PM on Sunday. The first weekend in 2015 is Friday thru Sunday, August 26-28, , and the second weekend is also Friday thru Sunday, September 16-18. Participation and attendance at both weekends, a total of six full days, is required for the successful completion of the Wood Badge course. There is a definite limit on the number of participants so please send in your registration as soon as you can. Registrations received after the course is full will be placed on a waiting list and used in the order in which they were received.
Where Can We Get More Information?
For information on the 2016 course, contact
N4-527-16 Course Director, Ron Schmeidel firstname.lastname@example.org or call him directly at 412-367-7587
Wood Badge Coordinator, Rich Knouff. RTKLSW@aol.com or call him directly at (412) 726-5551.