By Irene Miller
October 11, 2006
There are two parts to Wood Badge training course: the practical and the application. Both must be completed to receive the Wood Badge recognition – two wooden beads to be worn around the neck on a leather thong.
The practical part is a two-weekend experience (6 full days) to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. The course is a multifaceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best Scouting traditions and the latest in team development theory. In addition, participants will enjoy the fellowship of learning with many other Scouters, and along the way will have a great deal of fun.
The application part of Wood Badge is a period of up to 18 months, during which the participants practice and demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership principles presented during the course. This is accomplished by the use of the Wood Badge ticket, which represents the participant’s commitment to complete a set of personal goals related to his/her Scouting position. These goals will significantly strengthen the program in which the participant is involved.
Throughout the period of application, each participant is assigned a counselor who serves as a resource, an evaluator and a Scouting friend. When the counselor and participant determine that the new skills are understood and can be applied to his/her Scouting position, a recommendation is made for the Wood Badge to be awarded.
Wood Badge is for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing leaders as well as council and district leaders.
Each Scouter invited to participate in Wood Badge training must be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America and have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position.To find a course near you refer to the Buckeye District’s Wood Badge website or the national Wood Badge website.