March 8-10, 2013 First Weekend
April 12-14, 2013 Second Weekend
at Camp Barstow
One Patrol Meeting between weekend one & two
at your Patrol's choosing
Why is Wood Badge such a great course?
Established in 1919 by Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting's founder, Wood Badge
has been the training ground for hundreds of thousands of Scouters around the world. As the challenges in the world have changed, Wood Badge has evolved to give leaders the skills they need to strengthen Scouting in meaningful ways.
What Is Wood Badge?
Wood Badge is Scouting's premier training course. In 1911, Baden Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters. He made great strides in the years that followed, culminating in 1919 with the establishment of Wood Badge training. Baden-Powell designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. It is first and foremost, learning by doing. The course is designed to cover the entire spectrum of Scouting. The members of the course are formed into patrols and these into a troop.
The uniqueness of Scouting is the patrol method. The use of the natural group of six who elect their own leader and plan and carry out many of their own activities is a democracy in microcosm. Here young men learn the give and take of working with people, as they must surely do all their lives. Here, too, they are given leadership and learning opportunities that prepare them for their future roles as citizens. It is for this reason that it is so crucial that all adults understand thoroughly the patrol method.
But Wood Badge is more than just mechanical Leadership course work. Wood Badge is the embodiment of Scouting spirit. Like many intense training experiences, it has always relied on a busy schedule forcing the participants to work together, to organize and to develop an enthusiasm and team spirit to accomplish the tasks and challenges placed before them. Carried out in context of Scouting ideals and service to young people, the course brings out a deep dedication and spirit of brotherhood and fellowship in most participants. Certainly were it not for the common goal of the movement and its program for young people, it would be hard to get grown men and women to endure the 16-hour days required by a program that runs from early morning to late at night.
The course is designed to be a highlight --"a mountaintop experience" -- for the course participants. Careful planning and strict attention to detail provides a physical/logistic support and program second to none. Add to this a thoroughly prepared and enthusiastic staff and it is little wonder that most Scouters return from Wood Badge inspired and prepared to do an even better job of providing Scouting to boys. In addition to a fine course, all the traditions and heritage of Scouting are stressed and used to inspire those attending. Wood Badge in one form or another is used throughout the Scouting world. Tens of thousands of Scouters proudly wear the Gilwell neckerchief, woggle, and beads of Wood Badge-trained leaders. Wood Badge is then, a great force for world brotherhood, for though it uses the local traditions in each country, it emphasizes the international aspects of the movement and the heritage of Baden-Powell and Gilwell Park.
Wood Badge for the 21st Century is intended for all leaders in Scouting – Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. The focus is on leadership, organizational tools, and a variety of activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest in team development theory. In addition, participants will enjoy the fellowship of sharing the experience with volunteer and professional Scouters while having a great deal of just plain fun.
One patrol meeting between weekend one and two at a place of your patrol’s choosing.
Who May Attend Wood Badge?
To attend a Wood Badge course, Scouters must:
- Be registered member of the Boy Scouts of America. (There are no minimum tenure requirements.
- Have not previously attended a Wood Badge course, completed a Wood Badge ticket, and received Wood Badge beads.
- Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting positions1.
- Have completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions.
- Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the BSA class 3 physical is required for all participants.
Note: Individuals who have attended Wood Badge in the past (either Cub Scout Trainers' Wood Badge or Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge) may attend Wood Badge for the 21st Century provided that: (1) They agree to write and work a Wood Badge for the 21st Century ticket; and (2) they agree not to wear Wood Badge beads until they have satisfactorily completed their Wood Badge for the 21st Century ticket.
1Scouting's Basic Leader Training Courses:
- New Leader Essentials - All adult leaders
- Leader specific training for - Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Webelos Leaders, Tiger Cub Leaders, Pack Committee Members, Troop Committee Members, Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, Varsity Scout Coaches and Assistant Coaches or Venturing Leaders
- Commissioner Basic Training for Commissioners
- District Committee Training for District Committee Members
- Council Committee Training or Executive Board orientation for council volunteers (Previous versions of leader training courses are acceptable prerequisites. 2Scouting's Outdoor Skills Training)
- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (required for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity
$225.00 includes all course material, participant notebook, hat, and T-shirt, and all meals for weekend one.
For more information contact Indian Waters Council at 803-750-9868.