The Viking Council Training Committee announces
the offering of a Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge course for 2001!
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What is Wood Badge?
WOOD BADGE is the advanced training program of Boy Scouting. It
is designed especially for Scoutmasters and other leaders directly related to the program
of a Boy Scout troop. This is intended to include Assistant Scoutmasters, Members of the
Troop Committee, and district volunteers who work with and assist troops.
Wood Badge training has two parts. The first is an outdoor
experience where the Scouter lives as a member of a patrol, practices the skills of
leadership and Scoutcraft, and learns how these can be used with boys. The second part of
Wood Badge is the application of what has been learned. Each participant writes a
"ticket," a contract with himself as to how the new skills will be put to work.
Purpose of Wood Badge
The Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge course purpose is to aid
experienced Boy Scout troop leaders in providing a quality program that will enable each
Scout to grow to his greatest potential.
History of Wood Badge
In 1911, four years after Scouting began in Great Britain, Lord
Baden-Powell began training Scouters through a series of lectures. This led to the first
Wood Badge training course for Scoutmasters held eight years later at Gilwell Park near
London. In 1936, an experimental Wood Badge course was conducted in the United States at
the Schiff Scout Reservation. Later, the program was extended to include troop committee
members, commissioners, and Explorer leaders.
Experiments began in the late 1960s with a leadership development
Wood Badge course emphasizing eleven leadership skills of "competencies." This
program was launched in 1972 in support of a major revision of the Boy Scout phase of the
program. In 1978, an evaluation of the Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge course revealed a need
for greater emphasis on the practical aspects of good troop operation. The course now
provides a blend of Scoutcraft skills and practical troop operation, mixed with a variety
of leadership exercises. The course is under constant review for possible areas of further
Wood Badge Curriculum
The Wood Badge course involves leaders in situations likely to
be found in a typical Boy Scout troop. The training is applied in a variety of Scoutcraft
activities as well as in an in-depth exploration of the role of the adult leader in
developing youth through Boy Scouting.
The Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge course at Viking Council is
conducted on a series of three weekends with patrol meetings between each session.
The Wood Badge program consists of two parts : practical training
and application. The practical leadership experience is given during the three weekends.
At the conclusion of those weekends, each participant has a minimum of six months and a
maximum of two years following the practical portion to complete the application phase and
meet all of the goals that they set for themselves.
A part of the practical training is the development of a
"ticket." This ticket is a written agreement to apply the knowledge gained
during the course in specific ways in service to Boy Scouting. A "ticket
counselor" is appointed from the staff to provide assistance and guidance as the
three parts of the ticket are developed.
Who Can Attend
Each Scouter invited to participate in Boy Scout Leader Wood
Badge training must have completed Boy Scout leader basic training, Scoutmastership
Scouters should complete the councils course application and
submit that application to the Council Service Center as soon as possible.
Wood Badge Recognition
Upon successful completion of the ticket, the participant is
entitled to receive the Wood Badge recognition. This consists of a certificate, the Wood
Badge beads (two wooden beads on a leather thong), a tan neckerchief with a swatch of
MacLaren tartan, and a leather woggle (neckerchief slide). This is the same recognition
traditionally given for Wood Badge and proudly worn by thousands of Scouters around the
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