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Wood Badge

What's this Wood Badge you keep hearing about? Well...

Wood Badge began in 1919, when Baden-Powell took Scout leaders to Gilwell Park for advanced leader training. Wood Badge came to America in 1948 and has since evolved to become the BSA’s premier leadership training event for adult Scouters. Wood Badge teaches contemporary leadership skills in an outdoor setting. Its 5 central themes are:
• Models for Success
• Bringing the Vision to Life
• Leading to Make a Difference
• Tools of the Trade
• Living the Values


"OK," you say, "but Why Wood Badge?"
  • Scouts will benefit. You will learn leadership skills that will enhance the Scouting program.
  • You will have fun. Wood Badge brings out the best in all of us. You will make lifelong scouting friends and have the time of your life!
  • The lessons learned in Wood Badge extend to areas outside of Scouting. The principles learned in this course will assist you in your family, academic, and professional lives.
Wood Badge is advanced training in leadership skills for all adults in BSA programs. Not only Cub Scouters, but also leaders in Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and commissioner service are invited to participate in Wood Badge. BSA encourages all leaders to attend Wood Badge within two years of registering as an adult leader.

This advanced training is presented in two parts:
  • An advanced learning experience presented over two long (three-day) weekends or as a week-long course.
  • An application phase of several months during which the leaders apply the specific skills they have learned at Wood Badge to their Scouting responsibilities.
Leaders who successfully complete both parts of the training are recognized with the Wood Badge beads, woggle slide, and neckerchief.

To be eligible for an invitation to participate in Wood Badge training, Cub Scout leaders must first complete Basic Leader Training. Your pack trainer, Cubmaster, unit commissioner, or council service center can give you more information.

The Etowah District does not offer Wood Badge training, but is excited to recommend the Northeast Georgia Council's Wood Badge program. Please click here to view more information on the council's session.



     
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