Is Wood Badge a stress-free vacation? No, far from it, but the six days you’ll spend in the woods will renew you by testing your limits, improving your personal relationship skills and adding meaning to your volunteer efforts (church, Scouting or elsewhere).
After serving on staff, Bryan Wendell wrote:
Your deluxe six-day, all-inclusive Wood Badge experience comes with decades of Scouting knowledge, a skilled and helpful staff and a guided tour through the entire Scouting program from Tiger Cubs to Venturing. And the price? Less than a single night’s cost at that fancy resort with the pool.
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The Wood Badge story has two chapters.
Chapter 1: The experiential course, which takes place over one six-day week or two three-day weekends and includes leadership classes, games, activities and plenty of meaningful conversations.
Chapter 2: The Wood Badge ticket, a series of five projects (completed after Chapter 1) that benefit a Scouter’s home unit and local community. These ticket items extend the reach of Wood Badge well beyond the six-day course. Fifty participants completing five ticket items each means 250 improvements to Scouting. And that’s just from one course.
Bryan Wendell | Editor, Scouting Magazine
In other words, you might not leave Wood Badge feeling relaxed, but you’re guaranteed to be recharged and ready to tackle any problem your Scouts throw your way. And it just might be the most fun you’ll ever have as a Scout leader (or grown-up).
Used worldwide since B-P introduced it in 1919, Wood Badge is Scouting’s pre-eminent training course for adults. In fact, the leadership skills you learn at Wood Badge include many of the same skills that Fortune 500 companies send their executives to learn at week-long seminars costing as much as $5,000. And guess what, when anyone of those companies want to send someone to one of our courses, all the participant has to do is register as a Scouting volunteer and pay a mere $175, which includes all food and materials.
The value of Wood Badge training is many times the cost, and is a worthwhile investment in yourself. Some employers recognize the value of Wood Badge and will pay or subsidize the cost; some will even give you paid time off to take the course. Some unions will pay or subsidize the cost. The American Legion offers Wood Badge scholarships for members. Many wards and stakes will pay or subsidize the cost, since they will benefit from your Wood Badge training.
Nine of our 11 courses are come and gone, or are full, but it’s not too late to register for one of two fall courses. The first covers two consecutive weekends (1st weekend Thursday through Saturday, 2nd weekend Thursday through Saturday) and the second is week long. This gives you two choices:
|September 10-12 & 17-19||Tifie Scout Camp at Mt. Dell Scout Ranch||Mike Terry /
Fillmore Stake / Nephi Stake / Nephi North Stake / Delta Stake / Delta West Stake
|September 21-26||Bacon Park||Don DeCamp /
Vernal Maeser, Altamont Stakes
Though both of these courses are LDS Stake hosted, everyone of any faith or location may attend.
Training centers on five central themes, each delivered as experiential training. Those themes and the presentations are as follows:
■ Living the Values. Values, Mission, and Vision
■ Bringing the Vision to Life. Listening to Learn; Communication; Leveraging Diversity Through Inclusiveness; Generations in Scouting; Coaching and Mentoring
■ Models for Success. Stages of Team Development; The Leading EDGE™/ The Teaching EDGE™
■ Tools of the Trade. Project Planning; Leading Change; Decision Making and Problem Solving; Managing Conflict; Self-Assessment
■ Leading to Make a Difference. Servant Leadership; Leaving a Legacy
The fact is, you can find most of the leadership lessons taught at Wood Badge in the self-help section of your local bookstore. But those books lack the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law and they don’t include Scouting-specific connections that convert abstract leadership lessons into something you can actually use.
So what is holding you back? Register today!