Whether you are a seasoned Scouting veteran, or new to the program, Wood Badge will teach you skills that will benefit every aspect of your life.
What is Wood Badge?
Wood Badge is a 5-day leadership course held by Councils across the country and led by some of the most knowledgeable leaders in the area. The course is broken into two weekends where you will be teamed with other Scouters of varying experience and unit types in a blended learning environment. It won’t teach your role in Scouting, but it will teach you how to do that role better. That and it is just plain fun!
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What will I learn?
As part of my job, I spend a lot time in training every year, both training being trained. I have attended two-day Dale Carnegie courses held in stuffy hotel ballrooms on leadership costing upwards of $2000, and have to say that among all the courses that I’ve ever taken, Wood Badge was one of the most instructive and empowering
As an executive manager, I have built teams around the globe and I can promise you that Wood Badge is intensely thought-provoking! It exposes and explains by demonstration elements of social and behavioral science that we’re all sort of familiar with but choose to ignore when we need them. It’s so compelling that grown adults are routinely reduced to laughter, tears, and sometimes even anger. I have taken training that covered these topics before and never thought the level of intensity was possible until I was a participant and then on staff. Some of the overarching themes that are explored are Servant Leadership, Vision/Mission/Values, Communicating Effectively, and Including and Optimizing Diverse Talent.
The course was most recently re-written by Ken Blanchard, one of the 25 best-selling authors of all time, and is continuously updated with the modern pedagogy of leadership science. This is not just another Scout training. I can’t say enough positive things about this experience, and I can’t underemphasize the course’s broad applicability to all adults, regardless of your role, if any, in Scouting.
In my case, it helped that I had some outstanding Scouters in my course with me. We had two Den Leaders from our Pack sign up and it was wonderful to bring back what we learned and tag team improvement in the Dens and the overall Pack. We rolled out some fun and exciting meeting plans and our Pack has grown 100% in the last 2 years. I credit that to Wood Badge.
I have used the lessons learned in Wood Badge to help in my career. As a Quality director, managing conflict and communicating effectively have help me improve the bottom line by building teams to remove the cause of defects in the manufacturing process.
Who should attend?
In short, everyone! Wood Badge is intended for all leaders in Scouting: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Sea Scouts, Venturing and council and district leaders. The focus is on leadership, not any one aspect of the Scouting program. Like I said at the top of this article, it won’t teach you how to do your role in Scouting, but it will make you better at that role. The object is to demonstrate the aims and methods of Scouting through the presentation of leadership skills, 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.
By signing up for Wood Badge, you will have a tremendous opportunity to:
- Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth.
- Recognize contemporary leadership concepts used in America and discover how those concepts are relevant to our values-based movement.
- Apply the skills you learn from your participation as a member of a successful working team.
- Revitalize your commitment to Scouting by sharing in an experience that helps to provide Scouting with renewed leadership to accomplish its mission.
Wood Badge revitalized my commitment to Scouting and was one of the best decisions I have made in the last decade. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands. In return, Wood Badge participants have positively affected the lives of millions of America’s youth.
When is Wood Badge?
The course will be conducted at Bear Creek in Hunt TX, the jewel of the Councils camps in two weekend sessions: Friday March 20 through Sunday March 22nd and Saturday April 18th through Sunday 19th.
You must attend and participate all five days, and after the course you will do some projects to help your unit and Scouting in general. You design the projects and complete them within the 18 months after the course.
If there’s any way you could possibly fit this experience into your schedule, you’ll be exceptionally pleased that you did!
If you have any other questions or would like to talk about how it can help you, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are ready to sign up, follow this link and do so before the course fills: https://www.alamoareabsa.org/leadership-training/wood-badge-training/