Wood Badge for the 21st Century Course
2013 Course Dates: To Be Announced
What is Wood Badge?
Wood Badge is an advanced, residential leadership training opportunity for adult volunteers in Scouting.
Activities: the Central Themes of Wood Badge
- Living the Values: mission, aims, methods, and values of Scouting
- Bringing the Vision to Life: listening to learn, communicating, feedback, leveraging diversity, coaching and mentoring
- Models for Success: team formation and development, situational leadership
- Tools of the Trade: project planning, problem-solving, managing conflicts, assessing performance, leading change
- Leading to Make A Difference: leaving a legacy
Since 1919, when Britain’s Chief Scout Robert Baden-Powell presented the first wood badges to twenty Scoutmasters at Gilwell Park, near London, over 100,000 leaders around the world have completed the course. For over fifty years Scout leaders in the United States have completed an American version of Wood Badge.
What is the purpose of Wood Badge?
The goal is to enhance each leader’s team development, program planning, and problem-solving skills. Each course also creates a network of dedicated Scout leaders.
Who can attend Wood Badge training?
Scouters who have completed basic training and are interested in improving the Scouting program to which they provide leadership. Designed for Cub Scout, Webelos and Boy Scout leaders, coaches and advisers to Venturing crews, as well as the Commissioners and Council and District committees that support them, Wood Badge for the 21st Century brings volunteers from all of Scouting’s programs together in one course.
Volunteers who have completed basic training for their current Scouting position qualify to attend. Leaders active in packs, troops, Varsity teams and Venturing crews in the South Texas Council are invited to attend.
What’s expected following the practical training weekends?
Leaders must apply the concepts studied and the skills learned to improving the Scouting unit, District or program in which they currently serve. This is your “ticket” to receiving the Wood Badge beads.