Wood Badge Course Overview
Wood Badge for the 21st century is for all Scout leaders. It has been developed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. Its focus is on leadership, not outdoor skills. The following information is designed to provide you with key information about the training. Scouter Leaders must complete the basic training courses for their Scout position and have completed the outdoor skills training appropriate for their Scouting position.
The first part of 21st Century Wood Badge course reflects on unit meetings, while the second part of the course uses camping activity as its delivery model. During Wood Badge, the model Boy Scout troop will serve as a laboratory for training purposes. The first three days are the Troop meeting and the last three days is the outdoor experience. This is done for several reasons:
- The Boy Scout troop simulation provides a good framework in which to practice the leadership skills introduced in the course.
- Boy Scouting provides a natural bridge between the various programs in Scouting, and leaders should understand the importance of transition.
- It would be difficult and most likely confusing to simultaneously model Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing in one course.
The Objectives of Wood Badge
Wood Badge has four specific objectives: As a result of attending Wood Badge, participants will be able to:
- View Scouting globally, it is a family of interrelated, values-based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth.
- Recognize the contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and leading government organizations that are relevant to our values-based movement.
- Apply the skills they learn from their participation as a member of a successful working team.
- Revitalize their commitment by sharing in an overall inspirational experience that helps provide Scouting with the leadership it needs to accomplish its mission on an ongoing basis.
Wood Badge Five Central Themes
The themes that follow encapsulate the course content of Wood Badge for the Twenty-First Century.
1. Living the Values
—Values, Mission, and Vision
—Aims and Methods
2. Bringing the Vision to Life
—Listening to Learn
—Giving and Receiving Feedback
—Valuing People & Leveraging Diversity
—Coaching and Mentoring
3. Models for Success
—Team Development Model
4. Tools of the Trade
—Assessing Team Performance
—Celebrating Team Success
5. Leading to Make a Difference
—Leaving a Legacy
—Learning the Greatest Leadership Secret
Grand Canyon Council offers numerous courses throughout the year at different locations & different times. A variety of schedules are offered with Thursday-Saturday two weekend courses, Friday-Sunday two weekend courses or weeklong Monday thru Saturday courses. Course fees are $215 for this 6 day 5 night course.
Course sizes are limited to 48 therefore early registrations are recommended. A minimum of 30 course members must be registered, with full fees paid, 30 days before the opening day of the course. For more information contact any of the named Course Directors.