What is "Wood Badge"?  Leadership skills training for adult Scouters in all programs, from Cubs through Venturing

Who is it for?  You! If you have completed basic training for your Scouting position, then Wood Badge is for you. Everyone should attend Wood Badge within 2 years of completing their basic position training. This includes Cub, Boy Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout leaders; committee members at the unit, district, and council level; and even Scouting professionals.

Why should I attend?  Wood Badge teaches practical leadership skills including better communications, conflict management, team development, project planning, and more. It does so while demonstrating how Scouts and Scouters work together in a fun camp setting. The skills you gain from Wood Badge give you a common leadership framework to use through all Scouting programs, as well as in your job, church, community, and family. Wood Badge is useful, fun, and inspiring. People who have been trained professionally, such as in the military or business, as well as professional trainers, frequently remark that Wood Badge delivers first class leadership training more effectively than other training they have had. In addition, you will meet and work with Scouters from all over our council who can answer questions, discuss problems, share experiences, and become contacts you can call on for years.

What does it cost?

The primary cost is your time. Wood Badge is a 6 day program delivered over 2 weekends. That's a lot of time, but it's worth it. Most people have to take time off work or away from family, so you need to build Wood Badge into your plans, and the sooner you can attend the better. The course fee is $245, which covers all meals and program materials. Get two or more to come from your unit and get a group discount! This is an extremely small fraction of the cost of any equivalent course outside of Scouting. Some companies may even pay for training too!  If the fee is a financial challenge, let us know.

Where is it held?  Chief Seattle Council has two Wood Badge courses this year, both held over two weekends, Friday – Sunday.  The Spring course will be held at Camps Edward and Pigott April 27-29 and May 18-20. The Fall course will be held at Camp Pigott September 28-30 and October 12-14.  Both camps are north of Monroe in Snohomish County.

How do I get more information and/or register? Click here for more information and to register online today!  You can also contact either of the course directors: the Spring course director is Dale Rae and the Fall course director is Bonnie Stafford.   The Spring course is filling up fast so if you want to attend that one, don’t delay!  Go online and register today!

Personally, I think every unit should send AT LEAST one Scouter to Wood Badge every year.  Plan on it.  Budget for it if you need to.  The return on your investment for your unit’s program over time and the benefit to the youth that we all serve will be well worth it.  If you have already been to Wood Badge, you know how it can make a difference.  Get someone from your unit to go!  Tell them your story!

In the end, you have to decide whether it is worth it for you.  What is your vision for success in your scouting role?  Are you content with average?  Are you just biding your time?  Or do you want to ensure that you are being the best leader for our youth that you can be? But don’t take my word for it.  Here is what some recent Wood Badge graduates had to say:

“This was a very impressive program, I truly want to share it with all the adult leaders in my pack. “

“I was unsure about signing up for this course, the commitment, what is the value?  Now, I do not have enough space to describe how valuable this experience has been.  It has been a life changing experience that will not only help me in scouting but also in my family, at work, and in my church callings, as well as any other aspect in my life that is to come. Thank you all!”

“I was blown away with all the aspects of this course!”

 “The fact that the program is in an outdoor setting with enthusiastic staff really sets the positive tone.”

 “Better than any management course I have ever taken.  Every element I can take back to my unit.”

 “My only regret is that I did not take this course sooner!”

 Have more questions?  We have answers and would be happy to talk with you and help you take that next big step! We're looking forward to seeing you at Wood Badge!

Dale Rae Course Director / Scoutmaster Spring 2018 Wood Badge Course W1-609-18-1 Chief Seattle Council dale@dfrae.com  http://www.seattlebsa.org/woodbadge (for more information) http://www.seattlebsa.org/new/?controller=event&eventId=545&task=register (to register)