The Wood Badge experience is for all Scouters, including men and women Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and Varsity leaders. There is no tenure requirement. The focus of Wood Badge is leadership skills and team building; you need not be an expert in outdoor skills.
Improve Your Team Leadership Skills
Participants take part in engaging discussions, thoughtful presentations, inspirational ceremonies, fun games, and projects. The wide variety of activities and experiences are designed to develop:
Values, Vision, Mission Leadership Styles
Effective Listening Leading Change
Leveraging Diversity Problem Solving
Team Development Decision Making
Effective Communication Managing Conflict
Project Planning Coaching and Mentoring
Wood Badge Recognition
The Wood Badge beads and neckerchief are internationally recognized. Participants receive their Wood Badge certificate, beads, neckerchief, and woggle upon completion of a personal ticket. The ticket is a contract with yourself; it consists of five goals that you set. You must finish your ticket within 18 months of completing the course.
Even if you have participated on a Wood Badge course in the past, you are welcome to attend again! The revised Wood Badge for the 21st Century was introduced in 2002. If you earned your beads in the previous course, you will benefit all over again from participating in Wood Badge, and you will have the same great fun! Contact the Course Director for more details.
College Credit • CEU • PDU
Wood Badge training qualifies you for professional advancement credits. Many employers recognize Wood Badge as useful training. You will have a choice of presenting your employer with three Continuing Education Units (CEU) or three Professional Development Units (PDU). College credit may also be available; contact the Course Director.
Course Schedule • WE1-697-14
Wood Badge 2014 takes place at Camp Baker on Siltcoos Lake, ten minutes south of Florence, Oregon.
Check-in: Thursday - May 8 - 8:00am
Adjourn: Saturday - May 10 - 5:00pm
Return: Thursday - May 29 - 8:00am
Closes: Saturday - May 31 - 5:00pm
During the first half of the course, the practical training will take place in an indoor environment with some outdoor activities. Meals will be prepared by the staff in the dining hall. Accommodations will be provided in cabins or Adirondack shelters.
During the mid-course patrol meeting participants must meet as a patrol at least once between the two weekends, scheduled by the participants.
The application training during the second half takes place mostly outdoors in rustic overnight campsites. Participants and staff will camp in tents two nights. Meals will be prepared by the patrols in their campsites. Camping training for the application phase will be provided during the first half. A staff member will contact you before the course to help you be prepared and to arrange for any special needs.
Course Fee & Equipment
The fee for Wood Badge 2014 is $221 or $250 after April 1st. This covers all training materials, equipment, lodging, and food. Some scholarship aid may be available; contact the Course Director.
At least one full Scout uniform of your current position is required dress for the course. Scouting T-shirts are appropriate for some activities. Course t-shirts are available for an additional $17.
Participants also provide
...personal clothing appropriate for coastal weather.
...personal gear appropriate for staying in cabins for four nights.
...camping gear for two nights. (A detailed equipment list and expert coaching is provided before the course.)
...computer (laptop, tablet, or other device) for taking notes.