Wood Badge is the premier training program for adult leaders in all Scouting programs – Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing leaders, as well as district and council leaders. The course is designed to train participants in the latest BSA leadership skills & techniques, as well as team development processes, all based on the mission and values of Scouting.
There are two parts of the Wood Badge experience:
The first part consists of six days (two weekends) of practical experience in an outdoor setting. You will have opportunity to learn skills and concepts that underlie the five core themes of Wood Badge.
The second part is an application phase of several months during which you apply the specific skills learned during the practical experience to your specific role in Scouting (“the ticket”).
When you have successfully completed both parts of the experience, you are presented with the Wood Badge beads, woggle, and neckerchief.
Wood Badge is open to all leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. It has been developed for leaders in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing programs. It is also applicable for Scout leaders who hold district or council positions. Registered youth older than 18 may also participate in the course.
To attend a Wood Badge course, Scout leaders must:
1. Be registered members of the BSA. (There are no minimum tenure requirements)
2. Complete the basic training requirements for their Scouting position.
3. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Participants will be in tents in a camp setting.
4. All participants are required to successfully complete the BSA Annual Health & Medical record form that does not expire prior to the end of the course.
The Colonial Virginia Council’s fall 2014 Wood Badge course will be held at the Bayport Scout Reservation near Jamaica, VA in two sessions that are each three days in duration:
· The first session runs from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21, 2014.
· The second session runs from Saturday, October 4 through Monday, October 6, 2014.
Course sessions run from 7:00 am on the first day until approximately 5:00 pm on the last day of each session. Between the two scheduled weekends, participants will meet at least once in a small group at a time and place of their choosing. Participants must attend all sessions to successfully complete the course.
The participant fee for the fall 2014 Wood Badge course is $250 per participant. This includes all meals for the first weekend, as well as program supplies and a course activity shirt and hat. The second weekend of the course, each team chooses and prepares their group’s food in camp, the cost of which is included in the course fee. The fee also covers national and council fees, insurance, instructional support materials, and your Wood Badge regalia (upon completion of your ticket).
A deposit of $50 is required to reserve a spot as a participant. The first 48 fully paid Scout leaders are guaranteed to be a participant with this course.
Full payment is due on or before August 15, 2014.
The course fee will be reduced by $35 as an Early Bird discount if fully paid by Friday, 1 Aug 2014
Fall 2014 Course Dates
Session #1 weekend Sept 19-20-21
Session #2 weekend Oct 4-5-6
Bayport Scout Reservation, Jamaica, VA