Wood Badge is the advanced leadership training program for adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. Established in 1919 by Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder, Wood Badge has been the training ground for hundreds of thousands of Scouters around the world. As the challenges in the world have changed, Wood Badge has also evolved to give leaders the skills they need to strengthen Scouting in meaningful ways. Building on the past, understanding the present, and looking to the future, Wood Badge for the 21st Century stands ready to provide leadership for Scouting and leadership for America.
The Wood Badge for the 21st Century course brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting–Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing–and all levels of Boy Scouts of America professional staff. Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, the course also draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.
Participants in the Wood Badge for the 21st Century attend a six-day course offered in the Gulf Ridge Council as two sessions of three days each (most often scheduled over two weekends). Course attendees begin their Wood Badge experience as Cub Scouts, then bridge into Boy Scouting and form patrols for the remainder of the program. Representing a month in the life of a Scout unit, Wood Badge participants assume leadership roles to plan and carry out an extended outdoor experience.
Within this framework, participants take part in numerous presentations, discussions, and activities that explore and advance a wide range of leadership philosophies and tools. A key area of exploration is the process of team development. By recognizing the stages through which developing teams must pass, participants will learn to apply appropriate leadership strategies that enable teams to reach their highest levels of performance.
All course participants will become familiar, both in theory and in practice, with the points of view of Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. The Wood Badge staff will expand upon that shared vision by guiding participants through three days of presentations and activities that parallel three weeks of a Scout units’ meetings and activities. The final three days of the course parallel the experiences of a Scout unit setting out on the fourth week of a month for an exciting and challenging outdoor experience.
Wood Badge 2014
Adult Leaders! Is it time for you to take the next step in training? Have you satisfied all of the training for your current position? Are you looking toward your next position of leadership? Now’s the time to step up and complete your training by taking Wood Badge! One course remains in 2014. If you missed out on the spring course, get your registration form (linked below) in now and get this on your calendar!
When: Sept. 19—21 and Oct. 11—13
Where: Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation, 1201 Boy Scout Camp Rd., Lake Wales 33898
Cost: $200 course fee, with $50 deposit due with registration form (click link below)
For more information, please contact Tony Rabago, Staff Advisor, by email or phone, (813) 872-2691 ext. 136.