Re: LDS Wood Badge
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 10 Aug 1992 09:32:53 CDT
> I have investigated the availability of a Wood Badge course for LDS scouters.
> The "definitive" answer I received indicates that there is no official
> LDS Wood Badge course; however, it is possible for scouters to have a
> Wood Badge course with an LDS orientation.
--HOWEVER - those in our council (Chicago) and Northeast Illinois DO
attend, and receive beads from the LDS Woodbadge course. By reports from
those attending, we find the SAME thing as the rest of our program -- the
Mormon course is an adaptation of our B.S. Woodbadge, adapted to the Mormon
practises of BSA which have, in many cases, been approved exceptions just
for that faith.
By the end of the day (today) I will have the location, and dates of the
1993 Woodbadge (LDS) course near me.
All Woodbadge, gentlemen and ladies, is basically the same -- whether it be
BS, CS, Exploring, LDS, Varsity. Woodbadge is indeed "woodbadge." The
same skills are taught; each type of course is an adaptation to the program
for which it is meant. AND since the LDS program of BSA is different in
many ways, so is the woodbadge course.
There are in fact the following:
Walking Woodbadge (Philmont) -
Rafting Wood Badge(experimental) -
Canoe Wood Badge (experimental) -
The 1st Wood Badge course run by the Boy Scouts o America opened at the
Schiff Scout Reservation at Mendham, N.J. on July 31, 1948. (A Scout
Reservation I had the priveledge of attending for two weekend training
courses before they sold off the property).
30 men were on course by SPECIAL INVITATION of th Chief Scout Executive
from 12 states - Indiana, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, New
Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, Rhode Island, and
The staff was made up of William Harcourt , Scoutmaster; Joseph M. Thomas,
senior patrol leader; William C. Wessel, scribe; Frank W. braden and
Willaim E. Lawrence, special instructors; and Marshall Spaan as
Hope this helps -- there IS only one actual WOODBADGE format, just many
variations of the same, determines by program emphasis. BUT - there ARE
course syllabi for all of them.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City