Re: Expensive Wood Badge fee?
James R. Holman (jrholman@MAGNUS.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Wed, 27 Jul 1994 08:49:10 -0600
In message Wed, 27 Jul 1994 08:13:12 -0400,
Wes Clark <wclark@PIONEER.USPTO.GOV> writes:
> I just got an invitation in the mail to enter Wood Badge training this
> Fall. Apparently somebody - I don't know who - removed the requirement to
> have been a registered scouter with a troop for at least two years.
> ("Participants must have completed Fast Start and Scoutmastership
> Fundamentals, the basic training courses, and must be registered with a
> troop. The George Washington District Training Chairman will be asked to
> verify your training and eligibility for Wood Badge.") Under these rules,
> I am eligible to register.
> Problem is, there's a $100.00 fee. I don't remember this from previous
> years (maybe I was just unaware of it), and, frankly, I think the cost is
> prohibitive. I won't spend $100.00 of my money - it's needed for other
> things - and it's more than I could ever ask my small troop to fork over
> for. So, I guess I do without.
> Are the participation requirements and the fee in line with what the rest
> of you have elsewhere in the U.S.?
> Wes Clark
> (Currently a Webelos Den Leader until his son turns 11)
> Pack/Troop 1538
> Springfield, VA
> George Washington District
> National Capital Area Council
The fee for most WoodBadge courses around here (North Central Ohio) is $150.
Generally, if you register early you get a $25 or so break. Consider that
the fee covers 7 days worth of activities, food, etc, and you'll find that
the sponsoring council loses money even at the $150 level. If you check
around, you might find 'scholarship' funds available. Also, the
registration fee is just the first step -- there's the additional shirt
you'll want (unless you want to strip one of your current ones), extra
equipment you think you might need, a good excuse to buy that new backpack
you've been eyeing, etc. etc. The monetary investment is small potatoes
compared to the TIME investment, however. The seven days is just the first
step. But, it's worth it.
I used to be a bear....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City