Re: Expensive Wood Badge fee?
Robert Craig (rcraig@LIBRARY.CARLETON.CA)
Wed, 27 Jul 1994 09:31:01 EDT
> 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.?
Seeing that your message went worldwide (as many international Scouters are
members of this list) I thought I would throw in a Canadian Perspective.
Here in the National Capital Region (Ottawa, Canada) It currently is a
requirement for taking your Part II Woodbadge to have the Part I in the same
section (or by doing a "conversion" course for your Part I). The Part I course
is a Weekend course that covers alot of fundamentals of the section and
Scouting in General. Requirements across the country differ, but there usually
is some form of a time period that should elapse prior to taking your part II.
The reason for this is, of course, to allow you to apply what you have learned
back to your section level. Here in the National Capital Region, we also have
an evening training course "Gateway to Scouting". This 2-3 hour course covers
the basics of Scouting: History, Aim and Principles of Scouts Canada, the
sections, etc. For Scouters in the NCR, it is a requirement to have this course
prior to taking a Part I.
BTW, here in Canada, you do not need to be "invited" to take a woodbadge course.
It is the philosophy of Scouts Canada that a Leader/Scouter who has the
committment and enthusiasm to better work with youth, should be given
every opportunity to take training.
The last time I took a Section Woodbadge (I took my Support Team Woodbadge more
recently...but that is another story!) The fee was around $125-$150 CDN. This
covers our food expenses, our woodbadge scarf (All scarves are ordered by the
National Associations through Geneva...they are about $15 US from what I remembe
from the World Scout Catalog), our Beads (another World Scout Item), our
Training Certificate and parchment (Scouts Canada) and of course any
supplies that are required for the course.
I tend to think of it as "How much would I pay if I went to a corporation's
or a professional training" It's a nice weekend away, you learn things, and
you get up early on Sunday morning for the Polar Bear Swim. But that's another
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> Wes Clark
> (Currently a Webelos Den Leader until his son turns 11)
> Pack/Troop 1538
> Springfield, VA
> George Washington District
> National Capital Area Council
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