Re: Expensive Wood Badge fee?
Charles Schmidt (schmidt@UNIX1.IS.TCU.EDU)
Wed, 27 Jul 1994 09:47:58 CDT
Concerning the cost of Wood Badge training, in the Longhorn Council, the
cost is also $100. When I took the course in 1985 it was $80.
Inflation has surely been greater than that.
I served as assistant quartermaster on the spring course here (SR-77),
and was involved at most stages of spending that money. In addition to
meals for three weekends (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, eight dinners) there
are numerous snacks and cracker barrels, course material, and supplies
to be bought. The fee also covers name tags and learners scarves and,
on completion of the ticket, purchases the beads, scarf and woggle. In
this council, the staff pays $30. to cover meals for the many staff
development sessions and the weekend. We do not charge staff for the
course itself, so some of the money pays for staff meals.
Believe me, it is not that much money. The size of the course makes a
difference. For a course of fourty or so, there is a good deal of
economy of scale. We had 33 on our course and money was tight. (Policy
requires 32 to make a course).
It is often suggested that the troop make some commitment to training
its leaders, and paying part of the fee is one way of doing that. I
urge you to find a way to take the course. It will be one of the best
uses of $100 you have ever found. Not only is the training useful for
both scouting and your personal life, Wood Badge is a fabulous time. Go
Regal Eagle, SC-283
Coach Counselor - SC-421
Asst. Quartermaster - SR-77
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