Re: Woodbadge Across the World
Lewis P. Orans (LPORANS@I-LINK.NET)
Sun, 12 Mar 1995 19:16:57 -0600
It is a pleasure to reply to your post on Wood Badge in different countries.
I am writing from the perspective of Scouting in the USA.
Responses to your questions follow:
0) What is your Country and Scout Organization?
Country: United States of America.
Scout Association: Boy Scouts of America.
1) Does your organization award Woodbadge to its leaders?
2) What is the process leading to Woodbadge in your country?
There are two courses of Wood Badge training in the BSA.
--The first is known as Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge.
This course is for adult leaders involved in the Boy Scout
program (Boys aged 11-17). Its primary focus is on Scoutmasters,
Assistant Scoutmasters and other leaders giving support to Boy
Scout troop program. My responses will focus on that program
(as it is the one I am most familiar with).
-- The second program is known as Cub Scout Trainers Wood Badge.
This is conducted regionally (our national organization is administered
through 4 geographic regions). Each region conducts several courses
each year. Participants are invited based on the nomination of their
local Council. Perhaps someone else on the List will provide
more details on the Cub course.
BOY SCOUT LEADER WOOD BADGE
The BSA program was recently revised. Here is the statement of
objectives quoted from the new syllabus:
The Objectives of Wood Badge
The overall objective of Wood Badge is to provide participants
with a meaningful experience in Scouting that will enhance
their knowledge and create a deeper understanding of their role
and responsibilities as a leader.
Wood Badge has five specific objectives:
--Helping each participant understand what it means to "Deliver
the Promise" of Scouting to boys.
--Helping participants understand their role in making Scouting
"a Special Place" and in bringing the values of Scouting
through to boys.
7 Giving participants a basic understanding of leadership
skills, the application of those skills to developing youth
leaders, and the confidence to let boys lead.
7 Giving participants practical experience in living, learning
and working in a group. This provides important insights into
the patrol method and the way Scouts learn and work together.
7 Giving participants practical experience in the reflection
process and the ability to use reflection to help boys make
sense out of their experiences. This also provides meaningful
insights into using reflection to create an atmosphere of trust
and openness in Scouting.
WOOD BADGE ORGANIZATION
Wood Badge is conducted in two phases. The FIRST PHASE takes place
in a troop setting in Scout Camp. The course runs for one-week
or may be offered over three weekends.
Each training troop consists of several patrols. A minimum of
32 adult Scouters is required to hold a course. There is a
suggested maximum of 64 (8 leaders in 8 patrols).
The course is open to all Scouters who have completed the basic
training program of the BSA (in two parts -- a video course
called Boy Scout Leader Fast Start and a three session course
(one evening, one full day - usually a Saturday, and one
weekend in camp) call Scoutmastership Fundamentals.
The course focuses on the skills of leadership (a reasonably
advanced developmental model including exposue to 11 specific
skills of leadership, on Scoutcraft (some basics, some
advanced, plus the skills acquired working with others in a
patrol in camp), on issues such as recruitment, youth
development, bringing the values of Scouting through to boys,
recruiting and so forth. Their is also a wealth of program
activity in the course to serve as a valuable resource to all
the leaders attending.
The SECOND PHASE is known as the TICKET. This is an individual
pledge of performance each participant makes to apply what he
or she has learned. A member of the course staff will serve as
a Ticket Counselor for a period of up to two years (the maximum
time to complete the Ticket).
After the completion of the Ticket, the Scouter is presented
with the Wood Badge Beads (2 in this case), a Woggle (leather
turks head knot slide) and the Wood Badge Neckerchief (Scarf).
3) Is there additional training available after Woodbadge?
There are other training courses offered, but they are not
offered as a before or after Wood Badge matter. Most anyone can
take advanced training offered Nationally as long as their job
in Scouting is related to the training.
Wood Badge is viewed as the "ultimate" training course for Boy
Scout leaders. Yet you will see Wood Badge Scouters deeply
involved in all forms of training within Scouting. It is
probably fair to state that the majority of adult trainers in
Scouting here are Wood Badge trained.
The only course that requires Wood Badge training per se is
Wood Badge itself. To staff the course you must have earned
4) Is Woodbadge required for some positions?
Other than for Wood Badge Staff, Wood Badge is not an official
requirement for any position in Scouting. It is however most
likely that those involved in training are Wood Badgers.
5) Is there Woodbadge training for all age sections?
As mentioned above, the major Wood Badge effort is in Boy
Scouting. Wood Badge for Cub Scouting is limited to trainers.
There is no equivalent course in our Explorer program (Boys and
6) How many leaders are there in you organizations?
Nationally there are well over 1 million adult leaders. To
give you an example at the local level ... My Council covers
Houston Texas and several surrounding counties. We have 80,000
youth members and about 30,000 adults. (We are one of the
largest councils in the USA -- either 1st or 2nd after New
7) How many Woodbadges are awarded each year?
There are approxiamtely 175 courses held each year with
approximately 5,000 to 6,000 attending. While I do not have an
exact number, I would imagine it must be about 90% of those
8) If there are women leaders in your associations, are they allowed to
receive the Woodbadge?
Women leaders in Boy Scouting are eligible for all rights and
privileges of the program. Not only may they earn the Wood
Badge, but in our current course here in Houston both the
Course Director (Scoutmaster) and Quartermaster are women.
They are also great Scouters.
I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to respond with any
questions you may have.
I have been personally active in Wood Badge at both the local
and National level and believe the information provided is
both current and accurate.
Yours in Scouting,
Sam Houston Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
Wood Badge Class of 1975.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City