Re: Woodbadge Across the World
David Brown (dbrown@PCUG.ORG.AU)
Mon, 13 Mar 1995 11:32:31 +1000
>I am doing some research on how Woodbagde is used in different countries
>and scouting organizations.
>My questions are:
>0) What is your Country and Scout Organization?
Scout Association of Australia
ACT Branch Incorporated (Each State has its own branch)
>1) Does your organization award Woodbadge to its leaders?
>2) What is the process leading to Woodbadge in your country?
A 5 stage process.
Stage 1 is an introduction to Scouting and completion allows the person to
be invested and wear uniform but take no responsibility.
Stage 2 is an inservice stage of visits to other groups in the same section
of scouting. A Scouter has to complete certain questions and be assessed by
another more expereinced scouter as suitable.
Stage 3 is two weekend camps where the scouter is bombarded with policy
papers and programming ideas
After Stage 3 a warrant can be issued which allows the person to be a
responsible scouter ie run a troop etc.
Stage 4 is another two wekend experience. The first weekend is an activity
planned and organised by the trainees. it can be most anything but in the
ACT it has tended to be a weekend of caving and abseiling. It is a 'cross
section' weekend where leaders from Joeys through Commissioners all join
together. The second weekend is single section eg. Scouts. This weekend
covers more motivational , psychological and higher level issues involved in
running a troop.
Stage 5 is an inservice period where the scouter is to complete a 10 hour,
related project, usually dealing with Scout Law and Promise and or program
issues. Concurrently the scouters performance is assessed.
After completion of stage 5, the wood badge is presented.
>3) Is there additional training available after Woodbadge?
yes but on peripheral issues such as pioneerintg, rock related, canoeing
etc. A major short coming of our system is that once a leader is 'trained'
there is little or no follow up.
>4) Is Woodbadge required for some positions?
Not officially but I know of no Commissioners who do not hold one.
>5) Is there Woodbadge training for all age sections?
To hold a warrant in you must have attained a minimum age and it does vary
between sections. I am not 100% on the details but Scouts is 18 and
Venturers is 20. I suspect that Rovers is 26 (ie you need to be too old to
be a Rover) and that Cubs and Joeys are 18. That is voting age in Oz.
>6) How many leaders are there in you organizations?
>7) How many Woodbadges are awarded each year?
I am not in a position, Gino, to answer questions 6 and 7 with any accuracy
and the other questions may be a bit waffly for your needs.
If you would like absoltuely accurate answers, you can snail mail the ACT
Branch as follows:
Chief Executive Officer
Scout Association of Australia, ACT Branch Inc
26 Mort St
Braddon ACT 2600
I hope this was of some help.
61 6 292 1720
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