Re: Woodbadge Across the World.
Olaf Tuinder (O.N.E.Tuinder@FYS.RUU.NL)
Thu, 16 Mar 1995 11:17:33 +0100
>Date: Sun, 12 Mar 1995 19:49:35 +0000
Hello Gino and others,
Have you already received an answer from one of the Dutch
Internet-scouters to your request for information on Woodbadge-
courses all over the world?
If you do: That's fine.
If you don't: maybe this can help.
0) What is your Country and Scout Organization?
Country: The Netherlands.
Scout Organiation: Scouting Nederland.
1) Does your organization award Woodbadge to its leaders?
Yes, Woodbadge is one of the training courses available for
leaders. We call it the 'Gilwell-cursus'.
2) What is the process leading to Woodbadge in your country?
A scouter who attends Woodbadge usually has some background
in the organisation. He/She has attended his basics-course
(if before 1990) or start-training and programme-training
However, this is not required for Woodbadge. In some cases
there were people from outside the organisation (non-
scouters) attending the course.
The course itself is divided into two parts: a week (6
days) of training; and after a few months: a weekend to
discuss the projects and complete the course. In the months
between the first week and the weekend you have to work on
your 'personal project' (Dutch: Persoonlijke Opdracht).
Some courses split the week up into several weekends (such
as management, as far as I know).
The Woodbadge course aims to improve your leadership
capabilities, your Scouting Skills, and your Character in
3) Is there additional training available after Woodbadge?
No. There is no specific additional training *after*
Woodbadge. Leaders can attend (and is encouraged to go to)
other kinds of training courses. You are never too old to
4) Is Woodbadge required for some positions?
I do not think Woodbadge is required for any position in
our organisation, but Woodbadge can be prefered for some
positions (like some positions at the Jamboree). The only
exception: Woodbadge Staff.
5) Is there Woodbadge training for all age sections?
There are different Woodbadge courses but the training
itself is not separated in to age-sections.
Courses we have:
Leadership (Dutch: Leidinggeven)
Leadership for sea-scouts (all)
(Dutch: Leidinggeven / op en rond het water)
Conduct (?) (Dutch: Begeleiden)
Outdoor-activity / Leaderschip
(Dutch: Buitensport / Leidinggeven)
Management (Dutch: is the same word ;-) )
(I hope my translations are a bit accurate...)
6) How many leaders are there in you organizations?
Say, about 30.000 leaders.
7) How many Woodbadges are awarded each year?
Season 1994-1995 : 6 courses, of each 24 (max.?) attending.
That will make a total of 150 Woodbadges a year.
8) If there are women leaders in your associations, are they
allowed to receive the Woodbadge?
Yes, of course!!!
Scouting in The Netherlands is co-ed. Both male and female
can attend any course they want.
Yours in Scouting,
Olaf N.E.Tuinder Tuinder@fys.ruu.nl
Yggdrasil-stam, Scouting Die Wiltgraeff, Wageningen.
Address: Warande 177, 3705 ZN Zeist, The Netherlands.
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