Re: Wood Badge Course
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Sat, 13 May 1995 15:49:48 CDT
"Paul H. Brown" <phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG> writes:
>> The only weeklong Wood Badge course in the Western Region, barring an LDS
>> Varsity Wood Badge course in the Grand Teton Council,
>Have Wood Badge courses become this specialized? Is there a Presbyterian
>course for Venture leaders someplace? :->
Nope Paul. The ONLY reason why the LDS (and Jewish) faiths have
special Wood Badge courses is because of religious and dietary
reasons. The course is taught EXACTLY as the BSA syllabus dictates,
right down to the days of the course, and is ONLY deviated slightly to
allow for specific Church rites (services on Sunday; family and
devotional activities on Thursday, and a religious prayer in addition
to the daily flag raising and lowering; and of course, dietary
concerns of those participants (no caffeine (that's NOT the course for
me, I would feel...I HAVE to have my coffee! On the other hand,
perhaps a eight day period of caffeine abstinence would maybe do
wonders for me? *smiling*), meats and dairy products which are kosher,
and kitchen and prep areas which are similiarly kosher and prepared
within religious as well as sanitary guidelines).
The courses are STILL held out-of-doors, and believe me please when I
say this, some of them are MUCH MORE organized than any National
course I've ever been a part of.
And yes, members of other faiths are WELCOME and ENCOURAGED to attend
those courses, when offered. It helps to disspell "rumors" and
differences between the faiths and others, and in my personal case,
allowed me to actually meet with and be with fellow Scouters that may
not share my religious beliefs, but whom share a deep love and respect
for the outdoors and for youth.
Remember that the participants in these courses, like ALL Wood Badge and
other advanced courses of Scouting, have ALL paid to be there and
therefore should be accorded some degree of flexiability according to
>More seriously, as I haven't been some sort of an animal yet, will I have
>to take Wood Badge for each scout group I lead? Once for Boy Scouts, once
>for Venture (assuming I can still keep up with the scouts when someone
>wants me to do _that_ in my "hour a week," too)?
Not normally. In the LDS Church, the Boy Scouting program is firmly
interwoven into the youth ministry of the Church. Therefore in a
local Council (or several local Councils) with a high number of
Venture/Varsity units, it makes sense to have a separate course just
for the Venture/Varsity leaders. In most local Councils, you just
won't see a special course like this, because there may only be 14-30
Varsity/Venture units and most of those leaders have already attended
Wood Badge as a Scoutmaster or other Scouter.
During the course, not only will the Scouting aspects of leadership
and mentoring will be taught, but also the religious aspects of
leadership and mentoring young men.
I did attend two of the Exploring Wood Badge courses, the two
experimental ones done in the late 70s, and of course the Boy Scout
Leader Wood Badge course. But as a former Cub Scout leader, I didn't
feel the need or was in any kind of position to attend the Cub Trainer
Wood Badge course when I was asked in my local Council.
But this DOES lead up to a great question to throw out to everyone:
Does attendance at your "advanced training course" (note that I
mentioned "advanced training"...in many countries, Wood Badge is
similiar to our Scoutmaster Basic; in others, Wood Badge is similar to
our Philmont courses. Also, what kind of "advanced training" goes on
in the Girl Scouting program and in other programs (Royal Rangers))
constitutes "never having to be trained again"??
In the USA, there are a small section of BSA leaders that feel that
the attainment of that fourth Wood Badge bead (for serving as a Course
Director/Scoutmaster in the Boy Scout version) "dictates" to the world
that "Hey! I don't have to attend another training course. I'm as
trained as they come!" I don't buy it, but what about it? Does
attendance at your "advanced training course" means that you never
have to attend another course, basic or otherwise?
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