Re: Wood Badge Course
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Fri, 19 May 1995 20:49:31 CDT
Andrew Heath <HEATHA@YVAX.BYU.EDU> 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? :->
>>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)?
>No, I took a Varsity Wood Badge Course as a Boy Scout Leader, It's basically
>the same except they call it a Team not a Troop and it is administered like a
>Varsity Team would be. Rather than having 1 patrol leader, each of us was
>given an assignment over one of the Varsity areas of emphasis. (Activities,
>High Adventure, Awards ...) There were several other Boy Scout Leaders there as
>well. As for being "LDS", The only reason you could call it this is that the
>major sponser of Varsity teams (Seperate unit, Not a Boy Scout patrol) is the
>LDS Church. Provisions were also made for LDS sunday services.
>There is however a seperate Cub Scout Wood Badge, however this is for Leaders
>on District & Council levels. Explorer Wood Badge courses were tried but were
>phaaed out since Advisors could acheive similar training in a Boy Scout Wood
WRONG. Exploring leaders and trainers may attend one or both of the
two BSA's official "advanced courses", which are EQUAL to the Wood
Badge experience in course content and outline:
The Exploring Advanced Seminar (EAS) is taught on a Regional Area basis in
three of the four Regions of the BSA (all except the Western Region).
It is a four-day course designed for the Post Advisor or Ship Skipper,
the Council or District Exploring Committeemembers and Chair and the
Exploring Commissioner/Service Team Chair and members in the Council
or District. The course, like all advanced training courses are
divided between the practical course (four days in lenght) and the
application course (up to two years after the end of the practical
The Exploring Leadership Institute (ELI) is taught on a Regional Area
basis in the Western Region of the BSA. It is a five-day course
designed for Council, District and unit Exploring adult leaders. The
course is like the EAS in which there's a practical course and an
application course (again, the application phase can last as long as
two years after the end of the practical course).
While neither course will produce "beads", the Exploring Advanced
courses do a great job in preparing volunteers for Council and
District leadership positions as well as to increase the ability of
Advisors and Skippers to produce a better youth-led, adult-advised
The National Exploring Division does NOT recommend that Exploring
leaders attend the Boy Scout or Cub Scout leaders' Wood Badge courses
unless the Exploring leader is also registered as a Boy Scouter or Cub
Scouter or serving as a member of the Council's Commissioner staff.
Exploring leaders should attend one of the two advanced courses when
they are offered in your Region.
For more information about the Exploring courses, contact your
Exploring professional/career Executive, or you may contact me.
(a National Exploring Instructor)
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