Re: Cub Scout Woodbadge
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Tue, 9 Jul 1996 13:57:22 -0500
Kim Moye wrote:
>My question is, what *exactly* is Woodbadge and do you need to
>get "tapped out" for it? I hear in my area quite a bit about Boy Scout
> Woodbadge, but very little on Cub Scout.
Wood Badge (two words, I'm always reminded!) is the advanced training
program common to ALL member nations of the World Association of
Scouting Movements. In the United States, Wood Badge takes the form
of two standard and three non-standard courses designed to further
train and motivate volunteers and selected professional members to
continue to be of service to others and to the youth they work with.
The idea of Wood Badge is to get adults to think and respond as members
of a unit (Pack, Troop, Team, Post or Ship) at the same time being able
to transpose your actions and emotions to a plan of action which you
will take back to your unit and implement over a two-year period. Wood
Badge is more about personal growth and development than it is training
you and the other participants in the latest Scouting-related techniques for
retaining youth and creating a quality program.
Specifically, the Cub Scout Wood Badge TRAINERS Course are
conducted in each of the four Regions at various times during the
fall and spring each year.
You are NOT "tapped out" as with the Order of the Arrow for attendance
at Wood Badge; however, you are selected and the selection process
starts with you. In the case of the Cub Scout Trainers' Wood Badge course,
you request to attend Cub Scout Trainers' Wood Badge through your
Each fall, your Council Scout Executive will get a letter from the Regional
Office servicing it announcing the sites for upcoming Cub Scout Trainer
Wood Badge courses. In most Councils, the Council Executive places this
information into the "file box" of the professional in charge of training and
leadership development for your Council (it could be your District Executive
or in larger Councils, it could be a Field or Program Director or some other
middle or senior management person).
The staff member in charge of leadership development/training then
sends a note or starts polling the individual District Executives/Directors to
provide names of candidates. This is usually done with the volunteer
Leadership Development/Training Chair taking the lead on this, but sometimes
the pros take the lead in this process.
As the names are submitted, the training records of those names are checked
and those that have completed Cub Scout Leader Basic, whom have attended
a Pow-Wow, and the Train-The-Trainer courses as a participant and as a
trainer/presenter are listed. This listing is signed by the Council Scout
or his designee (the staff person in charge of leadership development/training)
and sent to the Regional staff member in charge of leadership development
at the Regional Office.
There, an autopenned invitation, signed by the Regional Director, is sent to
each person along with a letter to send back acknowledging the acceptance of
the invite. Additional information is then sent to you directly concerning
and when the course will take place, things to bring, things not to bring and
most importantly, how to reach the Course Director and other staff members.
After the course is over, you are asked to serve for two years as a member
Council's Training or Leadership Development Committee and to assist or
conduct Cub Scout leadership development courses to your fellow Cub Scouters.
Hope this information helps you in deciding to attend a Cub Scout Trainers'
Wood Badge course, Kim!
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