Boy Scouting provides a natural bridge between the various programs in Scouting.
This relatively new version of Wood Badge was designed to teach leadership skills for anyone serving in any of the four families of Scouting (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing). During Wood Badge, you will symbolically start out as "Cub Scouts" and proceed through "Boy Scouts". "Varsity Scouts" and "Venturing" are included in the course. You will participate in activities, ceremonies, and/or presentations from all of these families.
The first part of the new Wood Badge course (the first three days) reflects unit meetings, while the second part (the second three days, consecutive or the following weekend) of the course uses a unit camping activity as its delivery model.
During Wood Badge, the model Boy Scout troop will serve as a laboratory for training purposes. This is done for several reasons:
- The Boy Scout troop simulation provides a good framework in which to practice the leadership skills introduced in the course.
- Boy Scouting provides a natural bridge between the various programs in Scouting, and leaders should understand the importance of transition.
- It would be difficult and most likely confusing to simultaneously model Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing in one course.
- The course content and leadership principles introduced apply to Scouters of all leadership positions and will provide a common foundation of leadership skills to be used throughout all program areas.
?The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting in our units?
Wood Badge Ticket
After the course, the training continues. Each participant work on their "ticket" or a set of goals. The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting in our units, districts, and local councils. The Wood Badge "ticket" represents the participant's commitment to complete a set of personal goals relating to that individual's Scouting position. These goals will significantly strengthen the program in which the participant is involved. In addition, the ticket gives participants an opportunity to practice and demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership skills presented during the course. Participants should complete their Wood Badge ticket no later than 18 months after the course. It is recommended that the ticket should requie at least 6 months of continuous effort.
Upon completion of the Wood Badge ticket, as reviewed and certified by a ticket counselor and the Scout executive, the participant will be presented with the Wood Badge certificate, neckerchief, woggle, and beads at an appropriate public ceremony.