Wood Badge

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Wood Badge 2022

Wood Badge Course - N1-803-22
DATE: 2-6 December 2022
LOCATION: Okuma Beach, Okinawa, Japan

Many consider Wood Badge to be the highest level of Scouter training available. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a better trained Scout leader!

What is it? Scouting's Advanced Adult Training Course

Begun in 1919 by Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting, Wood Badge has evolved to give leaders the skills they need to strengthen Scouting in meaningful ways. 21st Century Wood Badge places special emphasis on team development and how to tailor your leadership skills to meet the needs of the group whether youth or adults.

Five days in length, the course covers leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the best of team development approaches. In addition, participants will enjoy the fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteers and professional Scouters and will have a great deal of FUN!

HOW This Course Will Help You:

Apply contemporary leadership concepts to our values-based movement.

Understand Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, and Venturing as a family of values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth.

Revitalize your commitment to Scouting through fun and fellowship in a learning environment.

Many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be one of the peak experiences of their Scouting careers. In the United States, it has served as a source of training and inspiration to many thousands. In return, Wood Badge participants have affected the lives of millions of America's youth.

We do anticipate a full course WITH a waiting list. Given the current COVID-19 conditions, for now - Space is Limited to the first 30 fully paid participants for this course!

Who May Attend Wood Badge?

To attend a Wood Badge course, individuals must:

  1. Be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America and age 18 or older. Have completed the basic position-specific training courses for their Scouting role.

  2. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. All staff and participants are required to complete Parts A, B, and C of the Annual Health and Medical Record form (available at www.scouting.org). The medical form should not be sent by email, and course leaders must not suggest applicants do so. Also, the course leaders must not keep medical forms in electronic form.

Scouter Accessibility of Wood Badge

We will make every effort to support the participation of Scouters with disabilities by making the course and participation requirements flexible. For example, providing barrier-free campsites can help accommodate a participant with unique circumstances. Ultimately, the Wood Badge course is experience-based learning through group dynamics where participation in the patrol is necessary.

Additionally: Citizens from specific restricted countries must receive approval from the installation commander prior to escorted access being granted. Unescorted Access will not be accepted. Must be registered no later than August 1, 2021.

Returning Participants

Individuals who have attended Wood Badge, a different version of Wood Badge training, or who did not complete the course may attend Wood Badge again provided that (1) they agree to write and work a Wood Badge ticket; and (2) they agree not to wear Wood Badge beads while they are attending the course.

Orientation Meeting for Registered Participants (30-Days Out)

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 | 6:30pm – 8pm

Via Virtual Zoom Meeting (link to be sent out to registrants prior to the meeting)

For questions, please contact Earl Jackson, 2022 Course Director.

Course Benefit to You

Wood Badge will help you improve your communication and leadership skills, contributions to Scouting and your community, and work with youth. Wood Badge will help you form and realize your Scouting vision, as you learn new leadership skills, focus on your Scouting role and responsibilities, and identify and achieve personal goals to reach you vision – and give you the tools to reach it.

For additional information or questions email woodbadge@fareastcouncil.org.

Looking For a Few Good Wood Badge Staff Members...

Have you gone through Wood Badge and earned your beads? If so we're looking for some Wood Badge staffers for the Wood Badge to be held on Okinawa December 2022. If you're interested check out the eligibility requirements:

  • Be registered adult leader for 2022.

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America and supportive of its mission, all national BSA policies, and all policies of the local council that are consistent with national policies.

  • Have completed a Wood Badge course and received the Wood Badge recognition.

  • Be enthusiastic, open-minded, flexible, people-oriented, and committed to implementing the course in a positive manner.

  • Be a role model who is well-respected by volunteers and professionals.

  • Exemplify the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.

  • Be approved by the Scout executive and, if council practice calls for it, by the council leadership training committee or council training chair of the Scouter’s home council and the host council.

  • Demonstrate the ability to train, to counsel, and to perform the specific skills, duties, and responsibilities of an assigned role.

We are asking all potential staff to fill out the online survey and download and fill out the staff application. Deadline is March 15, 2022!