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Wood Badge - First Weekend

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Wood Badge - First Weekend

  • Camp Thunderbird 11740 Summit Lake Road Northwest Olympia, WA, 98502 United States (map)

2016 Wood Badge at Camp Thunderbird
April 14-16 – 1st half
May 19-21 – 2nd half

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What is Wood Badge?

In 1911, Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters.  He made great strides in the years that followed, culminating in 1919 with the establishment of Wood Badge training.  Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.

Wood Badge is the most advanced leadership training course in Scouting.  It teaches the essential skills of leadership, management, and team building.  You learn what makes leadership work and how to make it work for you and your unit.  The skills taught are applicable to every leader and provide a common foundation for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.

The course is a fun-filled, rapid-paced, hands-on, lecture-practice environment.  Practical exercises, in both indoor and outdoor settings, are a core component.  During the two weekends of the course, you are placed in a patrol of diverse leaders.  This provides you with an instant support group and the opportunity to practice team leadership skills as you learn them.  Not only do you learn from staff members, you also learn from each other.

The culmination of the two weekends is the creation of the Wood Badge Ticket.  This ticket outlines 5 scouting goals you develop and your plan for achieving them.  The goals are related to your primary Scouting position.  Using this opportunity to further hone your new skills and strengthen Scouting, you successfully complete the course by fulfilling your goals during the subsequent eighteen months.

If you have any questions, please contact the 2016 Wood Badge Course Director Gene Victor @ 253-380-2087 or