Prairielands Council Wood Badge Course
Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course. Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong here.
Wood Badge takes its name from wooden beads that are awarded after completing the course, a tradition that started with the first Wood Badge course in 1919 offered by Baden Powell.
Wood Badge is not about Scout skills. The course focuses on leadership topics like:
- Managing conflict
- Leading change
- Stages of team development
- Coaching & Mentoring
- Leadership for different stages
- Servant leadership
- Project planning
- registered adult Scouter
- complete basic training for your primary Scouting position
Wood Badge C3-117-21
Participants attend both of these sessions at Camp Drake:
Friday September 24 , 2021 7AM CDT to Sunday September 26, 2021 5PM CDT
Saturday October 9, 2021, 7AM CDT to Sunday October 10, 2021 4PM CDT
COVID-19 protocols, such as masks indoors and wellness checks, will be in place for both weekends. More information will be sent closer to the event.
Register online: https://forms.tentaroo.com/view.php?id=6006536
Welcome to Wood Badge! First, I want to personally thank you for taking the time to learn more about Wood Badge and how it can benefit your unit. As you consider registering, consider bringing a friend. If you don’t, that’s OK; you’ll make some out here at camp. You’ll be teamed up with adult leaders from throughout the different Scouting programs and throughout the council, each with different skills and experiences, spending their time serving the youth of our communities.
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 Scouters around the world.
Wood Badge for the 21st Century is intended for all leaders in Scouting — Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. The focus is on leadership, not outdoor skills. The object is to demonstrate the aims and methods of Scouting through the presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and a variety of activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest in team-development theory. In addition, participants will enjoy the fellowship of sharing the experience with volunteer and professional Scouters while having a great deal of just plain fun.
This will be a tremendous opportunity for you to:
Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth.
Recognize contemporary leadership concepts used in America and discover how those concepts are relevant to our values-based movement.
Apply the skills you learn from your participation as a member of a successful working team.
Revitalize your commitment to Scouting by sharing an inspirational experience that helps provide Scouting with renewed leadership to accomplish its mission.
Many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be a peak experience of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands. In return, Wood Badge participants have positively affected the lives of millions of America’s youth.
Wood Badge will be conducted at Camp Drake, over the course of 2 weekends (5 days). The dates are Friday, September 24, 7 AM CST to Sunday, September 26, 5 PM CST AND Saturday October 10, 7 AM CST to Sunday, October 11, 4 PM CST. The cost of the course is $265. Please contact the Scout Office for payment plans or options. Please don’t let cost prevent you from signing up for the course. Scholarship assistance is available. Please contact the Prairielands council if you have any concerns about attending due to cost.
Course enrollment is limited. I encourage you to reserve your spot as soon as possible. I sincerely hope that you can participate. You will enjoy it fully and benefit from it immensely. You are to be commended for the work you are doing now in Scouting. The Wood Badge experience will enable you to make an even greater contribution as you help deliver the promise of Scouting. Should you need more information, one of our Wood Badge Scouters will be glad to schedule a visit or call with you. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in the Spirit of Scouting,
C3-117-21 Course Director