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Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Training, Woodbadge

What is Woodbadge?

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. What is Wood Badge? Wood Badge is a leadership training course which delivers high quality skills and techniques for leaders in all areas of Scouting. It draws from a wide range of sources within and beyond the bounds of Scouting to model the best techniques for developing leadership and teamwork among both young people and adults.   Because it was begun by Baden-Powell in England in 1919, it is clearly backed by the finest thought and tradition of the founder. Wood Badge is a great force for world brotherhood and provides leadership for Scouting and leadership for America.   How will Wood Badge help me? Wood Badge teaches leadership techniques in a hands-on environment which you will be able apply to your Scouting involvement and your personal life. As a result of attending Wood Badge...

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Training, Woodbadge

The Founding of Woodbadge

reprinted from We should expect to find instruction for leaders as an integral part of any program developed by Baden-Powell. His experience as a regimental officer had led him to conclude that his men responded well to training and to action in small groups led by trained non-commissioned officers. His specialized “Scout” training for cavalrymen also bore this out. His book on training soldiers in scouting skills, Aids to Scouting for N.C.-Os. & Men, was clearly meant to be used as part of an organized group training scheme, under the direction of instructors, and included a note to instructors. As Baden-Powell wrote there, “The secret of getting successful work out of your trained men lies in one nutshell – in the clearness of the instructions they receive.”From the first, Baden-Powell envisioned that Boy Scout leaders would need help in putting on a program for their young charges and included tips for instructors in the fortnightly pamphlets of Scouting for Boys. But, inasmuch as B-P envisioned Scouting as supplementary...

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