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Wood Badge Training Being Offered in 2017

21stcenturylogoHave you ever been on a Scouting trip in which you didn’t know where you were going? How did you know when you got there? How can you teach the youth in your unit to navigate life’s challenges if you don’t know these skills yourself?

Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course for adult leaders. It provides participants with practical tools to fulfill the aims and methods of the Scouting program. Wood Badge is leadership training for all scout leaders including Cub Scouters, Boy Scouters, Varsity Scouters and Venturing Advisors along with all levels of BSA professional staff. This course draws on the leadership skills developed by the Boy Scouts of America, as well as on current leadership and team development models used by corporate America.  It is also used in academic circles and many successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country, presenting the latest in the leadership theory and team development.

As a participant in this course, you will learn and develop leadership skills that will enhance your ability to “Deliver the Promise” of Scouting to your youth membership.  Because the course is carried out within the context of Scouting ideals and service to young people, it fosters fellowship, the spirit of brotherhood and a deep dedication.

The Wood Badge training will teach you leadership skills and how to apply them in Scouting and in your life. The course offers team building, listening and communication skills, and project and change management.  It also offers conflict management and resolution, coaching, mentoring and evaluation skills. In addition to classroom instruction, there are a variety of fun projects and interactive games that will encourage you to practice the skills you will be learning.

Finally, Wood Badge is the embodiment of Scouting spirit.  Associations and friendships made during the course often last a lifetime.  Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world. So, don’t delay become the next Wood Badge participant by registering today for the New Birth of Freedom Wood Badge Course scheduled for April 28-April 30, 2017 and May 19-21, 2017 at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation.

The course fee is $275.00 and must be paid in full by 3/23/17. All food, instructional materials and recognitions are included.  A $50.00 non-refundable deposit reserves your place on Gilwell Field.  The course is limited to only 48 participants, so don’t delay. Because when the available spots are gone, they’re gone.

Registration for the course is in two parts. 1) Please complete the application along with a check for the deposit and return to the New Birth of Freedom Council located at 1 Baden Powell Lane; Mechanicsburg, PA  17050. 2) Please also complete the on-line RSVP (through eventbrite):

For more information about the course or Wood Badge, please contact Mike Hassell, New Birth of Freedom Wood Badge Course Director, at telephone (717) 215-1655 or by email at wbcdn654417@gmail.com. You may also contact Roger Chatell, New Birth of Freedom Professional Advisor, at telephone (717) 620-4515 or by email at roger.chatell@scouting.org

* Note: You must attend both weekends to complete the Wood Badge training. 

Wood Badge Registration and Scholarship Forms:

wood-badge-pic(The First Scoutmasters’ Course at Gilwell Park, September, 1919).