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Explore some of the common myths about Wood Badge

Click on each myth to find out the truth:

Truth: Wood Badge is for all Scout leaders in BSA, including Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders, as well as District and Council leaders.
Truth: Every Scout deserves a well-trained leader. Why? Research has shown that units with trained leaders show a much more positive impact on the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and so much more. Units with Wood Badge trained adults (and NYLT trainer youth leaders) increases this impact even further.
Truth: Wood Badge is designed to provide both new and experienced Scouters skills they need to make their job easier and more fun. The only experience required is that you be considered “trained” for your registered position. In fact, the BSA has established a goal of having all new leaders attend Wood Badge within two years of becoming leaders.
Truth: Wood Badge is for any registered Scouter. Recent Wood Badge courses have included participants more than 70 years old and as young as 18, which is the youngest age of anyone that can attend.
Truth: The focus of Wood Badge is leadership skills. In fact, the leadership skills you learn in a Wood Badge course are the same skills that Fortune 500 companies send their executives to learn at multi-week seminars, costing as much as $5,000. You will find yourself using your Wood Badge leadership skills not only in Scouting, but also at home, at work, and in your other community activities.
Truth: Your “Wood Badge” uniform is whatever uniform and insignia you wear in your home Pack, Troop, Team or Crew. During the course, you will wear a special neckerchief that will be provided for you.
Truth: You will need to be comfortable with staying in an outdoor environment for two weekends, which means a sleeping bag for both weekends and a cot for the second weekend. During the two weekends, you might use some camping and outdoor skills if you have them, but those skills are not required. In fact, we will cook all of your meals the first weekend of the course so you can focus on the learning experience. Many Wood Badge participants come to the course with no prior camping experience and have a fantastic time ... and you can too.
Truth: You will need an adult physical, but there are very few activities on a Wood Badge course that are strenuous. Scouters have attended Wood Badge in wheelchairs and on mobility-scooters, and walked with canes and crutches. You would not be expected to participate in any activity that is inappropriate for your physical condition. If you have any question about your ability to participate, please contact our Troop Scribe or the Course Director after signing up.
Truth: Like most Scout training, Wood Badge is designed to make your life easier. It will provide you with the skills you need to reduce the time it takes you to be a great leader.
Truth: A Wood Badge ticket is a contract you make with yourself, with the aid of a member of the staff referred to as a Troop Guide. This contract is your commitment to practice using the leadership skills taught at Wood Badge in the performance of your Scouting job. The ticket contains 5 parts (goals) that you develop to advance toward your vision in Scouting. Your Troop Guide will serve as your Ticket Counselor after you complete the second course weekend to aid you in completing your ticket.
Truth: The cost of the 2015 Wood Badge course is $230, and covers all of your course materials, participant neckerchief, food, and the Wood Badge award you receive when you complete your “ticket” (Wood Badge neckerchief, leather woggle, beads and certificate). The value of Wood Badge training is many times the cost, and is a worthwhile investment in yourself.

Some employers recognize the value of Wood Badge and will pay or subsidize the cost; some will even give you paid time off to take the course. Some unions will pay or subsidize the cost. The American Legion offers Wood Badge scholarships for members. Many units and chartering organizations will pay or subsidize the cost, since they will benefit from your Wood Badge training. We also offer scholarships.
Truth: It’s not too late to register for one of two fall courses in 2017:

Course 3 at Woodruff - August 25-27 and September 15-17
Course 4 at Bert Adams - September 29-October 1 and October 13-15
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Gilwell Gazettes

The Gilwell Gazette is our Wood Badge course newsletter, and will serve as the most important source of information to be prepared for upcoming course activities. You will receive some Gazettes via email, but most of these will be paper copies while on course. We will post digital copies of all Gazettes in this section.