“I learned more in a few days than I did in years of working with Scouts”
“I didn’t think I could take time away from work – thank God I did. It’s made every minute I work with scouts so much more effective. I just wish I had made the leap of faith and attended years ago! My unit’s program would have been so much better. It is now!”
“I haven’t laughed this hard, or had this much fun in years!”
These are the kinds of feedback we get every year after Wood Badge. Every year Scouters from across the council come together for a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience, and leave thankful they took the time away from their busy schedules to sharpen their Scouting tools, to be more effective in their volunteer time.
If you’ve been recommended by your unit, then this is your chance. Don’t squander it – take full advantage!
First of all, it’s an honor to attend. Being nominated and approved by your unit to attend Wood Badge isn’t something that should be taken likely. The Wood Badge beads are recognized world-wide, and graduates are listed among the top Scouters in the world!
Secondly, it’s an incredible hands-on learning opportunity. You’ll learn from some of the top Scouters in the Inland Northwest Council. You’ll learn by working directly with your peers – other people who are in the trenches in their units, working hard to help youth. You’ll learn everything from how to better communicate with the youth and how to help them set goals and reach them to ways to build the size and program in your troop, making it more exciting and more dynamic.
Finally, it’s a blast. You’re going to be able to have a few days to actually let your hair down, and be a kid again. Leave all your daily stressors behind, and play while learning skills that will help in the corporate environment, in the unit – even at home. You will most likely have the time of your life.
Here’s what a participant from last year's course says about his experience:
My name is Gary Hutchens and I’m the Scoutmaster for Troop 400. I have to admit that I resisted going to Wood Badge for many years. After serving as a Cubmaster for 8 years and an Assistant Scoutmaster and then Scoutmaster for 7 years, I thought that Wood Badge wouldn’t offer me any new insights. My excuse was always, “It will take time away from my boys.” I finally submitted to going only after being shamed into it at our district recognition dinner. My only regret now is that I waited so long to go! Wood Badge is a tremendous experience. You are surrounded by people who, like you, strive to have a positive impact on today’s youth. Together you learn the tips and tricks on how to move your program forward. While the program is demanding, the rewards are worth it. YOU NEED TO DO THIS! If not for you, then for your youth!
You’re going to be in an indoor corporate learning environment, and an outdoor experience environment. Emphasis is less on scout skills, and more on how to be the best leader possible, and have the best unit possible. You’ll have games and competitions that make learning fun, and come home with an arsenal of new knowledge and experiences to help the youth in your unit get the most out of scouting. Bottom line: You’ll be more effective, and have more fun doing it.
Whether you’re new to Scouting, or a 50 year veteran, you’ll gain greatly from Wood Badge!
If you’re new to Scouting, Wood Badge will shave about 10 years off your learning curve! You’ll learn many basics of Scouting, as well as advanced leadership techniques you’ll be able to put to use right away. If you’re a long-time veteran, you’ll learn new techniques to bring fresh perspectives to your unit, for renewed energy and vigor. Wood Badge is truly perfect for those who are brand-new in the program, as well as those who have been in high levels for 50 years!
My name is Gary Roach, and I am one of several adult leaders within Troop 989 in Valley, WA. I am currently an Assistant Scoutmaster. I was approached by our Scoutmaster and asked if I wanted to attend Wood Badge. Having been a Scout for many years I didn’t know if it was for me, and honestly felt that being an Eagle Scout that I had all the skills I needed to serve the troop. I was dead wrong. The training that I received was not only beneficial to the troop, but had wide spread uses with my professional life. I feel that the program gave me a better understanding of what Sir Robert Baden Powell was trying to do when he developed this training for adults. The benefits of this training made Scouting the success that it is was in the beginning, and is how Scouting will succeed in developing young men tomorrow. Our troop believes that any adult that is an active participant of the troop should attend this training not only for the benefit of this training, but for the chance for superb leadership training for their professional career.
Be a better leader. Serve your youth more effectively.
A $100 deposit turned in with the application is required to hold your space in the course. The balance of the course fee, $150 must be paid no later than April 1, 2013 ($160 if after April 1st). Total course fee of $250 or $260 after April 1, 2013 may be paid in full on-line or by check at any of council service centers or by mail. Checks should be written and mailed to:
Inland Northwest Council 411 W. Boys Scout Way Spokane, WA 99201
For questions or for further information, please contact Ken Segota, Course Director at (208) 301-0712 or click hereto email him..