WOOD BADGE

Wood Badge Course NST4-695-22
This year the Black Hills Area Council Wood Badge Course NST4-695-22 will be held on two weekends in August of 2022. Participants must attend both weekends so make sure to put these dates on your calendar.

WEEKEND 1 –  August 12th – 14th, 2022
WEEKEND 2 – August 27th – 28th, 2022

All participants will get more information about what to bring, times to arrive to camp each weekend at a later date closer to the course weekends.

Wood Badge is training for everyone in Scouting.
Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals.

Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong here.

What do we see on course?
We do many things on course, like:

Listening ~ Managing conflict ~ Leading change ~ Stages of team development ~ Coaching & Mentoring ~ Leadership for different stages ~ Servant leadership ~ Project planning & goal setting ~ And more!

These come to you in presentations, games, discussions, activities, and other methods.

Why do you want to go?
You want to participate in a Wood Badge course because of things you will learn and do. Here are some of the benefits:

Stronger units. You will make your Scouting unit — and your sons’ and daughters’ units — stronger.
What and why of Scouting. You will have a deeper understanding of what Scouting is and why we do it.
Experience. You will learn and experience things that will stay with you in Scouting and the rest of your life.
Fun. You will have fun and you will meet interesting people.
Other groups. You will make your other groups, like work, church, even family, stronger.

Here’s another summary of why to go. This was originally aimed particularly at Troop Leaders however all Scouters even in the Cub Scout program will grow by attending Wood Badge. So can you attend Wood Badge if you are not a unit leader – YES, the course was designed for Scout Leaders but it applies equally to all of us.

WOOD BADGE IS FOR EVERYONE!
How would you like to attend a training that takes you far beyond your Basic Leader Training? Would you like to build your skills in communication, conflict management and teaching methods? How about a leadership course that rivals many corporate level trainings?

Wood Badge is here for you. This is not just a Troop leader training but is designed for all Cub, Scout, and Venturing leaders. This course will help you better understand how all the Scouting programs tie together. It will provide you with many useful leadership tools to help enable our youth to have the best possible Scouting experience. There is no better time to attend a Wood Badge course and make a difference in your unit than when you are a Cub Scout Leader.

Tickets
Have you heard of “The Ticket” and wondered what it is? The ticket is a group of five goals you set for yourself to do after course, to improve your unit. You learn more about this on the course.

Purpose of Wood Badge
The purpose of Wood Badge is to develop skilled leaders who can strengthen Scouting units in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.

When we accomplish the mission of Scouting, we do it in the units. Therefore, the short form of the purpose is. . .  the purpose of Wood Badge is to strengthen units.

Although the course is different today, what Baden-Powell said in 1919 still applies:

“One of the purposes of Wood Badge training is to get Scouters to think about the practice of Scouting, to meet together, to exchange experiences, and to live together in the spirit of the Scout Oath.”

Wood Badge Staff
Anyone wanting to be a part of a Wood Badge Course Staff must have completed their Wood Badge Course and earned their beads. If you want to be considered for the upcoming Wood Badge Course Staff of NST4-695-22 please download and complete the staff application. Staff selection will be made starting November 1st, 2021 so get your application turned into the Black Hills Area Council Office as soon as possible.

Click Here to Download the NST4-695-22 Wood Badge Staff Appplication

Remember turing in an application does not automatically gaurantee you a position on Wood Badge Staff. All Wood Badge Staff members will be notified if they have been selected and approved to serve on Wood Badge Staff.

Cub Scout Positions

The training required to be a Cubmaster can be found and taken online at the BSA LearnCenter. First, please go to my.scouting.org. After logging in, navigate to “My Dashboard,” and then select “Training Center” at the top of the page. Select the appropriate program (Cub Scouts) and then select the “Add Plan.” Once the plan is added to your LearnCenter, you can then take the courses listed below.* Your profile will be automatically updated as your complete these courses.

* Please not that the YPT plan has to be added separately and is not a part of the Cubmaster Training but is still required.

 

  • Cubmaster-Before Your First Meeting
  • Cubmaster-Before Your First Outdoor Activity
  • Cubmaster-Earning Your Training Strip
  • Youth Protection Training

The training required to be an Assistant Cubmaster can be found and taken online at the BSA LearnCenter. First, please go to my.scouting.org. After logging in, navigate to “My Dashboard,” and then select “Training Center” at the top of the page. Select the appropriate program (Cub Scouts) and then select the “Add Plan.” Once the plan is added to your LearnCenter, you can then take the courses listed below.* Your profile will be automatically updated as your complete these courses.

* Please not that the YPT plan has to be added separately and is not a part of the Assistant Cubmaster Training but is still required.

 

  • Cubmaster-Before Your First Meeting
  • Cubmaster-Before Your First Outdoor Activity
  • Cubmaster-Earning Your Training Strip
  • Youth Protection Training

The training required to be a Committee Chair can be found and taken online at the BSA LearnCenter. First, please go to my.scouting.org. After logging in, navigate to “My Dashboard,” and then select “Training Center” at the top of the page. Select the appropriate program (Cub Scouts) and then select the “Add Plan.” Once the plan is added to your LearnCenter, you can then take the courses listed below.* Your profile will be automatically updated as your complete these courses.

* Please not that the YPT plan has to be added separately and is not a part of the Committee Chair Training but is still required.

 

  • Pack Committee Chair-Before Your First Meeting
  • Pack Committee Chair-Before Your First Outdoor Activity
  • Pack Committee Chair-Earning Your Training Strip
  • Youth Protection Training

The training required to be a Committee Member can be found and taken online at the BSA LearnCenter. First, please go to my.scouting.org. After logging in, navigate to “My Dashboard,” and then select “Training Center” at the top of the page. Select the appropriate program (Cub Scouts) and then select the “Add Plan.” Once the plan is added to your LearnCenter, you can then take the courses listed below.* Your profile will be automatically updated as your complete these courses.

* Please not that the YPT plan has to be added separately and is not a part of the Committee Member Training but is still required.

 

  • Pack Committee Member-Before Your First Meeting
  • Pack Committee Member-Before Your First Outdoor Activity
  • Pack Committee Member-Earning Your Training Strip
  • Youth Protection Training

The training required to be a Den Leader can be found and taken online at the BSA LearnCenter. First, please go to my.scouting.org. After logging in, navigate to “My Dashboard,” and then select “Training Center” at the top of the page. Select the appropriate program (Cub Scouts) and then select the “Add Plan.” Once the plan is added to your LearnCenter, you can then take the courses listed below.* Your profile will be automatically updated as your complete these courses.

* Please not that the YPT plan has to be added separately and is not a part of the Den Leader Training but is still required.

 

  • Den Leader-Before Your First Meeting
  • Den Leader-Before Your First Outdoor Activity
  • Den Leader-Earning Your Training Strip
  • Youth Protection Training

The training required to be an Assistant Den Leader can be found and taken online at the BSA LearnCenter. First, please go to my.scouting.org. After logging in, navigate to “My Dashboard,” and then select “Training Center” at the top of the page. Select the appropriate program (Cub Scouts) and then select the “Add Plan.” Once the plan is added to your LearnCenter, you can then take the courses listed below.* Your profile will be automatically updated as your complete these courses.

* Please not that the YPT plan has to be added separately and is not a part of the Assistant Den Leader Training but is still required.

 

  • Den Leader-Before Your First Meeting
  • Den Leader-Before Your First Outdoor Activity
  • Den Leader-Earning Your Training Strip
  • Youth Protection Training

Troop (Scouts BSA) Positions

Most of the training required to be a Scoutmaster must be taken in person, except for Youth Protection Training. These courses include Scoutmaster Position Specifics and Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills. Historically, Scoutmaster Position Specifics  is always offered at our annual Scouting U in January. Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills is typically offered twice a year. Once in the Fall and once in the Spring at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. For additional information on these training events, visit the calendar page or give the Scout Service Center a call at 605-342-2824.

Most of the training required to be an Assistant Scoutmaster must be taken in person, except for Youth Protection Training. These courses include Scoutmaster Position Specifics and Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills. Historically, Scoutmaster Position Specifics  is always offered at our annual Scouting U in January. Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills is typically offered twice a year. Once in the Fall and once in the Spring at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. For additional information on these training events, visit the calendar page or give the Scout Service Center a call at 605-342-2824.

The training required to be Troop Committee Chair can be found and taken online at the BSA LearnCenter. First, please go to my.scouting.org. After logging in, navigate to “My Dashboard,” and then select “Training Center” at the top of the page. Select the appropriate program (Scouts BSA) and then select the “Add Plan.” Once the plan is added to your LearnCenter, you can then take the courses listed below.* Your profile will be automatically updated as your complete these courses.

* Please not that the YPT plan has to be added separately and is not a part of the Troop Committee Chair Training but is still required.

 

  • Troop Committee-Before Your First Meeting
  • Troop Committee-First 30 Days
  • Troop Committee-Position Trained
  • Youth Protection Training

The training required to be Troop Committee can be found and taken online at the BSA LearnCenter. First, please go to my.scouting.org. After logging in, navigate to “My Dashboard,” and then select “Training Center” at the top of the page. Select the appropriate program (Scouts BSA) and then select the “Add Plan.” Once the plan is added to your LearnCenter, you can then take the courses listed below.* Your profile will be automatically updated as your complete these courses.

* Please not that the YPT plan has to be added separately and is not a part of the Troop Committee Training but is still required.

 

  • Troop Committee-Before Your First Meeting
  • Troop Committee-First 30 Days
  • Troop Committee-Position Trained
  • Youth Protection Training

Other Training

The training required for Unit Commissioners can be taken at our annual Scouting U event in January. This training can not be accomplished online at this time.

The training required for District Commissioners can be taken at our annual Scouting U event in January. This training can not be accomplished online at this time.

The training required for Council Commissioners can be taken at our annual Scouting U event in January. This training can not be accomplished online at this time.

The training required for Merit Badge Counselors can be taken at our annual Scouting U event in January. This training can not be accomplished online at this time.

This is a detailed document of how to do Annual Recharters online. Please use this document to help answer your questions.