Wood Badge Course – 2018



 Course Registration Information

The 2018 Northeast Georgia Wood Badge course will be held at Scoutland in Gainesville, GA over the weekends of April 27-29, 2018 and May 18-20, 2018.   Participants must attend both weekends.  This is the only time Wood Badge will be offered in NEGA during 2018.

Course Director:   Tom Boland

Week 1:      April 27-29, 2018  Friday to Sunday
Week 2:      May 18-20, 2018    Friday to Sunday

Click here to register …  this is the only course for NEGA this year and it will fill up fast!

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 Key Contacts for Wood Badge

Questions regarding registration and payment should be directed to the Council Service Center or the Council Wood Badge Coordinator, Ed Foster .

Wood Badge Northeast Georgia Council, Jefferson Service Center P.O. Box 399 Jefferson, GA 30549

Phone: 706-693-2446 Fax: 706-693-4849 Hours:   Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm   Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Why take Wood Badge? 25 Scouters state their case

The reviews are in, and Wood Badge gets top grades from your fellow Scouting volunteers.

They say it “made me a better leader,” “helped me turn my troop around” and is “one of the best training experiences I have had.”

One Scouter called it the “second-best decision you’ll make in Scouting.” The first, of course, was getting involved in Scouting in the first place.

Wood Badge is the BSA’s training course for adult leaders, and it’s for new and experienced Scouters alike.  You’ll leave as a better Scouter, guaranteed. But don’t take our word for it.

Here’s what 25 of your fellow Scouters had to say when asked “Why Wood Badge?”

Scouters Comments … Why take Wood Badge?

“Wood Badge is one of the best training experiences I have had since becoming involved in Scouting.” – Gary L.

“Take everything you think you know about leadership training, and throw it out the door!” – Jennifer F.

“Wood Badge is not just a Scouting leadership training. It’s life training at its best.” – David D.

“It’s the second-best decision you’ll make in Scouting. The first is getting involved!” – Doug T.

Best training I’ve ever taken! I use the info for both Scouting and in my job as a teacher.” – Erinn O.

“As a Scout, I always wondered where the great adult Scouters came from. Now I know, they’re made at Wood Badge.” – Robert W.

It opens your eyes to all the possibilities that Scouting has for the youth.” – Ben T.

“By taking Wood Badge as a den leader, I now know about the programs my Scouts will join in the future. I can better prepare them to be Boy Scouts and can help their parents understand why we do the things we do in Cub Scouts.” – Ed D.

“It puts the whole of Scouting into perspective.” – Lee T.

“Wood Badge is a lot of fun! I’ve met some great friends during the course.” – Anthony S.

“It … improved my ability to manage work and family balance overall, and made me a better leader.” – Alan S.

“It’s a great way to put yourself in a Scout’s shoes and understand what they experience.” – Francine B.

“As a Cub Scout leader for five years, I really didn’t know much about the patrol system. Taking Wood Badge just as my oldest boy transitioned into Boy Scouts was extremely timely and prepared me to be a valuable adult leader in the troop.” – Kimberly S.

So much takeaway that you will be able to use in the future not only in Scouting but in everyday life.” – Peter L.

“No matter how much you think you know, you will learn much more about Scouting and yourself.” – Carl P.

 “… helped me turn my troop around from an adult-centered to a boy-led troop.” Ron G.

“I was promised leadership training I could use in Scouting and my professional life, along with new lifelong friends. I can say Wood Badge over-delivered.” – Kimberly A.

“Do it. It changes your outlook on how to proceed with Scouting and to make Scouting better.” – Larry B.

“Your Wood Badge experience will take what you already know and file it in your brain for easy organized access.” – Sheila F.

“More importantly, the Scouts themselves will benefit from your decision to accept the challenge of earning your beads.” – Nic C.

“It is money and time well spent.” – Marv H.

You will find things about yourself you never knew before.” – Martin C.

“An excellent training course, even for someone like me, who doesn’t love camping.” – Sue M.

“I was fortunate to take Wood Badge at the same time my wife did. Aside from all of the great things it did for our unit, it also transformed our marriage.” – Lee B.

“It’s the Ph.D. of Scouting, you and your unit will very much benefit from having one or more leader Wood Badge trained.” – Mike B.

More Reasons to Take Wood Badge …

Every scout deserves the BEST trained leaders.  We want you to be the best.  The youth we serve deserve the best!  Here is what we have been told BY OUR MOST RECENT GRADUATES that Wood Badge did for them.  Hopefully it will apply to you, as well

You will gain a better understanding of Scouting’s programs.  You will know where to turn for help, for program, for resources and for ideas.

You will gain a MUCH better understanding of leadership and some useful tools for the challenges you face as Scout leader.   You will better understand what makes up leadership and how to built ‘high performance teams’ made up of Scouts and of adult leader.

Wood Badge is VERY immediate, hands on and practical– you will be able to put it to use immediately– not only in your Scouting unit, but in your life.

You will be able to more effective set achievable goals in your Scouting position that will make you a better and more effective volunteer.

You will have fun and make new friends for life.

Because you’ll be better informed and better in control, you will be able to enjoy your Scouting job much, much more.

Past Wood Badge Participant Comments:

“I’m just sorry I waiting so long to take Wood Badge.  I should have done this earlier.  It was just GREAT”

“This is some of the best training I’ve ever had in my entire career– Scouting or otherwise.  The leadership and team-building training you guys gave us was better than the week-long training on these same topics I’ve had out in corporate America.  Well done.”

“I was able to apply these takeaways immediately.  I was in a meeting [at work] on the Monday following the course.  Without going into details, this meeting was different from our other meetings.  It was more productive.  We were calmer and more supportive of each other.  We achieved a better result.  It was clear that leadership skills can often be subtle and gentle tools which empower and embolden people to achieve more than they otherwise could have.  And, frankly, the meeting was much more enjoyable.”

 “It is not simply the message and the refresher of old material and presentation of new material but the combination of the enthusiasm of the staff combined with the material that has provided such inspiration.  I know that at worst if I improve my home relationships and have a greater love for whom I serve that alone will improve our troop without even implementing the structural changes that can be made.  I thought that this course could be done in two 2-day weekends, and that if you did you may have more leaders attending, but I am starting to rethink that.  I don’t believe that I was really “sold” until the 3rd day.  While I have a million thoughts going on right now I am excited to come back and see my new found friends from my patrol and staff.”