Wood Badge is an internationally recognized Volunteer development program focusing on the knowledge and skills needed to implement the Scouting program. These competencies include youth-program facilitation, outdoor skills, Scouter support, risk management and safety.
The “Wood Badge” refers to the recognition that Scouters receive when they complete the Wood Badge program. There are variations of the Wood Badge program; Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path, Wood Badge for Group Committee, Wood Badge for Group Commissioners and Wood Badge ll. The Wood Badge you complete is dependent on your specific Volunteer role.
Wood Badge focuses on helping Scouters acquire basic program facilitation knowledge and is typically completed in the form of eLearning.
The type of Wood Badge you acquire is dependent on your Volunteer role. See below for a description of each role. Once you've chosen a role, see the next question, 'What Wood Badge do I take for my Scouting Role?'
Scouting Fundamentals is an eLearning program completed by individuals applying to become a Scouter as part of our Volunteer membership requirements. Scouting Fundamentals is a prerequisite for Wood Badge l.
Wood Badge l is more developmental in focus and should be started after a new Scouter is invested. Scouters are required to complete the appropriate Wood Badge I program by the end of their first year in the role - 365 days after they have been registered.
Section Scouters are Volunteers who work directly with youth. This includes Volunteers who work with Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts. Camp Counselors are also considered Section Scouters for the purpose of Wood Badge I. Section Scouters should complete Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path.
To learn more about accessing and completing your Wood Badge I for The Canadian Path in the David Huestis Learning Centre, please visit, "Wood Badge I for The Canadian Path - My Scouter Development Journey as a Section Scouter"
Group Committee Scouters are Volunteers who fill administrative roles within a Group Committee such as registration, finance or fundraising. Group Committee Scouters and other Volunteers with the word "Committee" in their title should complete Wood Badge l for Group Committee.
To learn more about accessing and completing your Wood Badge I for The Canadian Path in the David Huestis Learning Centre, please visit, "Wood Badge I for Group Committee - My Scouter Development Journey as a Group Committee Member"
Group Commissioners are the Volunteer managers and the principal point of contact for Scout Groups. They are accountable for executing Scouts Canada's 5 Priorities for Success at the Group level. Group Commissioners and other Volunteers with "Commissioner" in their title should complete Wood Badge I for Group Commissioners.
To learn more about accessing and completing your Wood Badge I for The Canadian Path in the David Huestis Learning Centre, please visit, "Wood Badge I for Group Commissioners - My Scouter Development Journey as a Group Commissioner"
Support Scouters are Volunteers who provide coaching, mentoring, training and other forms of support to Scouters. Support Scouters should choose the Wood Badge I program that best matches the type of Volunteers that they support. If you are a Support Scouter, speak with your supervising Commissioner about which Wood Badge program is right for your role.
Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path is applicable to all Sections; Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers. Section Scouters who have completed Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path are able to move from Volunteering with one Section freely without being guided to pursue continued eLearning.
If a Section Scouter who is seeking to change the Section they Volunteer for has completed a Section specific Wood Badge they can continue with that section as the section specific Wood Badge makes them compliant (e.g. Wood Badge l Pack). If they would like to change the Section they Volunteer with (e.g. Pack to Troop), to prepare for the change, the eLearning that aids Scouter Development is Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path.
Wood Badge II focuses on the practical application of the concepts learned in Wood Badge I. It introduces basic outdoor and Volunteer-support skills.
Yes! Upon completion of 'Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path' a Scouter receives their 'Woggle'.
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