Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the cost for the course?
A: The full cost for the 6 day course is $260. This is discounted to $230 if paid in full by February, 2019.
Q: Why is there a fee for this volunteer training?
A: Over a six day period, the food, facilities and material costs add up. A copy of the course budget is available upon request.
Q: What time do I need to be there for check-in on Day 1?
A: Check in begins Friday morning at 7:30 A.M.
Q: Why do I want to register early?
A: Enrollment is limited to the first 48 participants that register and fully pay their course fees. Since this is the 100th Anniversary Year for WoodBadge, it is expected that the course will fill early.
Q: How will I receive information before the course starts?
A: You’ll receive additional information via email after the registration form and deposit is received and processed in the Council Service Center. It is YOUR responsibility to include an accurate email address that you check REGULARLY. If you have questions, please email Perry Harris, Course Director, at Scoutmaster@C6.157.19.org Information will also be available at the course web site https://C6.157.19.org
Q: What qualifications do I need to have?
A: You must be a BSA registered adult and be fully trained for your registered Scouting Position. Outdoor skills training (OWL/Baloo or Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training) is highly recommended, if not required for completion of Training for your position.
Q: Does my registration fee help pay for the staff being there?
A: No. Staff is required to pay their own way, same as participants.
Q: What is the Official Wood Badge Course Uniform?
A: The Wood Badge uniform is the Official BSA Uniform for your registered position. This includes the Official Dress shirt, Official BSA pants/shorts, BSA socks, and BSA belt. An activity shirt is authorized at certain times; one shirt is included in course fees; additional shirts may be purchased prior to the course. Activity shirts will be available at check-in on Day one of the course.
Q: What if I can’t afford a complete uniform?
A: Many Scouts find seasoned uniforms in thrift stores and garage sales, while others borrow from fellow Scout friends or Leaders in their unit. Many units also have a uniform closet or clothing bank.
Q: I don’t have the full tuition cost; how can I cover the fees?
A: Partial scholarships are available. Please also approach your unit committee and ask them for assistance. Suggest that they start a tradition of funding for training including Wood Badge. The unit benefits most from knowledgeable leaders and could assist in sending at least one leader through each course. Some employers may also assist with course fees as the skills acquired at Wood Badge will apply to your work life and are much less expensive through Boy Scouts of America.
Q: Volunteering is time consuming now; how will I find time to “work my tickets”?
A: Tickets are not synonymous with defining a new job; instead think of a ticket as bringing a new source of energy to your current position and unit. “I will enhance my current position as den leader by implementing the Den Chief program or network parents to assist at the pinewood derby.” As a matter of fact, you could design your tickets to make your current position easier and more enjoyable. After completing the Wood Badge course, you’ll have 18 months to work your tickets.