What is Wood Badge? Why would a Scout Leader want to attend more training? What does one bring to six days of training? Will I know anyone? Why the heck, would I want to sleep in a canvas tent? I heard there are critters...what is that all about? Why do I need to talk to the Course Director or Scout Master, won't I meet him or her later? What kind of food will we eat? What on earth is a ticket, and how do I work it? Do I really need a six day training outdoor experience?
I had a million questions, as I pulled into Beaumont Scout Reservation, and I was seeking answers! I knew that I wanted to learn, and find out why everyone says that Wood Badge would be life changing. Yes, I was early...yes, I was in the wrong building...yes, the training hadn't even started and I felt like a dummy! Once, I figured out that I needed to be at Svedrup Lodge and not the Emerson Center (Yes, Wood Badge has it's own building!) I was greeted warmly by our Council Advisor Fred Schaljo!
We were given a few handouts, and then told that we would take a tour, meet with the Course Director Mark Lester, talk to ASM "Logistics" Bob Palmer , and then finally sit down for a meeting that would answer our questions! I have to tell you, that I was nervous to sit down with our Scout Master...no idea why, but I really was! He asked if I had any special, food, or medical needs...ummm, no! Whoo hoo, I aced question number one! We then just chatted about why I chose to attend Wood Badge, and just how excited I was to be able to attend this training. He asked if I had any other questions, shook my hand, and told me that he was very happy to meet me.
Let's just say that I walked away very excited, and 99% of my questions were answered! I did know a few Scout Leaders, and I met many new friendly Scouts! I now had contact information and resources in the event, I had more questions. I now had a packing list, and the next challenge was to gather what I need. I could do this! I could survive six days in the woods! I will be a great Scout Leader!