Saturday, August 19, 2017

Scouting's Wood Badge Leadership Training Is Key to Life Success

As part of their journey from average to great, more than 80 adult volunteer leaders from the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America attended the recent Wood Badge ceremony at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Libertyville. Beginning with the Scouting tradition of three raised fingers for silence, the leaders attending the breakfast settled in for the presentation. “Wood Badge training is what corporations spend thousands of dollars on,” said Northfield resident Mary Wadleigh, a medical laboratorian and one of the district leaders attending. “Wood Badge training makes learning come to life and is an incredible experience. It changes people’s effectiveness as leaders as well as their dealings with others outside Scouting.” One of the Boy Scout edicts for the 21st century is to obtain an education. Wood Badge leadership training uses corporate-style leadership theories and applies them to the methods of Scouting. “Some of these courses are equivalent to getting a PhD in how to be a leader,” said Libertyville resident and consultant Dixon Brandt, one of the course directors.

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