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Scouting Life: Woodbadge II on the Canadian Path

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog by Jeff Schroeder

Wood Badge training in Canada is broken down into two parts. Wood Badge I focuses on basic program facilitation knowledge and is usually accomplished through a form of eLearning. As you might imagine, Wood Badge II is “applied Wood Badge I.” Wood Badge II takes the skills learned in Wood Badge I and applies them against practical situations, with particular attention to basic outdoor and Volunteer-support skills.

Completing Wood Badge I has been a requirement for all Scouters, and it continues to be so. Wood Badge I was relatively easy to achieve because one could accomplish it on their own time through the eLearning package provided by Scouts Canada. Wood Badge II, however, required much more time and commitment: Scouters had to set aside a full week, or consecutive weekends, in order to complete the training which was done at Scouting retreats. As you can imagine, this meant that the number of Scouters who had accomplished Wood Badge I was very high, but by comparison those who had achieved Wood Badge II was quite low.

With the implementation of The Canadian Path, Scouts Canada has revised Wood Badge II training to remove the barriers that the time commitment of the previous training model created. Rather than requiring trainees to book time away from their busy schedules, families, and Scouting Groups to complete the training, the new model maps Wood Badge II over The Canadian Path. This makes it a self-directed program that can be completed at the trainee’s convenience, while continuing to offer the opportunity to learn “applied Wood Badge I skills.”

The new Wood Badge II training uses 26 Scouter Development Cards that are available in the Wood Badge II Guide for Section Scouters that is available through the link at the end of this article. Each card has been designed by Scouts Canada to focus on and provide resources for a specific skill relating to Outdoor Skills, Program Facilitation, and Volunteer Support. The basic anatomy of each card includes a description, learning objectives, Plan-Do-Review guidelines, safety notes, online resources, and tips and tricks. Scouters use these Development Cards for self-directed learning using the following eight steps:

  1. Choose a Wood Badge II Support Scouter
  2. Review the Scouter Development Cards and conduct a self-assessment
  3. Select any number of Scouter Development Cards
  4. Review the Learning Objectives of the cards you have chosen with your Support Scouter
  5. Create and implement a plan over the next program cycle
  6. Review your progress with your Support Scouter at the end of the program cycle
  7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 until you have completed all the Scouter Development Cards
  8. Submit your Wood Badge II application to your Council

As you can see, the new model of training is entirely self directed, although you will want to find a good Support Scouter to work with through your training. And important thing to keep in mind, however, is that the Support Scouter is not responsible for your training. They can provide feedback, are available to discuss and review your activities, and provide resources you may need to complete your Wood Badge II training. But the training is self-directed: it is your responsibility to complete everything necessary. That said, Support Scouters must meet Scouts Canada’s Volunteer screening requirements and must have completed their Wood Badge I training as well. So you can’t just pick anyone. It is also an excellent idea to have a good working relationship with whomever you pick as your Support Scouter. You should also make sure that your choice for Support Scouter has the time to work with you on the Wood Badge II program.

With the introduction of The Canadian Path, our Youth are expected, with support, to become more self-directed and take on more leadership roles as a result. But it shouldn’t stop at our Youth. Scouters should also be expected to take responsibility for their own learning and training as well. The updated Wood Badge II training reflects The Canadian Path to allow you to work with a Support Scouter and complete your training on your own time. Scouts Canada is excited about these changes, as it offers a greater opportunity for Scouters to obtain their Wood Badge II certification. For more detailed information regarding the new Wood Badge II training, you can and download guides both for Section Scouters and Support Scouters. Or you can contact our National Learning & Development Team Lead, Ross Benton, at

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Standard First Aid – CPR C & AED

Hey everyone! 

Back by popular demand, were offering another first aid course.

Standard first aid with cpr level C includes adult, infant and child cpr, choking and AED use.

Note: we have a 6 participant minimum on this course! And a cap of 20 max participants. Spaces will go quickly, register today!

Registration link -HERE-

Low Ropes Training – April 2 or May 1

Two training dates are now available at Camp Impeesa.

827559 Township Road 8 Blandford-Blenheim, Ontario N0J 1G0

Sunday April 2nd 8 am – 12 pm


Monday May 1st – 6:30 pm

This training provides Scouters with the skills needed to use the rope course safely, so all youth have a positive experience. This is a hands-on course, so Scouters should come prepared to try it out, if possible. Comfortable clothing is recommended.

Registration in advance is required.

To register, contact Shelley Dyet @

Low Ropes Training Flyer

SOS – Scouter Outdoor Skills – April 1

Join us April 1st, for 2 outdoor skill sessions at the HICOP Centre, Camp Nemo


10 am – 12 pm

Learn to apply the 7 principles of the Leave No Trace ethics. Time will be spent both inside and out.


1 pm – 3 pm

Learn the basics needed to support your youth learning compass skills within the OAS, in the Canadian Path. Plan to be outside for most of this program. Bring along a compass, if possible.

Cost is $3 per session OR $5 for both. If staying for both, please provide your own lunch and water bottle.

Registration in advance is required.

To register, contact Shelley Dyet @

SOS Flyer

Outdoor Adventure Skills Workshops – Coming Soon!

Hey CEC Youth (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers AND Rovers)!

Have the Outdoor Adventure Skills got you interested in one (or more!) skills that you want to work on, but aren’t sure where to start? If so, we’ve got you covered! We’re working to organize skills workshops that will focus on the Outdoor Adventure Skills and will be open for all youth to attend. Not only will you be able to learn or develop these skills, but it will also be an opportunity for youth who have these skills to help mentor other youth. Our goal is to have the first workshop planned for the Fall, but in order to do that we need your help! We want to know what Outdoor Adventure Skills YOU are most interested in working on! Click here to answer a quick survey to tell us which skills you are most interested in, and that’ll help us to decide which OAS our first workshop will focus on!

(What are Outdoor Adventure Skills? They are an invitation for Scouts to try something new—to be outside more, testing themselves with progressive challenges while always staying within their capabilities to stay safe. In short, it’s about having life-changing experiences. They are also able to be developed from Beavers all the way to Rovers, so youth can develop their skills as they progress along the Canadian Path!)

If you’re interested in helping us organize the workshops, or have a specific skill(s) that you can help mentor, let us know! There’s a spot at the end of the survey where you can leave your email so we can get in touch with you!

Your CEC Youth Development Committee

Healthy Youth Relationships Training

Scouts Canada and the Canadian Red Cross have partnered to offer the Healthy Youth Relationships Course to our youth. The course is designed for Scout and Venturer-aged youth, and is in-line with the Ontario curriculum for those age groups. The program covers topics including:

  • building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • communication and conflict resolution
  • dating violence, emotional violence, physical violence
  • consent and sexual violence
  • how to intervene and respond to dating violence
  • promoting healthy relationships

Additionally, the content is presented in an interactive format, where youth will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of exercises and activities to reinforce the messages of the program.

I have been trained in the program and am able to both deliver it as well as train youth facilitators to support me in this. Because the course is made up of 12 sessions to be delivered to youth, I do not anticipate that I will be able to organize and deliver the training to a section before the end of this Scouting year. Instead, between now and August 31st, my goal is to recruit and train youth facilitators to be able to support me in delivering the program, and then once we get into the fall, we will be ready to deliver the program to different sections. Because it is made up of 12 sessions of varying lengths, I do not want to deliver all of the sessions through weekly meetings as that would take up a lot of valuable time for your youth. Rather, my plan is for sections who would like to take the training, we can run the first few intro sessions through one or two meeting nights, but then the bulk of the sessions can be done through a weekend camp.

At the moment, I’m keeping the training to sections within Mississauga since that is the most accessible for me at the moment.

With this information, of course if you have any questions please feel free to ask. I would ask that if you have any Venturers or Rovers who you think might be interested in helping to deliver this training as youth facilitators to please let me know (there is a two-day training piece for facilitators, but it’s mainly just going through the content and becoming familiar with the pieces that the facilitators are able to run). As well, if your sections (Troops or Companies) might be interested in participating in the program, please let me know so we can start planning for the fall when I start rolling this out.

Yours in Scouting,
Alexander Court

Group Commissioner Woodbadge – Saturday, April 1, 2017

Central Escarpment will be holding a Group Commissioner Woodbadge on Saturday, April 1, 2017. (No joke!)

It will be held at the Woodland’s Operation Center, 1179 Bronte Road, Oakville, Ontario (Highway 25 and QEW, north of the Region of Halton Headquarters).

The Course will run from 8:00am to 5pm (coffee, water, snacks and light lunch included).  The fee is $20.00.  Registration must be received no later than March 17, 2017.

Course Prerequisites are the Group Committee Woodbadge I and Canadian Path Training (either Woodbadge I for the Canadian Path or Canadian Path Fundamentals Training.)  These training modules are available online via the David Huestis Learning Centre).

Click -HERE- for the Training Application form.

For more information and to RSVP your spot, contact Course Leader Albert  Fuchigami (

Appointment Announcement – DCC Volunteer Development

(Click here for the official appointment announcement)

It is with great pleasure that we announce George Christian as Deputy Council Commissioner for Volunteer Development.

George has been involved in Scouting for nearly 25 years as an adult, holding various roles including Venturer/Rover Advisor, Area Commissioner of Mississauga, worked on staff for Canadian Jamborees, at the National level in Program redevelopment, Canadian Cub Jamboree, The World Rover Moot, Scout Brigade of Fort George, Chief Elections Officer for Scouts Canada, and Council Commissioner for CEC. He has a passion for volunteer development and has been involved in Woodbadge I and IIs in CEC for a number of years.

We are excited to welcome George to the team in CEC and look forward to him working closely with the volunteers and staff to focus on successfully delivering on our 5 priorities.

Please help me in congratulating George in his new Role and we look forward to what the Future hold for Central Escarpment Scouting and Scouts Canada.

It Starts With Scouts

Deanna DeVito – Central Escarpment Council Youth Commissioner
David Frederick – Central Escarpment Council Commissioner
Ian Foss- Executive Director Scouts Canada