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Volunteer Development for
Section Leaders

Basic and Advanced Learning Objectives


  1. Overview
  2. Section Specific Orientation
  3. Basic Program Planning and Delivery
  4. Advanced Program Planning and Delivery Objectives
  5. Information for a new Leader
  6. Other Training Resources

Replacing the former Woodbadge 1 and 2 guidelines, this set of learning objectives is designed to make the leader training and evaluation process more user-friendly than ever before. They are strictly competency-based: previous experience, and demonstrated skills and abilities are now fully considered when evaluating leader qualifications.

The Basic Program Planning and Delivery Objectives are typical activities leaders engage in when planning, delivering, evaluating and managing weekly programs - as well as annual program planning.

Leaders requiring additional training/development can acquire these skills through on-the-job training, coaching/mentoring or by attending workshops.

Advanced Outdoor Skills and Program Planning & Delivery Objectives focus on a different skill set, including leadership abilities and the more advanced skills leaders need to take their program outdoors for weekend camps and outings.

Now there is a means of quick identification of demonstrated ability on the job! We can help leaders to be successful by providing them with personalized development plans according to their needs. This provides for a flexible, easy-to-understand learning opportunity and faster, more accurate recognition for all leaders.

Recognition for demonstrating these competencies is the traditional Woodbadge woggle (Basic) and beads (Advanced). These will be presented to the leader at an appropriate time and place once the leader has demonstrated that he/she has acquired the appropriate knowledge/skills.

Former National Commissioner Sam Elsworth wrote to Provincial Commissioners in June, 2002 introducing these new objectives, you can read his memo.

Selection Interview Objectives

Every new leader must participate in a Selection Interview as part of the volunteer screening process. Besides screening in acceptable leaders, the interview provides an opportunity to provide the prospective leader with information about Scouting and the role of the leader. This information provided in the model interview (See Scouts Canada's Volunteer Screening Handbook) is summarized in the Selection Interview Objectives.

Read the document outlining this process.

Orientation Objectives

Once the interview and reference checks are complete, and the new leader has initiated a police records check, the new leader begins a three month Orientation and Probation Period. The information new leaders need to receive during this period is summarized in the Orientation Objectives.

Section Specific Orientation Forms - now in editable PDF format! Just fill in the appropriate text and print. These Orientation forms are designed to be customized to suit the information for your group.

Basic Program Objectives

Basic Program Planning and Delivery - Core Learning Objectives

Basic Program Planning and Delivery - Section Specific Learning Objectives:

Use the Basic Learning Objective and Checklist and Progress Record to track your progress through the learning objectives similar to the way the youth complete their badges. Commissioners are responsible for identifying suitable evaluators for leaders.

Advanced Program Planning and Delivery Objectives


NOTE: The sets of learning objectives posted to this site apply to all councils in Canada and replace any previously issued sets of Woodbadge Guidelines. Please contact your local or next senior council to provide feedback or to seek clarification.

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