About Your Ticket?
Don't be! A Wood Badge Ticket is five pages of significant, appropriate and measurable
personal growth and service items, using your Scouting "job." It's five
areas of personal growth and service. Each ticket is unique to every Wood
Badge participant- no two tickets are alike.
Here's how you write a ticket:
1) Be thinking and noting different areas of personal growth
and/or service to others in light of your Scouting job. 2)
One ticket item must pertain to diversity, which you will learn about during the
course. 3) Narrow your list to five items. 4) Your Troop Guide will have
final approval and can help you as needed.
But in order to apply the
leadership skills in your Scouting job, you should first write a lengthy job
description about your Scouting job on a separate sheet of paper. These
descriptions will help you to better develop ideas.
Download a ticket to print and
here for information on Diversity in your Ticket
Service to Others & Personal Growth
Each of your five ticket items must
be appropriate to your Scouting job and must provide personal growth and/or
service to others. (Examples are below.) What does this mean?
Service to Others.
Service to others is the area in which you would provide service to others
through your pack,
troop or crew. Keep in mind THROUGH your
unit, not TO your unit. You have learned some usable things, and now you
should be you leading others in your unit to provide service to others.
Personal growth is the area for items which you would like to develop or
improve your skills in order to become a better or stronger leader in your
unit. It may be a skill you've always wanted to learn, it may be areas
you want to improve.
Evaluating Each of Your Ticket Items
All ticket items should be S M A R T:
S - Significant
Is the item significant? Is it important? Will it have an impact on your unit's
program or you?
M - Measurable.
Is the item measurable? How will you know when it's done? Can the progress be
A - Appropriate.
Is this task within your job responsibilities? Does it need to be done? Is this
an opportunity that is available to you?
R - Realistic.
Can the item be accomplished? Can it be brought to a successful conclusion? Do
you have control over the task? (For example, losing 40 pounds may not be
T - Timely.
Can it be done in a timely manner? Is it going to take too much time? Can it be done in a reasonable time? Place a time limit on it, "A
Dream becomes a Goal, with a deadline on it."
Wood Badge has five Central Themes:
Do these five central themes covered in the two weekends of Wood Badge give
you any ideas? Remember, it's YOUR ticket- read these through and you'll
find plenty of Service to Others, Goals and Personal Growth.
- 1) Living the Values
- Values, mission,
- Aims and methods
- 2) Bringing the Vision to Life
- Listening to
- Giving and
- Valuing people
and leveraging diversity
- Coaching and
- 3) Models for Success
- Team development
- 4) Tools of the Trade
- Project planning
and problem solving
- Managing conflict
- Assessing team
- Managing change
- Celebrating team
- 5) Leading to Make a
- Leaving a legacy
- Learning the
greatest leadership secret
Some Example Ticket Items
Listed below are some items you might consider in developing your list. Try
not to use these items directly, but use them to generate creative thinking in
areas that might better serve others, your unit, or yourself.
"Strengthens Me" Ticket Items:
Learn three new knots and how to use them; Learn more about the Patrol
Method; Develop specific outdoor skills; Improve my campfire cooking skills
(learn how to cook three new meals); Earn BSA Lifeguard; Become certified on the
council climbing tower; Attend a Philmont skills training course; Learn public
speaking and presentation skills; learn and teach a merit badge; get a commercial driver's license so I can drive the
Troop bus; attend a seminar on a diversity-type subject and report on what I
learned; read a book on a personal growth subject and write a report; take a
Dale Carnegie Course; the list is endless!
"Strengthens My Group" Ticket Items:
Lead a camp service project; Assist another unit with an activity; Volunteer
for a camp cleanup project; Do a service project for our chartered sponsor; Lead
a community cleanup campaign; Lead a work project with our local food bank; Unit
to help with elderly yard care; get your unit leadership to take on a new
project; energize your Troop's leadership team. Are your juices flowing
yet? What are you good at? What projects can you get your unit
Implement the Patrol Method; Take my troop to Philmont;
Plan and carry out a fund raising project; Earn the National Camping Award;
Increase pack attendance by 20%; Conduct Junior Leader Training; Computerize
pack/troop/crew records; Update equipment; Improve the unit Advancement Plan;
Improve our camping program; help my District improve attendance at Roundtable;
conduct Pack/Troop/Crew training on the role of Diversity in Scouting.
be easy to identify and meet the S M A R T rule easily.)
Still Looking For Ideas?
Serve in a significant role on the staff of an "Intro to Outdoor Leader
Skills" or similarly challenging course.
Attend the Philmont Training Center this Summer.
Turn a hobby or work skill into a merit badge you can teach-- then teach it!
Aviation, radio, computers, transportation, dentistry, fly fishing... does it really matter?
Serve as a Unit Commissioner for a year. There are never enough unit
commissioners, and you'll be glad you did!
Call your Roundtable Commissioner and volunteer to give a presentation later
Conduct "FUN NIGHT" for minority elementary school (Hispanic) and/or minority
church (African American) with Pinewood Derby cars for boys who've not been
exposed to Cub Scouts.
Produce a "buddy book" with pack/troop rules, songs, skits, cookbook, prayers
and scout service outlines, etc. for use with new boys and their parents.
Volunteer to work with a Scoutreach unit, or better yet,
do so with your entire unit.
Arrange a recurring ADULT LEADERS ONLY meeting with the other packs or troops in
town. Goal is to work together to grow Scouting exposure in our town WITHOUT
putting each other down or destructive competitiveness.
Present a program on religious diversity with the
whole troop in preparation for participation in Scout Sunday. Talk about the
various religions of the area, acceptance of others even if you don't agree with
their views and then also gave information about the BSA religious emblems that
they can pursue.
Do a unit program, or better yet, a weekend event on disability awareness, which
can be done for your unit or for an entire district. Set up various events
that the boys would have to perform with a simulated disability...such as only
using one arm or being in a wheelchair, etc.
Have at least one patrol in the Troop earn the Baden-Powell award. (I have
heard Scoutmasters tell their boys if all patrols earn the BP award in a single
12 month period, they will allow the SPL to shave his head at District Camporee!)
One Cubmaster who serves a very rural pack linked
up with a inner-city pack for a series of activities.
One ticket item was aimed at getting greater
participation from the parents. The unit had a great core of parents who were
very active, and some parents who needed a little encouragement. (They were from
Ghana, the Philippines, and Taiwan.) The moms could really cook, but they
were shy about joining in for a bunch of reasons, language barriers or very
thick accents, mostly. I invited them, in two cases, driving them, to a troop
campout where they prepared traditional evening meals for the guys and adults.
Made them feel more a part of the group and REALLY gave us a some great lessons
What about organizing a Troop Committee Challenge for your group?
What about arranging to have an Eagle Scout adult come every few months to
talk to the boys about how his Scouting career (and being Eagle) has helped him
in his career path?
Do you have annual troop JLTs? How about more adventurous trips out of
Are many of your Scouts are den chiefs for packs? Can you build that
into a ticket item?
Is your Troop youth leadership bored with the same old leadership training?
Have them get Covey's "Seven Habits", read it and spend a weekend in a cool
location discussing and building on what they learned. Have different
adults from your unit lead each discussion group.
You struggling with anger management, or wanting to be better organized?
It doesn't matter what you want to get better at, why not make it a ticket item
to read two books on the subject and spend three months putting what you've
learned into practice.
Would the troop be interested in planning a mini-camporee for nearby packs?
Then do it!
Plan a trip to a national facility and do a service project there. The boys
will have a great time and can learn more about service, too.