SR-896 (WB 21-13) will be held over two weekends in September. The first weekend is September 5, 6, and 7, 2008. The second weekend is September 26, 27, and 28, 2007.  Please plan to arrive no earlier than 6:00 PM on the night before the course.  There will be optional activities on the preceding Thursday night that may help enhance your Wood Badge experience.  It will also be a great time to meet other participants and staff members to share in Scouting fellowship.  If you can not arrive the preceding evening, plan to be ready to start learning at 8:00 AM on the first day of the course.

The location of the course will be Camp George Thomas.  Camp George Thomas is west of Apache Oklahoma.  Click on the following link to see a map of how to get to Camp George Thomas

During the course, you will not only be taught state-of-the-art leadership skills, you will practice them while operating as a patrol.  You will be expected to write a ticket of five tasks that you will use your new leadership skills in carrying out.  These ticket tasks must be completed within 1.5 years in order to earn your beads, woggle, and neckerchief.  The final day to complete your ticket tasks will be March 29, 2010.

The course will be a uniformed event.  All participants and staff will be expected to wear the uniform for their current position in Scouting.  (You are no longer required to strip your uniform for the course).  You will be provided with 1 course shirt, 1 course cap, the course neckerchief and the appropriate insignia patches. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase additional shirts before and at the course.  You will be responsible for your personal care items, clothes, eating equipment, water bottle, sleeping accessories, and note-taking supplies. Follow this suggested personal gear list. In many cases, camping gear can be borrowed from other scouters that are not at the course to reduce the purchase of additional equipment. Remember our motto, Be Prepared. The Boy Scout Handbook provides an excellent equipment guide.  The course will provide general patrol-type equipment such as a chuck box, tents on the first weekend, food, etc.

There will be an initial troop meeting and course orientation on Saturday, August 9.  Information about the course, expectations of participants and staff, singing, and fun will be covered at this pre-meeting.  Attendance is not required, but strongly encouraged.  If you can not attend the meeting, please notify the Course Director Sheryl Morsman.  This will allow her to pass on information from the meeting to you, so you will be up to date with the most recent course information.