Bill Brodniak
Minsi Trails Council
Wood Badge
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Positions in Scouting:

Tiger Den Leader
Wolf Den Leader
Bear Den Leader
Webelos Den Leader
Pack Committee Chair
Cub Roundtable Chair
Cub Training Chair
District Committee Member
Assistant Scoutmaster
Eagle Board of Review Member
Merit Badge Counselor
Catholic Committee on Scouting Member
Boy Scout Religious Emblems Counselor

Awards Earned:

Cubmaster Award
Tiger Den Leader Award
Den Leader Award
Webelos Den Leader Award
Roundtable Staff Award
District Committee Key
District Award of Merit (Twice)
Boy Scout Leader Award
NESA Scoutmaster Award of Merit
James E. West Award
Scoutmaster Key
Scouters' Achievement Award
Commissioner Arrowhead
CCoS Fleur-de-lis Award
CCoS Golden Bow Award
CCoS Pope John XXIII Award
CCoS Diocesan Bishops Award

Training Received:

Fast Start - All Positions
CLBT - All Positions
BSA/Shooting Sports Rangemaster
Train the Trainer
Webelos Outdoor Training
Safe Swim Defense & Safety Afloat
Youth Protection
Commissioner Basic Training
Scoutmaster Position Specific
Scoutmaster Outdoor Skills
Wood Badge for the 20th Century


My Wood Badge Ticket

I have been in Scouting as a leader for the past twelve years. I always wanted to earn my Wood Badge, but just couldn't coordinate the Wood Badge schedule into my personal life's schedule. I'm sure you've all been there! I also wanted to attend the upcoming National Jamboree as a leader, but my council wanted all leaders to be "Wood Badge" trained. So I looked as 2009 to be the year that I finally would take Wood Badge. I arranged my schedule accordingly, and lo and behold - I attended the NE-IV-207 course of Wood Badge for the 21st Century.

One of the biggest components of Wood Badge is your ticket. This is basically the Eagle Scout Project for leaders. You have 18 months to finish your ticket, and if approved, will be awarded your Wood Badge beads upon completion. For my ticket, I chose to focus on the religious aspect of Scouting and the Twelfth Point. Being an active member of the Catholic Committee on Scouting in my area, I knew there were many opportunities to improve the committee and its program, and it was also an area that I wanted to get more deeply involved with.

So, this page contains the items which I included as goals for my Wood Badge ticket. If you are considering getting involved in the religious program in your area, or are just thinking about having your son work on his religious emblem, I encourage you to review some of my pages, the pages of this website, and to also investigate your local religious committee. As a Catholic, I know it is a strong and vibrant program and offers many opportunities for Scouts and Scouters alike. I also know that there are weaknesses in many areas, and for whatever reason, some committees may be thin or nonexistent. Remember, only YOU can make a difference. I never was a Scout, but I have devoted myself both to the program of Scouting and also the religious component of it, through the Catholic Committee on Scouting. I encourage you to consider doing the same. My favorite mantra in Scouting is "If it's not for the BOYS, it's for the BIRDS!"

Some of My Wood Badge Ticket Goals
Click on the ticket item you are interested in seeing

Promote the Religious Emblems Program
Write an Article for my Council Newsletter on the Religious Emblems Program
Create a Mission Statement for the Catholic Committee on Scouting
Train Adults to Become Religious Emblems Counselors
Create a Web-Based Resource to Serve as a Reflection for Adults
Create a Web-Based Resource of Religious Retreat Ideas
Create a Web-Based Resource of Religious Ceremony Ideas

I have to admit, I went overboard and once I got into my ticket items, I really wanted to redesign our current Catholic Committee on Scouting Website. So, on top of all the above, I also redesigned the website to be the one you are currently browsing now. I hope you like it - Personally, I love it!