National Youth Leadership Training
“Inspiring Individual Potential Toward Greatness”
An Introduction for Scouts, Parents, and Leaders
Information (Documents) You Will Need
for 2014 Cedar Badge are still being prepared
2014 Course Locations
Island Park (Tall Timber)
What is Cedar Badge?
Cedar Badge (CB) is celebrating its 44th year as the BSA's premier National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Program! Sponsored by the Grand Teton Council, CBNYLT provides an active, hands on enviroment for teaching youth cutting edge leadership, team work, and descision making skills. CBNYLT is simply the best leadership training available anywhere in the nation and at any cost! Some of the leadership and descison making skills taught include:
- Communicating Well
- Finding Your Vision
- Setting Your Goals
- We Are Gentlemen
- Preparing Your Plans
- Developing Your Team
- Solving Problems
- The Leading EDGE
- The Teaching EDGE
- Resolving Conflicts
- Making Ethical Decisions
- Leading Yourself
- Valuing People
In addition to the leadership skills tey will learn participants in the Boy Scout Cedar Badge program can complete requirements towards twenty two different merit badgees.
Cedar Badge Programs exist for each Scouting age group:
Boy Scout Cedar Badge--12 to 13 year old boys
Varisty Cedar Badge--14 to 17 year old boys
Venturing Cedar Badge--14 to 20 year old boys
Co-ed Venturing Cedar Badge--14 to 20 year old boys and girls
Each Cedar Badge participant recieves the Cedar Badge handbook and neckerchief. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, each participant is awarded the coveted Cedar Badge patch.
Boy Scout Cedar Badge Program
The Boy Scout CBNYLT (BSCB) program uses the Patrol Method in a Scout Camp setting to teach leadership skills and help scouts become effective youth leaders within the Boy Scout program.
Additionally, Participants are taought and use traditional Scoutcraft skills in various interpatrol activities and competitions. Capped off with an outpost hike and the populuar "WizBang" games. BSCB offers everything a scout needs to become an effective leader.
Varsity Cedar Badge Program
The Varsity CBNYLT (VCB) program offers all the leadership and Scoutcraft traing of the Boy Scout CB program combined with more adventure, activities, and fun!! Participants in VCB will experience:
- Overnight Outpost Camp
- Rendevous and Varsity Games
- Nightly Campfire Programs
In addition to the leadership skills they will learn, participants in teh Varsity Scout Cedar Badge program can complete requirements towards twenty two different merit badges.
Venturing Cedar Badge Program
Building on the Boy Scout CB and Varsity CB programs, Venturing CBNYLT/Kodiak is the pinnacle of the CBNYLT experience! During the Kodiak Trek, Venturing Crews, both male only and co-ed crews, learn to incorporate highly developed leadership abilities with advanced communication skills in team building activities, all while hiking the trails and floating the rivers of Idaho's beautiful mountain wilderness.
Who plans and conducts Cedar Badge?
The Cedar Badge Board of Directors, comprised of 24 young men and young women, lead and directs, the program. The balance of the Cedar Badge staff is selected and trained by the Board of Directors. Scouts who have attended and sucessfully completed the Cedar Badge program can apply to be on staff. The Cedar Badge program is overseen by a staff of carefully selected adn trained adult leaders.
How do Home Units benefit from having Scouts attend Cedar Badge?
Benefits for your home unit realized by having Scouts attend Cedar Badge include:
- Scouts have a positive Scouting experience with 350 to 500 other Scouts.
- Scouts return to their home units more excited adn knowledgable about Scouting.
- Scouts learn leadership skills that can be applied in home units.
- Scouts learn to work with others including people they have never met before, to accomplish tasks and activities.
- Scouts can obtain and realize the value of wearing scout uniforms.
How do Scout Leaders benefit from having Scouts attend Cedar Badge?
Benefits the unit leader recognizes from having scouts attend Cedar Badge include:
- Scouts are trained in leadership skills and proper unit operations; thus they make ideal junior leaders for your unit. (Ideal units have Cedar Badge trained youth and Wood Badge trained adult leaders.)
- Scouts set goals while at Cedar Badge that must be completed at home an in their home units. Many of these goals are actions that will improve the attitude and skills of your home units.
When and Where does Cedar Badge happen?
Cedar Badge is held at Treasure Mountain Scout Camp at the base of the Grand Teton Mountains, during late June of each year. It starts on Monday morning and completes with graduation mid-day on Saturday. Parents andothers are not invited to visit during the course, but are encouraged to attend the graduation on Saturday at NOON! (Won't hurt to be there early.)
Scouts must remain in camp during the entire course, from start to finish, to complete the course. Adult leaders or parents need to provide transporation to and from Cedar Badge.
How do Scouts Qualify to attend Cedar Badge?
To attend Cedar Badge, a Scout must:
- Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America
- Be a First Class Scout by Cedar Badge time.
- Have a prior weeklong or other camping experience. Cedar Badge is not for first time campers.
- Provide a completed Health and Medical Form.
- Be recommended by their unit leader.
How do Scouts Apply for Cedar Badge?
Complete a Cedar Badge Application Form, including parents and Unit leaders signature.
You can mail, email, or take the application directly to the Grand Teton Council Service Center at either:
574 4th Street
Idaho Falls, ID 8340
2306 Pocatello Creek Road
Pocatello, ID 83201
Payment can be handled by mail, taken directly to the Grand Teton Council Service Center, or used the online store to pay using a Credit Card or if you are authorized you can charge it to your unit's store account.
If you make payments online, please indicate in the User Comment Section the name of the participant.