Wood Badge Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE WILL THE COURSE BE HELD?

Wood Badge W2-62-17 will be held at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch located 45 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado, near the village of Red Feather Lakes, at an elevation between 7,200 feet and 8,000 feet.  Street Address: The address for the camp is 2331 County Road 68C, Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545 Lat / Lon: Looking for something more specific? 40.751,-105.502 For a printable driving map to BDSR click here.

WHEN I ARRIVE AT BDSR WHERE DO I PARK

When you arrive at BDSR on the morning of course please back into a parking space and meet us at the Heritage Museum. A guide will meet you there to take you to your Wood Badge course. Please do not proceed beyond the Museum without a guide.

WHAT ARE THE COURSE DATES?

A pre-course orientation will be held on TBD at the TBD in Fort Collins. The address is TBD. We will begin at 2:00 pm and last only a couple of hours. The first weekend of the course begins on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 8:00 am. and concludes around 5:30 pm. on Saturday, August 4th. Weekend two will begin at 8:00 am on Thursday, August 16, 2018 and conclude at approximately 5:00 pm on Saturday, August 18, 2018. You must attend the entire course through closing to receive credit for attendance. You may spend the night of the 3rd and 17th at BDSR if you desire.

WHAT IS THE COST?

The course fee is $275.00. Early Bird Discount; a $25 discount will be offered to the those who register and pay the deposit by April 1 and pay all fees ($250) by May 1, 2018. The entire course fee must be paid no later than July 1, 2018.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

You can register for Wood Badge W2-62-18 online by clicking here.  Or if you wish to register via the mail, click here.

HOW WILL COMMUNICATION WORK?

This course will use multiple methods to communicate with registered course participants.  Before the Course starts, Contact Ed Gage the Course Scribe via email, phone (970-302-3455 voice/SMS), Facebook, or Skype (co_landline).  He is the designated resource for Course communications, and can get you the resources or information you need.  Additional methods will be given to registered participants.

IS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?

Yes. We want Wood Badge to be available to all Scouters. Often, participants are partially sponsored by their units or their chartered organizations. Limited scholarship assistance is available. Please contact the Course Director Curt Carlson if you would like to discuss scholarship opportunities or an alternative payment schedule. The best way to manage the course fee is to register early and make regular payments until the fee is paid in full.

ARE THERE PREREQUISITES FOR ATTENDING?

  1. Be a registered member of Boy Scouts of America and at least 18 years old.
  2. Have completed the basic training courses for your scouting position, including Youth Protection and position specific training.
  3. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment.

WHERE WILL I BE SLEEPING?

You will be sleeping as a patrol in Scout wall tents place on a wooden platform. The campsites are fairly “rustic.” If you wish to stay at camp on Thursday night you will need to provide your own tent or shelter. We must know if someone is staying at camp on Thursday, so please contact us for instructions on where you will be camping, time to arrive, etc.

WHAT ABOUT MEALS?

During the first weekend your meals will be prepared for you at Coral Rock Lodge. For the second weekend your patrol will be preparing and eating from your own menu at your campsite.

WHAT IF I NEED A SPECIAL DIET?

If you have a special diet requirement, let us know as soon as possible. The isolated location of Ben Delatour limits the availability of many specialized or kosher food items. You may need to bring these items from home. The Wood Badge quartermasters will make every effort to meet your needs but may not be able to accommodate persons following strict diets for religious or medical reasons.  When you complete registration for the course, you will need to fill out an Individual Food Restrictions form and return it to staff.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE?

YES!  BSA has a height-weight requirement, and all participants must complete a medical examination prior to the course using the A, B, and C medical form. To download the medical forms, click here. This form requires an examination by a physician, nurse practioner, or certain other medical professionals. Please be sure to schedule your medical examination well in advance of the deadline to avoid your withdrawal from the course. Planning ahead is key! If you do not meet these requirements or have any questions or concerns about the BDSR medical requirements please contact the Course Director, Curt Carlson.

Please mail your completed Medical Forms and Food Restriction form so they are received by July 1, 2017 to:

Longs Peak Council
c/o Ed Gage, WoodBadge W2-62-17
719 – 36th Ave Court, Greeley, CO 80634
Greeley, CO 80634

Forms cannot be sent or received electronically due to HIPAA restrictions.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

Your arrival at Camp will be during the summer, but please understand that the mountains can deliver almost any kind of weather at any time. Sunshine is the norm, so be sure to bring sun block and a hat. Because of the dry climate, campers should drink sufficient quantities of water to avoid dehydration. Due to the dry climate we are often on fire ban. Daytime temperatures will range from the high 60’s to the mid 80’s, and evenings can be as cool as the upper 30’s to the low 40’s. When it rains, it is usually very chilly, and the rain is very cold. Summer thunderstorms can bring hail that covers the ground like snow. Rain gear for all campers is a must! Warm jackets, sweatshirts, and hats should also be packed. As always: Be Prepared!

The elevation at Camp is around 7,200 feet. At this elevation we have to remember to be very conservation minded and to stay on the trails and only camp in designated areas. Any additional wear and tear on the land can take years to re-grow!

WHAT GEAR DO I NEED TO BRING?

The personal equipment list for the course can be downloaded here.

WHAT ARE THE UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS?

The Official Scout Field Uniform is required consisting of:  Official Scout Field Uniform Shirt (the shirt you wear to support the position you have in Scouting); Official Scout long pants and/or Official Scout shorts; a Scout leather or web belt and Scout socks.  (No jeans or khaki slacks, please.)  During the course you will be wearing a course ball cap and a course neckerchief which is provided as part of your course fee.  Also provided is a course activity shirt which will be worn on occasion.  Please indicate your t-shirt size on the Participant Application form.  Please see the Adult Leader Uniform Inspection Sheet for additional information.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Driving Directions:
Interstate – 25 North to Fort Collins, Colorado.
Merge onto CO-14 W / E MULBERRY ST via EXIT 269B toward FT COLLINS – Turn SLIGHT RIGHT on-to RIVERSIDE AVE.  RIVERSIDE AVE becomes JEFFERSON ST. (4.2 Miles)
Turn RIGHT onto US-287 N / N COLLEGE AVE / CO-14 W. Continue to follow US-287 N (20.3 Miles). Do not turn on CO 14 at the Poudre Canyon.
Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto CR-74E / REDFEATHER LAKES RD (known as the Forks). Continue to fo-low CR-74E / REDFEATH-ER LAKES RD. (16.1 Miles)
Turn LEFT onto CR-68C / BOY SCOUT RD – Portions unpaved. (2.4 Miles) to main gate.

Here are a number of other ways to get to Ben Delatour Scout Ranch.

Approximate Travel Times:

  • From Greeley – 1.5 hours
  • From Fort Collins – 1.0 hours
  • From Laramie – 1.0 hours
  • From Cheyenne – 2.0 hours
  • From Boulder – 2.0 hours
  • From Fort Morgan – 2.5 hours
  • From Denver – 2.5 hours

WHAT IF I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Contact Ed Gage, the Course Scribe.

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