2018 Wood Badge ASL

Great Salt Lake Council - American Sign Language


At the request of the Great Salt Lake Council and in an effort to fill the need to provide leadership training to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scout leaders, the Great Salt Lake Council was given the charter by the Boy Scouts of America's Volunteer Training Committee to develop a "Deaf Friendly" Wood Badge Course.  In May of 2012 the first ever ASL/English Bilingual Wood Badge course was held near Salt Lake City, Utah. The course curriculum was modified to enable and encourage both Deaf and hearing participants to engage with one another in a cooperative and supportive manner, while learning crucial leadership skills. Each leadership concept was presented in both ASL and English and all video presentations were closed captioned.  A crew of full time interpreters were on site throughout the course to interpret leadership concepts when presented and to assist in other communication needs between Deaf and hearing participants. Since that time three more ASL/English Wood Badge courses have been held in Utah. Deaf Scout leaders from coast to coast have traveled to Salt Lake City to participate and benefit from this outstanding leadership training.  The next ASL/English Bilingual Wood Badge Course is scheduled for July 2018. This will be a weeklong course to accommodate out of the area Scouters. 

Course Date and Location: July 9-14, 2018 - Thomas S. Monson Lodge Training Center.  
For the first time, a Deaf Scout leader, Aaron Bullock, has been selected as the Course Director. Aaron brings vast and valuable experience to this course. He has served on the staff for the previous four ASL/English Wood Badge courses and is a dynamic and dedicated Scouter. 
If you are a Deaf Scout leader or if you work with Deaf Scouts of any age including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers, this is a course that will change your life. For those of you who are hearing, this course brings a new perspective on inclusiveness and how to bring a richer Scouting experience to you and your Scouts through seeing that our strength comes from championing our collective diversity.

We would like to invite you to attend this ASL/English Wood Badge Course.

2018 ASL/English Bilingual Wood Badge Course
Course Director: Aaron Bullock
July 9-14 2018 (Weeklong)   
Monson Lodge Training Center - Hinckley Scout Ranch