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    • I'd heard this too and so just did a few minutes looking around.  This appears to be a very common, and in fact recommended practice amongst non-profits. I find it interesting as it prepeptuates the notion of board members buying their spots on the board.  In an era where qualifications for jobs is more important than ever I find it curious that in the non-profit space there is almost a caste system that suggests board members should have to contribute financially to be on the board.  I was at least expecting that this was a topic of debate, but I didn't see much in a quick look around.
    • Great question! I look at the weekends of training as having three main aspects: specific content taught in classes building a network among other like minded Scouters and staff having fun & building additional enthusiasm for Scouting specific content taught in classes I think this is hit or miss depending on what you know going in.  The Wood Badge material is just about entirely focused around you becoming a stronger leader in your Scouting life.  So, depending on what you know already and what your experience level is in a leadership role you may or may not pick up many new things.  I for example had been through several leadership development programs at work.  I could certainly see similarities in what I do at work vs. what I was being exposed to here.  However, I took away a lot because it was targeted at Scouting.  How to talk to parents.  How do deal with other volunteers.  etc. I was a Scout for 5 years as a youth and a Cub Scout leader for a year before taking Wood Badge.  In the course, I also learned a lot about other parts of the program I was not familiar with - Venturing for example. I also picked up some knowledge about more nuts and bolts stuff that I didn't know going in - planning a campfire for example.  But, I think this varies a lot depending on what you do in Scouting. building a network among other like minded Scouters and staff I cannot say enough how big a benefit this was for me.  I'm in a mid size council.  I met people from all over the area that I never knew before.  I went from an Asst. Cubmaster who knew people in my pack to a someone who had contacts all over the council.  That was really helpful. Now, if you're someone who helps out around the council, then perhaps this isn't a big deal.  But if you were like me, it was a big help. having fun & building additional enthusiasm for Scouting This was one of my favorite parts.  In my home pack, there was always a sort of a "if we have to" feeling.  People would do things, but they were not quite rushing out to do stuff.  I found the enthusiasm for Scouting in my course was unlike anything I had in our pack.  This was a real help and encouragement to me as a volunteer.   Disclaimer - don't skip your ticket though.  As much as I enjoyed the course, I'm even more happy that I completed my ticket.  
    • Remember 12th code of Dinotopia:   Find the fun. 
    • Photographing the color guard: cool. Photographing players and audience: not cool.
    • Another factor for any non-profit board of an organization that seeks grant funding is that many (if not most) major grants want to know if all of the Board members are donors.  In some cases you aren't eligible or may receive lesser consideration if your Board donation rate isn't 100%.  Of course, this can be accomplished by requiring a minimum $1.00 donation or a minimum $1000 donation.    
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