Wood Badge Pre-course assignment

Twenty Questions

An important focus of the upcoming Wood Badge course will be a consideration of our roles as leaders in Scouting, in the work place, in our communities, and in the nation. Among the most valuable discussions that will occur will be an ongoing consideration of setting leadership goals and then determining the manner in which those goals can be reached.

The Twenty Questions pre-course assignment is intended to help you lay the groundwork for the course by developing a clearer understanding of your personal interests, values, and sense of the future. At Wood Badge, you will have the opportunity to channel that information into the development of specific goals and effective means of action.

This assignment is for you to do on your own. No one except you will see the results of this assignment.

Use this opportunity to take a good look at where you are now in terms of interests, leadership skills and opportunities, and where you would like to be. Be as honest as you can.

Enjoy the experience.

What to do:

Set aside time to think seriously about the following questions.

Answer the questions as fully and honestly as you can.

Write down your answers and bring them to the Wood Badge course. You will find them to be a helpful reference—only you will see the answers.

Don’t worry about what the "right" answers are or about satisfying someone else’s idea of how you should respond. No one except you will see what you write.

The Questions:

1. What do I feel are my greatest strengths?

2. What strengths do others notice in me?

3. What do I most enjoy doing?

4. What qualities of character do I most admire in others?

5. Who is a person who has made a positive impact on my life?

6. Why was that person able to have such significant impact?

7. What have been my happiest moments in life?

8. Why were they happy?

9. If I had unlimited time and resources, what would I choose to do?

10. When I daydream, what do I see myself doing?

11. What are the three or four most important things to me?

12. When I look at my work life, what activities do I consider of greatest worth?

13. What can I do best that would be of worth to others?

14. What talents do I have that no one else really knows about?

15. If there things I feel I really should do, what are they?

16. What are my important roles in life?

17. In each of those roles, what are my most important lifetime goals?

18. In five years, what role do I see for myself in Scouting?

19. What would I really like to be and to do in my life?

20. What are the most important values I use to guide and motivate my actions?