What is Cedar Badge ILST?

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Cedar Badge: Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops teaches Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. This district-level event is intended to assist those units with limited training resources, or those interested in giving their leaders additional exposure to unit operations, how to plan campouts, campfires, interfaith services, how to lead songs, and make the youth-run program operate more smoothly.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is a requirement for National Youth Leader Training.

This is the original Cedar Badge, which was designed by the Mt. Rubidoux District Training Team. The original Cedar Badge is an overnight training course. Cedar Badge  is based on the Boy Scouts of America’s Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops and the Patrol Leader Handbook.

Further information will be emailed to the Scout after registration. Most information about the training and camping will be posted here.

FALL 2021 COURSE – Oct. 1-2

Here is a  video!

Welcome to Cedar Badge!

CB-Logo2Dear Scout,

Congratulations! You have signed up for your first leadership training outside your troop. Cedar Badge is a basic training course designed to develop your leadership skills and enhance your ability to lead others. 
Cedar Badge is about leadership, but it’s also about having fun with games and patrol spirit.

You’ll learn how to plan and conduct an interfaith service,  campfire and games. You’ll also learn how to lead a song. You’ll learn more about your leadership position and how to lead others. You will meet Scouts just like yourself who want to learn how to be better leaders and how to put on a quality program in their troop.

We have a staff that’s eager to serve you! 
Cedar Badge, created by Mount Rubidoux District, is based on Introduction to Troop Leadership Skills for Troops by the Boy Scouts of America and the Patrol Leader Handbook.

Cedar Badge supports the Scoutmaster’s job of training his youth leaders.

Here are four things you need to know before you attend Cedar Badge:

1. Cedar Badge will be held at Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, 7621 Granite Hill Drive, Jurupa Valley. Check-in starts Friday at 6 p.m. Eat dinner before you check in.  The course ends Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

2. Wear a complete Scout uniform, the same one you wear to your troop meetings. Look your best because you are representing your troop! But you do not need to wear your merit badge sash or OA sash. You should also bring a troop T-shirt (Class B or activity uniform) for wear on Saturday. In addition to your camping equipment, bring a  cup that can clip onto your belt, a pencil or pen, your Boy Scout handbook, the Patrol Leader Handbook (your troop library may have a copy you can borrow), a couple of marking pens you can use to make a patrol flag and lots of Scouting spirit! If you have a favorite campfire skit or yell and a favorite prayer or church song, make a note of them or bring copies. You may need them at Cedar Badge.

3. Bring your personal camping gear for an overnighter, such as tent, sleeping bag, clothes, flashlight, a cup, 10 essentials, warm jacket, poncho or rain suit. Scouts from the same unit will not be camping together.

4. Be Prepared! Be ready to learn, grow, and to experience fun and fellowship in a leadership training environment. This is not a summer camp or day camp experience.

If you or your parents have questions, call Robert Quezada at 951-686-5906 or write to mytroop62@hotmail.com

Yours in Scouting,

Robert Quezada

Scoutmaster, Cedar Badge – ILST

Fast Facts about the Fall 2021 course

–No late arrivals. No early departures.

–Check-in starts at 6 p.m.

–Bring a completed parent consent form with you

–Bring a COPY of your medical health record.

–Cracker barrel is provided Friday night

–All meals, drinks and snacks will be provided. If you have dietary restrictions contact the course Scoutmaster one week before the day of course and we will try to accommodate your needs. The kitchen is not peanut free.

–A day pack to carry your things Saturday might come in handy

–Course will provide you with a Cedar Badge Logbook

–Bring pen or pencil  to take notes

–Bring a canteen, water bottle or cup (we will have ice water)

–Bring your Boy Scout Handbook

–Bring The Patrol Leaders Handbook, which should be part of your troop library.

–Course ends 7 p.m. on Saturday.

–Scouts must be responsible for taking  their own doctor-prescribed medication


–You will be camping in  Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center with the surrounding hills as a backdrop

–Bring personal camping gear, including a tent

–Check-in starts at 6 p.m.

–Eat dinner before arriving and checking in for the course

–Scouts from the same unit will not be camping together.

Don’t forget the paperwork!

Scouts must bring a copy of the health form. We have to treat the event like a regular campout. So: parent’s permission slip and copy of health form. We also will follow all COVID protocols as required by CIEC if applicable.

Parent Consent Form:

http://www.bsa-ciec.org/document/parentguardian-consent-form-council-activity

The medical form (Parts A and B) or copy of one you gave to your troop:

Click to access 680-001_AB.pdf

YOU GOT QUESTIONS? WE GOT ANSWERS

CAN A BRAND NEW SCOUT ATTEND?

Cedar Badge ILST is a great leadership development experience for all new leaders in a troop. But it’s not a great experience for first-time campers or a Scout new to Scouting! If the Scout has yet to attend a campout or has only one under the  belt, the Scout  should first  obtain camping nights with the home troop. That’s the best place!

SHOULD MY SCOUT ATTEND CEDAR BADGE?

The best person to ask is the Scoutmaster. Check with him or her first! Cedar Badge does not replace a troop’s own youth leader training program.

MUST A LEADER OR ADULT ACCOMPANY THE SCOUT?

No. The training is for youths. Adult leaders do not have to attend the course with their Scout. Adults are welcomed to come and observe anytime — but beware! Staff may suddenly enlist you to help out!

WILL GIRLS CAMP WITH THE BOYS? 

Girls will tent in an area separate from the boys. Patrols will be composed of boys and girls. A female adult leader will be on staff.

WILL THE SCOUT EARN A MERIT BADGE?

No. This is a leadership training course. They do earn a patch and certificate.

IS THERE AN EQUIPMENT LIST?

No. The letter to the Scout says to bring gear for an overnight camp in a park. See that letter for details.  Scouts are responsible for their own belongings. Maybe put the Scout’s name on clothing and gear?

WILL THE SCOUT SLEEP IN A CABIN? 

No. See the letter to the Scout about what gear to bring. Scouts will sleep in tents they provide. All Scouts will share a tent; no Scout will be tenting alone.

I FORGOT – WHAT TIME DOES THE SCOUT ARRIVE?

As early as possible — but make sure the Scout has eaten dinner first or while waiting in the parking lot. The course starts check-in at 6 p.m. Often we start early when the staff is ready to rock!

MY SCOUT HAS DIET RESTRICTIONS, LIKE EATING NOTHING HEALTHY. WHAT CAN WE SAY?

Cedar Badge will do its best to accommodate a Scout’s diet if it is a medical or religious necessity. If that is the case, please contact the Cedar Badge Scoutmaster a week before the course and we will make efforts to have a diet special for the Scout. We cannot guarantee special menu changes if we are informed on the day of check-in. Otherwise, this isn’t a smorgasbord. Our kitchen is small and there will be cross-contamination of nuts, meats and anything else involved in food prep.

HOW ABOUT WI-FI? IS THERE INTERNET? 

Please DO NOT allow your Scout to bring the following: Any electronics (cell phone, iPod, tablet, video games, etc). Even though phone access is available at the facility Cedar Badge will be requiring the Scouts to unplug for the duration of the training. They will survive. If there is a situation that warrants parental contact, you will be contacted by the Cedar Badge staff.

HOW WILL THE SCOUT TAKE  MEDS?

Carefully. The Scout will tell the adult staffer at medical recheck about medication. The Scout — not the staff — will be responsible for taking the prescribed medication. We will not take responsibility for reminding the Scout to take the meds.

IS THERE A TRADING POST?

No. This isn’t summer camp. Please do not send money with your Scout. There are no additional costs for this training.

WE HAVE A BUNCH OF SCOUTS ATTENDING. WILL THEY BE IN THE SAME PATROL? 

Probably not. We assign Scouts to patrols based on time of check-in. That is why each Scout must bring a tent. Scouts WILL tent in pairs for safety reasons.

THE SCOUT IS NOT COMING TO CEDAR BADGE. NOW WHAT?

If the Scout is unable to attend the course please contact the Cedar Badge Scoutmaster. Contact information is on the flier (found on the council website). Be courteous: Let us know Friday night that the Scout is not attending. This way we don’t have to scramble to make calls about the Scout’s whereabouts. Refunds are not available at this point. Please see council policy on refunds in general.

THE SCOUT HAS TO LEAVE EARLY FOR ANOTHER APPOINTMENT. THAT COOL?

Nope. No late arrivals. No early departures. To earn the Cedar Badge certificate and patch the Scout must remain at the course until dismissal on Saturday.

MY LITTLE SNOOKY-WOOKY CAN BE QUITE A HANDFUL! HOW WILL YOU HANDLE DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS?

Cedar Badge does not have discipline problems. It is the problem of the parents and Scoutmaster. We will contact parents  to come to camp and pick up the Scout. We will contact the Scoutmaster to tell him his Scout was sent home. Refunds are not available at this point. Please see council policy on refunds in general.