- Kodiak (Boy Scouts of America)
name = Kodiak
type = award
Boy Scouts of America
award-for = Leadership training
website = http://www.kodiak-bsa.org/
Kodiak, and its followup Kodiak X, are the second and third level leadership development courses for Venturers in the
Boy Scouts of America's Venturing program for older youth (14-21).
Venturing Leadership Skills Course(VLSC), all Venturers in a crew are encouraged to participate in this courses, not just the crew officers. VLSC, while recommended, is not a requirement for attending Kodiak. Kodiak, along with Kodiak X, are the second and third courses in the overall Venturing youth leadership development program called "Nature of Leadership." In fact, when it was first being developed, Kodiak was being offered as "Nature of Leadership Treks".
Kodiak is presented in a six-day (or 2 weekend)
high adventuretrek-oriented course. It may be conducted by a crew or by a local council. Because it is offered in a trek-format, Kodiak can be incorporated into a long-term high adventure trip by a crew. It is not intended to be offered as a camp-based retreat format.
Kodiak covers five basic leadership concepts:
Completion of the course is recognized by the presentation of the Kodiak medal, which is worn on the left pocket. As Kodiak is a youth course, adults should not wear the medal unless they are promoting a Kodiak course they are involved with.
Kodiak X is a weekend course put on by local councils, which test the skills learned in Kodiak, and builds on them. It is intended to be offered at a camp, in a retreat/activity format. At this time, the course syllabus has not been released, so no official courses have been offered.
Kodiak X adds the following leadership concepts:
* Evaluating Performance
Completion of the course is recognized by the presentation of the Kodiak X medal (still in development), which is worn on the left pocket. As Kodiak X is a youth course, adults should not wear the medal unless they are promoting a Kodiak X course they are involved with.
Kodiak/Kodiak X Course Director Course
BSA National offers a Course Director Course for those adults wishing to put on Kodiak/Kodiak X courses for their crews or in their local councils. Currently, this course is offered in a week-long format at Philmont Training Center and at the Florida Sea Base Conference Center, and in a weekend format at the regional level. While attendance at this CDC is not required to offer a Kodiak course, it is encouraged. Attendance at this CDC is required to offer a Kodiak X course, however.
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