Wood Badge 2020
NOTE: the Second Weekend of Wood Badge has been rescheduled to Sept 26-27.
WHAT IS WOODBADGE?: Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations through- out the country.
Wood Badge training was begun by Baden Powell in 1919 as a way to insure that the leaders of Scout troops were properly trained. Since then Wood Badge has been held world- wide, providing advanced leadership training to thousands of Scout leaders.
Wood Badge builds upon the best traditions and experiences of the Boy Scouts of America and also draws from a wide range of courses within and beyond the bounds of Scouting to present the latest in leadership theory and team development.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?: Wood Badge is designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of all Scouters, particularly unit level Scouters, such as Cub leaders, Scoutmasters and assistants, Venturing Crew Advisors, Committee Chairs and members. Additionally Scouters serving at the district and council levels can achieve greater effectiveness through Wood Badge.
WHY ATTEND?: By taking Wood Badge, Scouters will acquire valuable tools such as listening, communicating, conflict management, project planning and leading change. Participants will better learn to understand and appreciate diversity and differences in our society. They will learn skills that will make them a better Scout leader. Units with trained leaders are able to deliver an improved program and a more meaningful experience for the youth Scouting serves. By attending Wood Badge, the participants will internalize the 5 themes of Wood Badge: Living the Values, Growing, Connecting, Guiding, Empowering.
QUALIFICATIONS: Each participant must be a registered adult leader and have completed Youth Protection Training and the Leader Specific Training appropriate to his/her position in Scouting. Attendance at all five course days is required. Because of the advanced nature of Wood Badge, these requirements WILL NOT be waived.
RECOGNITION: Upon successful completion of the ticket, the participant is entitled to receive special recognition, which consists of the Wood Badge beads (two wooden beads on a leather thong), a mauve neckerchief, a leather woggle (neckerchief slide), and a course certificate. Recognition items not only identify a Scouter who has completed advanced training, but also remind the recipient of an ongoing commitment to continued service to Scouting.
COURSE LOCATION AND TIME: The practical training part of the course is held at the Donald W. Reynolds Scout Training Center at Gus Blass Scout Reservation located in Damascus, Arkansas during two mandatory weekends, one for three days and one for two days.
- Weekend 1: 8:00 a.m. Friday, February 28 through 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2020
- Weekend 2: 8:00 am Saturday, Sept 26 through 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept 27, 2020
COURSE LODGING & EQUIPMENT: Course participants will sleep in Reynolds Scout Training Center the first weekend of the course and will enjoy meals prepared by the Quartermaster Staff. During the second weekend, participants will sleep in their own tents and will be given the opportunity to prepare their own meals as a patrol with all food being provided. All participants are strongly encouraged to camp with their patrols, however participants with special needs that preclude them from camping will have access to accommodations in the Reynolds Scout Training Center.
UNIFORM: Field uniforms are worn at breakfast, dinner, flag ceremonies, & special events. Scouting activity shirts or Course t-shirts may be worn at other times.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: There is limited physical activity in the Wood Badge course. However, if there is any question of your ability to take part, please get in touch with the Wood Badge Course Director before submitting your application. A current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record is required for attendance and is available for download at:
COST: The course fee is $275.00, which covers the cost for training materials and all meals for both weekends. A deposit of $50.00 is required to hold a place on the course. Your payment must be submitted with the completed application. An early bird discount of $25 is available if paid in full by January 29. Registrations after February 21 are subject to a $25 late fee.
COURSE SIZE: Limited to the first 48 paid participants so early registration is recommended. Those registering after the course is full will be placed on a waiting list.