Wood Badge is Scouting's premier training course. It's the ultimate leadership training experience designed to meet the leadership needs for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders as well as council and district leaders and Scouting professionals.
Lord Baden-Powell originally designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. It is first and foremost, learning by doing.
Wood Badge has evolved into the core leadership skills training course for the BSA. The Wood Badge course focuses on strengthening every volunteer's ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults and is less focused on outdoor skills, which are more effectively addressed in other courses.
The object of the Wood Badge course is to demonstrate, as practically as possible, the aims and methods of Scouting. Upon successful completion of the course the participant receives a certificate and the Wood Badge - two wooden beads worn on a leather thong around the neck. These beads replicate the beads found by Baden-Powell during a campaign in Africa in 1888. They belonged to Dinizulu, an African chieftain. In searching for a suitable recognition for those who completed the first course in 1919, Baden-Powell remembered the beads and decided to present a bead to each participant. At that time, the course was called Wood Badge.
As a result of attending Wood Badge training, participants will be able to do the following:
Curriculum and Leadership Skills
Wood Badge training consists of two parts - a practical phase and an application phase. The practical phase is conducted as a troop in a camping setting. Here leadership skills can be learned and practiced as part of life in a troop. The application phase happens at the conclusion of the practical phase for a period of not more than 18 months. During both phases of the Wood Badge course, five central themes are developed:
The practical phase of the Wood Badge course reflects unit meetings and also uses a unit camping activity as its delivery model. During the course the model Boy Scout troop will serve as the foundation for training purposes. This is done for several reasons.
The Boy Scout troop simulation provides a good framework in which to practice leadership skills introduced in the course.
Boy Scouting provides a natual bridge between the various programs in Scouting and leaders should understand the importance of transition.
It would be difficult, and most likely confusing, to simultaneously model Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing in one course.
It should be noted that although this foundation is utilized, the course content and leadership principles introduced apply to Scouters in all leadership positions and will provide a common foundation of leadership skills to be used throughout all program areas.
Who May Attend Wood Badge'
Wood Badge is advanced leadership training for adult leaders in all of Boy Scouting’s program areas - Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing - as well as council and district leaders. This includes assistant leaders, committee members, and “just parents” in all areas.
All leaders are encouraged to attend Wood Badge; there is no minimum tenure requirement.
Since it is advanced training, though, there are some important requirements. You must...
COST: The cost is $250 if paid in full 90 days prior to course start and $275 if paid up to 30 days prior to course start. Registrations paid less than 30 days from start of course may incur a $25 fee to cover last minute supplies. A $50 deposit is required at the time of registration. This fee is refundable (less a 15% administration charge) up to 30 days prior to course start date.
*Note- If paying by credit card you will incur a 2.75% convenience charge at checkout that will be added to your fee each time you make a payment. If you pay using electronic check, you will NOT pay this fee.