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2023 Wood Badge

Event Details

Registration extended until

September 15, 2023!

What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals. The course takes place over two weekends in the fall.

Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, Explorers, and District and Council Scouters all are welcome and belong here.

Why do you want to go?

How would you like to attend a training that takes you far beyond your basic leader training? How about a leadership course that rivals many corporate level trainings? Would you like to build your skills in Team Building, Communication, Conflict Management, and Teaching methods?

You want to participate in a Wood Badge course because of things you will learn and do. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Stronger units. You will make your Scouting unit — and your sons’ and daughters’ units — stronger.
  • What and why of Scouting. You will have a deeper understanding of what Scouting is and why we do it.
  • Experience. You will learn and experience things that will stay with you in Scouting and the rest of your life.
  • Fun. You will have fun and you will meet interesting people.
  • Other groups. You will make your other groups, like work, church, even family, stronger.

Wood Badge is here for you. This is not a troop leader training but is designed for Scouting leaders. This course will help you better understand how all the Scouting programs tie together. It will provide you with many useful leadership tools to help enable our youth to have the best possible Scouting experience. There is no better time to attend a Wood Badge course and make a difference in your unit than now!

Purpose of Wood Badge

The purpose of Wood Badge is to develop skilled leaders who can strengthen Scouting units in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

When we accomplish the mission of Scouting, we do it in the units. Therefore, the short form of the purpose of Wood Badge is to strengthen units.

Although the course is different today, what Baden-Powell said in 1919 still applies:

One of the purposes of Wood Badge training is to get Scouters to think about the practice of Scouting, to meet together, to exchange experiences, and to live together in the spirit of the Scout Oath.

What should you expect?

We do many things on the course, like:

  • Listening
  • Managing conflict
  • Leading change
  • Stages of team development
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Leadership for different stages
  • Servant leadership
  • Project planning

And more!

These come to you in presentations, games, discussions, activities, and other methods.

When & Where
2023 Wood Badge 1st Wknd
Camp Old Indian
Friday 09-29-2023 7:00 AM ET to
Sunday 10-01-2023 5:00 PM ET Past
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2023 Wood Badge 2nd Wknd
Fluor High Adventure Base and Leadership Center at Camp White Pines
Saturday 10-21-2023 7:00 AM ET to
Sunday 10-22-2023 5:00 PM ET Past
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