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Wood Badge - Scouting's Ultimate Leader Training

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 For The 21st Century 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.

As a result of attending Wood Badge training, participants will be able to

  • View Scouting globally, as a family of interrelated, values-based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth.   
  • Recognize the contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and leading government organizations that are relevant to our values-based movement.   
  • Apply the skills they learn from their participation as a member of a successful working team.   
  • Revitalize their commitment by sharing in an overall inspirational experience that helps provide Scouting with the leadership it needs to accomplish its mission on an ongoing basis.

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 focused on and developed:

  • Living the Values   
  • Bringing the Vision to Life   
  • Models for Success   
  • Tools of the Trade   
  • Leading to Make a Difference

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 requirements. 

Since it is advanced training, though, there are some important requirements. You must

  1. Be a registered as an adult leader of the Boy Scouts of America, and active in a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Varsity team, Venturing crew, or a District or Council position.   
  2. Have not previously attended a Wood Badge course.   
  3. Have completed basic training for the position you currently hold.   
  4. Have completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate to your Scouting position.   
  5. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment and have a BSA Class 3 physical valid through the beginning of the course.
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