Wood Badge is the Boy Scouts of America's ultimate leadership training designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of Scouters in all aspects of the BSA, whether unit, district, or council level – from assistant den leaders to Scoutmasters, from Cubmasters to Venturing Advisors, from committee members to commissioners. It is a fun, energetic and inspiring course guaranteed to infuse your unit with fun and meaning – all designed to fulfill the mission of the BSA, and ensure our youth is getting everything they are promised from the program.
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 throughout the country. Participants can expect to develop skills in many areas, including leadership theory, team building, problem-solving, communication, project planning and more. These skills can be taken back to packs, troops, crews and ships to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs. Scouters will find these skills invaluable in their business and personal lives as well.
Wood Badge consists of two parts:
- The first five full days is the initial group training, usually held over two weekends - the first weekend Friday through Sunday, and the second Saturday and Sunday.
- The second part requires participants to apply the skills they learned by completing a 5-part plan (called a “ticket”) over the following 18 months, leading towards the individual participant’s vision of a better Scouting future.
Requirements for attending Wood Badge:
- Be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America and age 18 or older.
- Have completed the basic position-specific training courses for their Scouting role.
- Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. All participants are required to complete the Annual Health and Medical Record. Parts A, B, and C are required which includes a physical. Part C is required for everyone, including people who are not present for more than 72 hours.
Wood Badge Flier
NOTE: Individuals who have attended Wood Badge, a different version of Wood Badge training, or who did not complete the course my attend Wood Badge provided that (1) they agree to write and work a Wood Badge ticket; and (2) they agree not to wear Wood Badge beads while they are attending the course.
Wood Badge Registration
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||September 18-20 (begins Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm) and October 3-4 (begins Saturday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm).
||March 13-15 (begins Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm) and second-weekend date TBD (begins Saturday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm).
A minimum (non-refundable) deposit is due with registration, and then full payment is due 45 days before the start of the course. Each Wood Badge course is limited to 48 participants. Per national guidelines, any course not having 30 fully paid participants 30 days prior to the start of the course is subject to cancellation.
As stated above, the course is held over two weekends. Both weekends are camping activities where the participants provide tents and other personal camping equipment. During the first weekend, all meals are provided. During the second weekend, participants cook their own meals in smaller groups called patrols.
Wood Badge Staff
The Wood Badge course staff members contribute to the growth of each participant, the strength of all the participants' units, and the improvement of all those units' communities. Staffers make a big difference in the lives of many people, even though many of them never know you exist. Staff members also benefit directly by growing in leadership and in an understanding of Scouting. Staffers make new friends -- serving together on Wood Badge creates a deep bond. Moreover, the Wood Badge program is very rich, so every time you staff, you learn more about what it offers. If you are interested in serving on Wood Badge staff, please complete an application.
Wood Badge Staff Application
Wood Badge Fleece Jacket
You’ve taken the journey to attend Wood Badge training, now purchase a special keepsake that will preserve your amazing experience! Purchase your very own Wood Badge jacket and wear it proudly! Jackets are black 100% spun soft polyester fleece with non-pill finish surface, and will have the SHAC Wood Badge logo embroidered on the left, front side of the jacket. Front-zip pockets. Warm, lightweight, comfortable and highly breathable. Logos will not have specific course numbers. All jackets ordered will be mailed for an additional $10 charge as they are not available for pick-up at the council office. All current and past participants of Wood Badge may order a jacket. The spring 2020 order will be placed on February 2nd. Any orders after this date, will not be accommodated.