Wood Badge Info 2023
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 are 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 sills 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:
Part 1: The first five full days is the initial group training, held over two weekends – the first weekend Friday(7AM) through Sunday (5PM), and the second weekend Saturday (7AM) through Sunday (5PM). (Both weekends must be attended).
Part 2: This part requires participants to apply the skills they have 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:
1. Be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America (age 18 or older) and have current Youth Protection Training.
2. Have completed the basic position-specific training courses for their Scouting role.
3. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Bring a valid, current Annual Health and Medical Record. Parts A, B, and C are required which includes a physical.
A minimum (non-refundable) deposit is due with registration, and then full payment is due 30 days before the start of the course. Each course is limited to 48 participants.