What is Wood Badge?
Advanced Leadership Training for:
Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scout, District and Council Leaders
Wood Badge Participants Learn To:
- View scouting globally as a family of inter-related value-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 value-based movement.
- Apply the skills learned from participation as a member of a successful working team.
- Revitalize 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.
You should attend Wood Badge as soon as possible after completing your basic training. The
sooner you attend Wood Badge the sooner you can begin to apply the leadership skills and
techniques in your unit, district or council.
Wood Badge helps new leaders build a framework for their future growth in Scouting.
Leaders who take advanced training early in their Scouting careers are better prepared to serve
the youth in their units.
There are two primary reasons. The first is that everyone has the capacity to learn new skills
and improve upon existing ones. Wood Badge offers the latest training on contemporary
leadership and team development models. The second reason is that experienced leaders help
enrich the Wood Badge experience for newer leaders by sharing their expertise and passion for
Although taught in a Scouting framework, the skills taught in Wood Badge can be applied
universally. Participants have found their Wood Badge training to help them at work and in
other non-Scouting volunteer activities
Yes, during the second weekend, course participants will sleep in tents. A total of two nights
will be spent in tents during the second weekend. Participants and their patrol will be
responsible for ensuring that they have all necessary gear, and for getting it both to the camp
site and to the parking lot on the final day. Participants will not be permitted to drive to their
campsites to load/unload gear.
During the first weekend, participants and staff will eat meals that have been prepared by
our cook crew in the dining hall. During the second weekend, patrols will be responsible for
providing meals for most of the weekend, based off a menu they decide. Please notify us of
any special dietary restrictions.
The Ticket is a series of projects or activities that each Wood Badge participant works on
after they complete the practical (or outdoor) portion of the course. Typically, a Ticket consists
of several goals that are directed towards the participants primary scouting role. “Working the
Ticket” helps the leader apply the skills they just learned and it helps strengthen the program in
the unit, district and council. Participants will develop their tickets during the practical portion
of the course with the help of the Course Director and an assigned ticket counselor, but will
have up to 18 months to complete it.
Yes! Participants will wear a combination of their field uniform or an activity uniform. The
field (or Class-A) uniform is the uniform that the participant would normally wear as a
volunteer. The activity uniform consists of a Scouting t-shirt or polo and uniform pants or