Wood Badge for the 21st Century is advanced leadership training designed
to help Scout leaders reach their full potential and to improve the quality
of their units. It is for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing
volunteers, including top and assistant leaders and committee members, and
District and Council volunteers.
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
-Apply the skills learned from participation as a member of a successful
-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.
-Keep Scouting Fun for our Youth!
The object of a Wood Badge course is to demonstrate as practically as
possible the aims and methods of Scouting. The six-day course is a
multi-faceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and
participatory activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the
latest team-development theory. In addition, participants enjoy the
fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteer and professional
Scouters, and along the way will have a great deal of fun.
Information about the next Wood Badge course
September 27–29 and October 25–27, 2013
Alpine Scout Camp, Alpine, New Jersey
(Both weekends required.)
Medical Examination Requirement: Each participant must submit an approved
Annual Health & Medical Record form for a complete physical that was
performed within one year before the final day of the course.
The Who What Where When and How of Wood Badge
Wood Badge was developed by Boy Scout founder Lord Baden Powell as a
series of lectures intended to strengthen adult leaders in the Scouting
Today, Wood Badge, Scouting’s advanced training course, is a leadership
development program open to all Scout Leaders. The leadership skills you
learn in Wood badge are not only applicable to Scouting, but also contribute
to your growth as an individual
To Scout Leaders, Wood Badge training often makes the difference between
offering a mere form of entertainment – or providing a program which will
have a profound influence on the lives of boys and girls you serve. The Wood
Badge experience teaches skills of leadership and management that enable you
to become truly effective in your work with others. You as a better leader
can train our youth to become better leaders.
All participants must have completed at least Basic Training, which may
be available online, for their primary Scouting position. Basic Training
generally consists of:
• Youth Protection
• This is Scouting
• Position Specific Training
• Some positions may also require Outdoor Leadership Skills training
How is Wood Badge Presented?
Wood Badge consists of two phases. The first phase is the practical
phase, which consists of two full weekends at camp, plus mid-week patrol
meetings between the weekends. The second phase occurs after the weekends
and consists of “working your ticket.”
What is a Ticket?
The Wood Badge “Ticket” represents your commitment to complete a set of
goals related to your position in Scouting. The ticket gives you an
opportunity to practice and demonstrate a working knowledge of the
leadership skills presented during the course. You will complete your ticket
no later than 18 months after the course.
Participants are expected to make Wood Badge their Scouting priority
during this practical phase of training. Participants must arrive before
8:00 AM on the morning each session begins and remain at the sessions until
each ends, camping overnight on the second session. Participants must
participate in every class and activity during each of the two sessions. In
addition, participants must attend the two-intersession patrol meetings that
they will arrange during the first session. Upon completion of the practical
experience that participant will apply the lessons learned in their Scouting
Living Arrangements & Equipment
On the first weekend of the course, participants will sleep indoors and
meals will be prepared by the staff. The second weekend will be in an
outdoor setting where participants will sleep in their own tents and cook
for themselves by patrol. Food will be provided as part of the course fee.
An equipment list will be mailed to you after receipt of your application.
All participants should wear the uniform appropriate for their primary
role in Scouting. The new uniform released in the summer of 2008 or any
previous official B.S.A. uniform is acceptable.
Upon successful completion of the ticket, participants are entitled to
receive recognition, which consists of the Wood Badge beads (two wooden
beads on a leather thong), a tan neckerchief, a leather woggle (neckerchief
slide), and a certificate. The recognition items not only identify a Scouter
who has completed advanced training, but remind the wearer of an ongoing
commitment to continued service to Scouting.
Flyer and Registration Form