What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is the premier training course for Scouters. Designed by Lord Baden-Powell, it teaches Scouters, in as practical way as possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. Over two three-day weekends, Scouters, in their patrols, participate in intensive training. Once this portion is complete, the practical portion begins: completing the Wood Badge ticket. Over a period of six to eighteen months, Scouters complete various projects in the service to others, service to the troop, and personal growth. Upon completion of the ticket, the Scouter receives a certificate, neckerchief, a leather slide, and two small wooden beads on a leather thong. For more information, see Five Central Themes and The Objectives of Wood Badge.

 


Introducing Wood Badge

The Wood Badge course brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturing, and all levels of BSA’s professional staff. Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, Wood Badge also draws upon the most current leadership models being used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.

The Wood Badge course is designed to represent a month in the life of a Scout unit, with participants entering as Cub Scouts, then bridging into Boy Scouting to form patrols for the remainder of the program. Selected staff members will interact with participants as a Venturing crew.  Participants will take part in numerous presentations, discussions, and activities that explore and advance a wide range of leadership philosophies and tools. In addition to all the opportunities for learning at a Wood Badge course, participants will find a tremendous amount of fellowship, a keen sense of accomplishment, and plenty of fun.  


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