The Purpose of Wood Badge is to strengthen units.
Wood Badge is an advanced, intense, experiential course on small-group leadership. There are presentations and activities. There are games, but there is no dead time – the games are all with a purpose. The course, and working your ticket afterwards, will help you make your Scouting unit stronger, and will also help you in your work, church, family, and everywhere else.
The first Wood Badge course ever was in England in 1919. Thus, 2019 is the 100th anniversary of Wood Badge.
Wood Badge is for all adults in Scouting: anyone age 18 or older, male or female, involved with Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, Exploring, district, or council. The only requirements for attending Wood Badge are: that you be registered in the Boy Scouts of America, and that you have taken the basic training for your position, most of which can be taken online through my.Scouting.
The course takes a full five days, from about 7:00 a.m. the first day to about 5:00 p.m. the last day of each weekend. You must be there for all of both weekends (on the same course). Once you have been on course, that requirement will make a lot of sense.
Here is more information, or you can email WoodBadge@SeattleBSA.net.
2019 Spring Course, at Camp Parsons
Dates: April 26–28 AND May 18–19, 2019 (Five FULL days packed with information, fun, understanding, and more)
Location: Camp Parsons (on the Hood Canal)
Course Director: Jason Carson
Registration: Spring 2019 Wood Badge
2019 Fall Course, at Camp Pigott
Dates: September 20–22 AND October 12–13, 2019 (Five FULL days packed with information, fun, understanding, and more)
Location: Camp Pigott (near Monroe, WA)
Course Director: Fiona Bryant
Registration: Fall 2019 Wood Badge
The fee for the course is $245.
- You may pay the entire fee at the time you register. OR
- You may pay a $100 deposit when you sign up (not refundable) and pay the balance 60 days before the course.
- There are a few partial scholarships available. Contact the course director if one would make it possible for you to attend.