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Wood Badge

Wood Badge will help you improve your role in scouting. It will help you focus on your responsibilities, identify a goal, help you work toward that goal-and give you the goals to reach it.
But Wood Badge is more than that. It teaches how a group develops and how the leader can assist in that process. It is about the interrelationship of all members of the Scouting family. It helps identify the connections between the district, the council, and the individual unit. It shows you how to tie Scouting's values into unit meetings with outings. Wood Badge is more than a classroom-it is games and hands-on projects. You will come away with an appreciation of Scouting's heritage as you will play in its future -the impact you will make on a youth in your own unit at home. 

Also, check out the Wood Badge Scholarships that are available!


Here is compiled data that should help demonstrate the comparisons and support the significant value associated with Wood Badge vs. corporate level training courses, seminars and workshops.

Corporate Level Training

Sample Course Content...


  • The Role of the Team Leader
  • Team Leadership
- Recognizing the Needs of Team Members
- The Mechanics and Dynamics of Team Leadership
- The Skills Required
  • Communication Skills for Team Leaders
- Communicating Effectively
- Learning to Really Listen
- Giving and Getting Instructions
- Leading Effective Team Briefings
  • Maintaining Team Performance
- Setting Team Objectives
- Monitoring and Control
- Coaching and the Team Leader
- Giving Effective Feedback
  • Problem Solving
- The Problem Solving Process
  • Managing Yourself
- Developing Confidence and Self Esteem
- Becoming More Efficient
  • Personal Action Plans

Cost...Could be as much as $695.00/per day


Wood Badge

Course Themes that Encapsulate 
Course Content...


  • Living the Values
- Values, Vision, Mission
- Aims and methods
  • Bringing the vision to life
- Listening to learn
- Communicating
- Giving and receiving feedback
-Inclusivenes, Valuing people & leveraging diversity
- Coaching & Mentoring
  • Models for Success
- Stages of Team Development 
- Leading EDGE / Teaching EDGE
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Planning & Project problem solving
- Managing conflict
- Assessing team performance & self-assessment 
- Leading change
- Celebrating team success
  • Leading to Make a Difference
- Leaving a Legacy

And...Learning the greatest leadership secret!


$245.00 including great meals for 5 days!


Wood Badge is advanced leadership training for adult leaders. It teaches skills that are useful in Scouting, at work, in families, and elsewhere.

The program is for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders, as well as all council and district leaders.

Wood Badge has five central themes:

  1. Living the values
    • Values, Mission, and Vision
  2. Bringing the Vision to Life
    • Listening to Learn
    • Communicating
    • Inclusiveness
    • Valuing People and Leveraging Diversity
    • Coaching and Mentoring
  3. Models for Success
    • Stages of Team Development
    • The Leading EDGE / The Teaching EDGE
  4. Tools of the Trade
    • Project Planning
    • Leading Change
    • Decision Making and Problem Solving
    • Managing Conflict
    • Self-Assessment
  5. Leading to Make a Difference
    • Leaving a Legacy

The purpose of Wood Badge is to develop skilled leaders who can strengthen Scouting units in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

You go to Wood Badge to improve your leadership of small groups, and your understanding of how teams develop. The heart of Wood Badge is small group leadership. It is great fun too. This training is not only for Scouting. It also helps people at work, in church, with other groups, and in families.

You may attend Wood Badge if you are registered as an adult in Boy Scouts of America, trained for your position, and medically able to handle the program.

Scouters who attended an earlier version of Wood Badge are welcome to come again, with the understanding that you will participate fully and work your ticket. Talk with a course director about the special requirements for you

Here are some more details:


You do not have to have been a Scout leader for any minimum number of years.


If you are eligible to wear a "Trained" patch, that meets this requirement.  That means outdoor skills are required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity coaches, but not for others. If you have questions about this, call the course director or click here to check out What Makes A Trained Adult Leader.


The course includes some walking around the camp. The second half of the course involves camping out, but it is in the camp, not hiking into the wilderness. If you are medically unable to do it (or it would be unwise), talk to a course director. ALL participants must turn in the BSA "Medical and Health Record" form, which can be downloaded online by clicking here.