What is Wood Badge?
Wood Badge is the advanced leadership training program for adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. Established in 1919 by Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder, Wood Badge has been the training ground for hundreds of thousands of Scouters around the world. As the challenges in the world have changed, Wood Badge has also evolved to give leaders the skills they need to strengthen Scouting in meaningful ways. Building on the past, understanding the present, and looking to the future, Wood Badge for the 21st Century stands ready to provide leadership for Scouting and leadership for America.
The Wood Badge for the 21st Century course brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting--Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing--and all levels of Boy Scouts of America professional staff. Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, the course also draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.
Participants in Wood Badge for the 21st Century attend a course offered as two sessions of three days each scheduled over two weekends. Leaders must apply the concepts studied and the skills learned to improving the Scouting unit, District or program in which they currently serve. This is your "ticket" to receiving the Wood Badge beads.
Activities: the central themes of Wood badge
- Living the Values: mission, aims, methods and values of Scouting
- Bringing the Vision to Life: listening to learn, communicating, feedback, leveraging the diversity, coaching and mentoring
- Models for Success: team formation and development, situational leadership
- Tools of the Trade: project planning, problem-solving, manageing conflicts, assissing performance, leading a change
- Leading to Make a Differnce: leaving a legacy
To attend a Wood Badge course, Scouters must:
1. Be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. (There are no minimum tenure requirements).
2. Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting positions.
- New Leader Essentials
- Leader specific training for
- Tiger Cub Leaders
- Den Leaders
- Webelos Den Leaders
- Pack committee members
- Troop committee members
- Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters
- Varsity Scout Coaches and Assistant Coaches
- Venturing leaders
- Commissioner basic training for commissioners
- District committee training for district committee members
- Council committee training or executive board orientation for council volunteers
Previous versions of leader training courses are acceptable prerequisites.
3. Have completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions. All participants are encouraged to complete the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training before attending a Wood Badge course, but it is not required.
4. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the BSA physical is required for all participants.
Sound interesting? Do you want more information (of course you do)? Fill out the Wood Badge Interest form and this year's Course Director Wendy Langford will add you to her mailing list. You're now on your way to joining other leaders who believe "Every Boy desrves a Trained Leader" (Lord Baden-Powell).
2014 WOOD BADGE INTEREST FORM