Advanced Leader Training
Wood Badge is advanced Scout leader training that began in 1919 by Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting and Wood Badge's first director. It came to America in 1948 and has been updated to reflect current BSA policies and programs. Incorporating the best techniques available, Wood Badge has become the most advanced leadership training course in Scouting!
Wood Badge is the highest level of Scout leadership training and provides participants with the tools to be a well-rounded leader. The leadership skills taught are for volunteers from all Scouting areas including Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and the district and council.
The course is delivered over two weekends. The first half of the course utilizes a classroom environment and practical exercised to teach the essentials of leadership. The second half offers classroom and outdoor experiences to help you learn the application of leadership skills. Finally, you will write and complete a "ticket". The "tickets" consists of five written goals. These goals connect your new leadership knowledge to your role in Scouting.
Any adult volunteers who has completed basic training for their registered position can attend.
Wood Badge Association Dinner
The critters are getting geared up for another great year of fun and adventure in scouting. What better way than to spend an evening with your fellow Wood Badge Critters. Your attendance and fun at the Wood Badge Dinner will support 20 scholarships to the upcoming spring and fall courses. Dinner is open to everyone. Wood Badge trained or not. This is the perfect opportunity to get all the information about the upcoming courses and what you need to do to be prepared to attend.
The 2017 Wood Badge Association Dinner was held on October 4, 2017.
Wood Badge Scholarships
Scholarships are available to applicants to help lessen the financial burden of the course. Assistance is also available through several sources such as your unit, chartered partner or employer. Typical scholarships are one half of the application fee and submission deadlines vary.
Wood Badge Scholarship Application
VFW Wood Badge Scholarship