Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership course offered by the National Council Boy Scouts of America and is open to any volunteer involved in Scouting (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Exploring, Sea Scouts, Council or Board positions).
Wood Badge is, first and foremost, learning by doing. Participants in the course are grouped first into a Pack, then into a Troop, and finally are inducted into a Venturing Crew, just as Scouts move up through the Scouting program. Industry training professionals have applauded it as an effective development tool and its positive influence is unparalleled.
Wood Badge graduates often find that they are energized with renewed passion for the Scouting program and motivated to make a lasting impact. Any original concern for the time commitment required soon dissipates once participants discover the fun and camaraderie that they develop over the 6 days’ experience.
During the course, participants share concepts that identify new approaches and add insight and program improvements, even for the most experienced leaders. Upon completion of this training, graduates will join thousands of other leaders around the world who are dedicating themselves to passing on the ideals of Scouting.
Wood Badge Training Program
How much time will Wood Badge take?
Wood Badge is a 6-day course, often presented in two 3-day segments, typically scheduled 3 weeks apart.
During the 6-day course experience, with guidance of course staff, each participant develops a set of personal goals that will reinforce their newfound skills and allow them to give back to their home units. Completion of these personal goals within 18 months entitles them to become Wood Badge graduates who receive coveted “beads” of recognition at a ceremony.
Where and when is the Wood Badge Training course held & how do I register?
The Piedmont Council joins the Marin and Redwood Empire Council to hold a Wood Badge training course each fall, usually in September. The training is typically held at Camp Tamrancho in Marin County near Fairfax. Learn more about the upcoming training event and how to register here.
How will Wood Badge help me?
Wood Badge will teach you outdoor skills and leadership techniques in a experiential hands-on environment. You will develop a set of personal goals outlining how you will apply your newly learned skills as you continue your involvement in Scouting. Development of your “Ticket” is an exercise in goal-setting and includes creating a personal vision and mission statement, and outlining individual steps to personal success.
How do I receive the wood beads of recognition?
When you successfully complete the course and Ticket, the teaching staff will present you with your Wood Badge beads, a tan neckerchief with the famed MacLaren tartan, a leather ‘woggle’ (neckerchief slide) and a special Wood Badge certificate.
What are the qualifications?
Wood Badge is open to all adult Scouting volunteers at all levels: Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Varsity, Venturing, District and Council. It’s NOT just for Scoutmasters.
You can participate in this outstanding two-weekend outdoor leadership training course if you:
- Are currently registered as an adult Scouter in a Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Explorer or Sea Scout unit, or if you hold a district or council position
- Are at least 18 years old
- Have completed Youth Protection Training and online training specific to your Scouting position
- Submit a completed application and payment
Additional background on Wood Badge Training from the national BSA website can be found here.