Wood Badge is leadership training for all Scout Leaders who are involved in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America – Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing, as well as council and district leaders, and professionals.
This new contemporary training program focuses on leadership and “people” skills, and not Scoutcraft or outdoor skills. Participants will learn techniques to make them better leaders, and also how to lead groups to achieve objectives. The 21st Century Wood Badge incorporates the best of over a century of Scouting experience in addition to drawing upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country. Skills developed from Wood Badge training will help a volunteer leader do a better job in any BSA program or at any level of involvement.
- Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America. There are no minimum tenure requirements. Youth older than 18 many attend.
- Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the Annual Health & Medical Form is required for all participants.
- Have completed the basic training courses for their registered Scouting positions.
- Have completed the outdoor skills training programs required for their Scouting positions. (This would be Introduction to Outdoor Leaders Skills for Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, Varsity coaches, and assistant coaches.)
- If you previously completeda Wood Badge course, agree not to wear your regalia until your new ticket is complete.
The format for the Wood Badge Course is two 3-day weekends; two Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays separated by three weeks. The first weekend is scheduled at Pine Tree Environmental & Educational Center. All meals will be served in the Dining Hall and participants will be housed in Conference Center Dorms.
For the second weekend the course will move to the Camp Roosevelt where they will cook their own meals and sleep in lento.
Participants will also be required to attend two interim patrol meetings during the time between the first and second weekends of the course (specific time and location to be determined by patrol members).
Wood Badge has always taught leadership skills. 21st century Wood Badge focuses on contemporary leadership skills and issues and intergrates Scouting value-based philosophy. A variety of learning opportunities including lecture, demonstration, group discussion and hands-on exercises offer participants insight into contemporary leadership theory while providing them with specific skills that will enable them to put what they learn to use immediately in their units. Many participants have found they can apply what they've learned in their personal and professional lives equally effectively. And while learningin the focus of Wood Badge fun is an important component.
There are five central theme’s of the 21st Century Wood Badge course:
- Living the Values
- Bringing the Vision to Life
- Models for Success
- Tools of the Trade
- Leading to Make a Difference.
One of the great traditions of Wood Badge is the “ticket.” During the course each participant will be asked to develop a contract or ticket – a list of goals that will allow them to use their newly-learned leadership skills in ways to strengthen Scouting in their home units, districts and councils. The ticket will include the participant’s personal values, roles in Scouting, vision of success, and a mission of five significant goals that can be attained within 18 months. Overall the ticket will be meaningful and enable the participant to practice the skills learned in the course. Troop Guides will assist participants in writing their tickets.
Recognition for the successful completion of Wood Badge (including the ticket) consists of the distinctive Wood Badge neckerchief, woggle, the Wood Badge – two wooden beads worn on a leather thong around the neck, and the certificate. This “regalia” is recognized around the world as a symbol of training and leadership experience.
Registration for each specific course is through the link below.
A deposit of $100.00 is needed with your application to secure your position on the course.
All fees are due by July 1, 2013.
Wood Badge Scholarships
A limited number of partial-fee scholarships are available to apply toward the course fee. These scholarships are granted based on need. Scholarship applications are available through the council Program Director.
With Wood Badge being a premiere leadership course, units, chartered organizations and a number of employers may also partially or completely underwrite necessary fees for a Scouter to attend. Please inquire prior to applying for council scholarships.
Qualified Scouters may also apply for these national Wood Badge scholarships:
- AFL-CIO Wood Badge Scholarship Program - The AFL-CIO offers a Wood Badge scholarship to assist selected union members in acquiring skills that will better equip them to serve the youth of their communities.
- VFW Wood Badge Scholarship Program - The VFW National headquarters offers Wood Badge scholarships to assist selected chapter members in acquiring skills that will better equip them to serve the youth of their communities.
- Garden State Council Wood Badge Scholarship Program
Download these participant forms (being upgraded not working yet)
- Wood Badge Information Sheet
Participant Pre-course Assignment
Participant Personal Equipment List
Participant Personal Resource Questionnaire
Dietary Needs Form
Annual Health & Medical Form
Pre-Course Gazette 1
Pre-Course Gazette 2