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What Is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership training course offered by the Boy Scouts of America. Simply stated, Wood Badge is advanced leadership training.

Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting's adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures. The first Wood Badge training was held in 1919 at Gilwell Park, near London. Since then, Wood Badge has continued to evolve to meet Scouting's needs. Wood Badge focuses on preparing adults to deliver the mission of Scouting. As a result of attending Wood Badge training you will:

  • Learn contemporary leadership concepts and discover how these apply to our value-based program
  • Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age appropriate activities for youth
  • Revitalize your commitment to Scouting, sharing in an inspirational experience

What are the Themes of Wood Badge?

  • Guiding
  • Empowering
  • Living the Values
  • Growing
  • Connecting

How is Wood Badge Presented?

Wood Badge is presented in two phases. The first part of the program is the practical phase. This consists of five days over two full weekends (all day Friday, Saturday & Sunday for weekend 1, Saturday/Sunday for Weekend 2) at camp plus two patrol meetings between the weekends. The second part of the program, the application phase, occurs after the weekends and consists of applying the skills you learn at Wood Badge to your position in Scouting. This phase is also referred to as “working your ticket.”

Who Should Participate?

Wood Badge is designed for Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout Leaders at the unit level, as well as district and council leaders. The course content and leadership principles introduced apply to Scouters in all leadership positions. These skills provide common a leadership foundation that is beneficial for all program areas. To attend a Wood Badge course, you must:

  • Be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America. (There is no minimum tenure requirement.)
  • All adult leaders must complete This Is Scouting and Leader Specific Training for their primary registered position. Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is required for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity coaches and assistants.
  • Successful completion of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record is required for all participants (parts A, B and C only). No exceptions. 

Why Should I Attend Wood Badge?

During this five-day course, you will learn — and practice — all the skills you need to be the best Scouting volunteer you can be.

During Wood Badge, you will:

  • Explore the mission, aims, methods, and values of Scouting
  • Learn how to develop high-performing teams of youth and adults
  • Practice leadership skills including assessing performance, managing conflict, and giving feedback
  • Develop problem-solving, communication, and project management skills to better support your Scouting unit
  • Create a personal plan to serve your Scouting unit and leave a legacy

Taking Wood Badge will help you to:

  • Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth.
  • Recognize contemporary leadership concepts used in America and discover how those concepts are relevant to our values-based movement.
  • Apply the skills you learn from your participation as a member of a successful working team.
  • Revitalize your commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience that helps to provide Scouting with renewed leadership to accomplish its mission.

Additionally, the skills of leadership that you learn in Wood Badge will help you not only in Scouting, but also in your professional and personal life. We all deal with people every day. Wood Badge will help you to deal with them more effectively

Am I Eligible to Attend Wood Badge?

If you are a registered leader active in a Cub Scout Pack, Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew, or serving in a Service Area or Council role, you are invited to attend Wood Badge!

You should have completed the basic training for your Scouting position.

A significant portion of the course is spent outside, so you should be comfortable with overnight camping. Of course, if you have any special needs, we will work with you to accommodate them.

Where and when is the next course in Narragansett Council?

Woodbadge Weekend 1 - April 23 - 25, 2021 at Yawgoog Scout Reservation. 
The second weekend of the course will be on Weekend 2 May 15 - May 16 (just 2 days) and will be held at Camp Yawgoog. 

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Throughout Wood Badge, you’ll master leadership skills, meet new friends, develop a network of resources, challenge yourself in new ways, and have fun!

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