Wood Badge

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader

If you had a magic wand, would you use it to make the Scouting program better and more fun for youth so they stayed in Scouting longer, so it had a larger impact on their lives? What if the same magic wand made leadership roles easier, more rewarding, and led to better retention among adult leaders? Would using that magic wand be a top priority?

Wood Badge Training

Registration is OPEN!  2024 Wood Badge Course: Sept 20-22 AND Oct 5-6

Wood Badge is a leadership program for adult Scouters worldwide. Soon after founding the Scout movement, Baden-Powell saw the need for leader training and the first Wood Badge course was held in 1919, and the BSA has used the program since 1936.

Wood Badge is considered by many as a peak experience in their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of advanced training and inspiration to thousands of Scouters in their turn, these Scout leaders has affected the lives of millions of American youth.

Wood Badge training offers a unique opportunity for learning and for leadership. Participants from all of Scouting’s programs – Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing – as well as Council and District volunteers and professionals – live and work together in patrols with other Scouters While they learn about the skills of team building and leadership, they have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth. They experience the fun and adventure of Scouting at first-hand, and in a very special way. With other Scouting leaders, and with an experienced staff setting the example, they try to live Scouting at its best.

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