Wood Badge for the 21st Century is advanced leadership training designed to help Scout leaders reach their full potential and to improve the quality of their units. It is for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing volunteers including top and assistant leaders and committee members. One of Scouting’s most cherished adult leadership programs, Wood badge brings adult leaders together to train and learn the principles Scouting was founded upon. Patrols camp, cook, and live and learn together, forging the bonds of friendship while learning and re-committing to core Scouting ideals.
Wood Badge training is available only to registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. All participants must have completed at least Basic Training, which may be available online, for their primary Scouting position.
What is Wood Badge?
In 1911, Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures. The first Wood Badge training session was held in 1929. Since then, Wood Badge training has continued to evolve in order to meet Scouting’s needs. Wood Badge for the 21st Century focuses on preparing adults to deliver the mission of Scouting. As a result of attending Wood Badge training, you will:
- Acquire contemporary leadership concepts and discover how these apply to our values-based program!
- Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, value-based programs providing age appropriate activities for youth!
- Revitalize your commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience!
How is Wood Badge Presented?
Wood Badge consists of two phases. The first phase is the practical phase, which consists of two full weekends at camp, plus mid-week patrol meetings between the weekends. The second phase occurs after the weekends and consists of “working your ticket.”
What is a Ticket?
The Wood Badge “Ticket” represents your commitment to complete a set of goals related to your position in Scouting. The ticket gives you an opportunity to practice and demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership skills presented during the course. You will complete your ticket no later than 18 months after the course.
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