Wood Badge is a fun, challenging, and inspirational Scouting
experience for all volunteers looking to improve their leadership skills.
What is Wood Badge?
Wood Badge is a six-day, advanced training program spread over two
different weekends which gives participants a greater understanding of
Scouting aims and methods, while developing true Scout spirit. Those who complete Wood Badge training will
continue to work actively in the Scouting program to make the most of their skills.
Wood Badge provides firsthand knowledge showing
how teams develop and achieve excellence. Take part in an
active learning process through involvement in planning, development,
presentation, and assessment. Enjoy a world-class
learning experience that will strengthen your commitment to
Who may attend?
All registered adult Scouters from Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting,
Venturing, and Sea Scouts, and Venturers and Sea Scouts over age 18, who
meet the following eligibility requirements may attend Wood Badge:
- Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position.
- Have completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions.
- Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. A BSA
Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A, B, C) is required.
- Attend all sessions. There are no make-up opportunities. If an
attendee has to miss any of the sessions they will be dropped from the
course and asked to return to attend the entire
If finances are an obstacle for a Scouter
considering Wood Badge, there are a number of sources for
financial support. Please review the Wood Badge Financial Aid
Application for information about these resources.
Employer Sponsorship for Wood Badge
Employers may be willing to financially support their employee's
attendance at Wood Badge, as a workplace will also benefit from the
leadership skills learned. Please share
the Wood Badge Employer Letter with your employer to learn
whether they might financially sponsor your Wood Badge
Serve on Staff
Individuals can show their interest in serving as a Wood Badge
staff member by submitting the Wood Badge Staff Interest Form.
Help the Committee
If you attended Wood Badge and earned your beads and would like
to help with Wood Badge Committee events such as the Wood Badge
Breakfast, please email the Wood Badge Coordinator and let us know.
Course Director Application
All eligible Scouters are invited to apply as a Wood
Badge Course Director. Applications are due by April
15 each year. Questions can be directed to the Wood Badge
Coordinator or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Wood Badge Course Director Application is available on this page.