is a leadership course that
completes Scouting’s Basic Leadership
Training pro-gram for all levels of Scouting
leaders (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity
Scouts, and Venturing). Wood Badge consists
of two parts:
The first part is six days of
learning experience taught over two
weekends. During this time participants
are trained in and practice leadership
skills to better serve the Scouting units in
which they are
involved. Through this experience, team
development, and the practice of leadership
models, each participant will come away with
knowledge and understanding of how to apply
leadership in all aspects of Scouting, as
well as in business and their personal
The second part occurs after
the six days of training are over.
Participants will put into practice the
skills they have learned by completing a set
of 5 commitments made during the course.
Through this phase, participants will be
guided by a counselor who will serve as a
mentor and Scouting friend.
This phase will take between
6 and 18 months, depending on each
individual’s personal goals.
Upon successful completion,
participants will have earned their Wood
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?
Wood Badge is for Cub Scout,
Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing
leaders as well as District and Council
Scouting leaders. The course content and
leadership principles introduced
apply to Scouters in all leadership
positions. These skills provide a common
leadership foundation that is beneficial for
all program areas.