Wood Badge Course

Wood Badge is the Ultimate Adult Leadership Training Program. Reflecting the best of over a century of Scouting experience, but recently updated with the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations, this is the training you need to deliver the best experience for your Scouts.

Multi-media presentations delivered by Scouting’s most dynamic trainers, hands-on activities, team-learning experiences, and games bring those ideas home to your Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship, and Post. Learning Leadership skills isn’t all there is to Wood Badge. You will experience Wood Badge magic. The magic is all of those unforgettable moments you experience with your classmates. Moments that inspire and motivate you; that light a truly long-lasting fire of Scouting spirit that you can bring home to make the program better than you ever imagined it could be. The magic is what makes Wood Badge the life-changing experience it is for hundreds of thousands of Scouters around the world.


Wood Badge in the United States is the highest level of adult Scout leader training available. The first Wood Badge course was presented in England by the founder of Scouting, Baden Powell, and he introduced the program into the United States during a visit in 1936. The first course was held at the Mortimer L. Schiff Scout Reservation, but Americans did not fully adopt Wood Badge until 1948. The National BSA Council staff provided direct leadership to the program through 1958, when the increased demand encouraged them to permit local councils to deliver the training.

The program originally focused almost exclusively on Scoutcraft skills, some elements of the Patrol Method, and First Class Boy Scout requirements. In a major cultural shift during the 1970s, Wood Badge was modified to train Scouters in eleven specific leadership competencies. The National Council has updated it several times since then, and during 2001–2002 implemented an overhaul that emphasized a prototypical troop as a method for teaching team leadership and problem-solving skills. The training is delivered through a lecture classroom environment and a short outdoor camping experience. It is a key element of the overall leadership training program.


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