Course Information

Weekend 1:
7:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 through
5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Weekend 2:
7:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 through
4:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Attendance at both weekends is required
In addition, attendees will hold two small‐group 
meetings between the two weekend sessions.

What is Wood Badge?
Wood Badge is the most advanced leadership training available for Scout leaders. 

The course is inspired by Baden‐Powell, the founder of the world scout movement, who conducted the first Wood Badge course in 1919. It takes the most current leadership and team development skills that are used in American business and combines them with over 100 years of Scouting experience.

Its purpose is to aid you in providing a quality program that enables Scouts to grow to their greatest potential.

Who Can Attend?
Wood Badge is designed for leaders in any Scouting program (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing and Varsity, as well as District and Council Volunteers). It’s for leaders of all experience levels—there are no tenure requirements. If you’re a registered leader and have completed the basic leader training courses for your Scouting position, you can attend Wood Badge.

What Should I Expect?
During the two weekend sessions, you will enjoy games, hands‐on projects, and inspirational moments.

You should expect to build a strong network within the Scouting program, and gather resources on leadership and team‐development topics that you can share with others and will help you improve the program for our youth, including:
  • Situational Leadership
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Communication
  • Project Planning
  • Leading Change
  • Problem Solving
  • Managing Conflict
  • Coaching and Mentoring
During the course, you will develop an appreciation of Scouting’s heritage, as well as a vision of the role you will play in its future. On the first weekend, each attendee writes a set of Scouting‐related goals. These goals (your “ticket”) define your vision and outline a plan of action for the next 18 months. This is a way for you to get an immediate return on your investment in Wood Badge.

When you complete your ticket, you’ll receive your training award, including a mauve Wood Badge neckerchief, leather woggle (neckerchief slide) and Wood Badge beads. These items identify you as someone that has completed advanced training, and will serve to remind you of your ongoing commitment to service and scouting.

Physical Demands
Wood Badge includes a series of fun and educational training activities. A current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A, B, and C) is required for attendance.

The greatest physical demands are walking around Camp Lowden and working on a two‐hour service project: nothing that should keep anyone from attending. If you have mobility concerns, please contact the Course Director because the staff can likely make accommodations.

Uniform & Equipment
Each attendee will need a complete field uniform for the course, including official scout shirt, pants or shorts, socks, and belt.

The course fee includes two activity t‐shirts that will be worn during some activities. More information on the clothing and equipment needed will be shared before the first weekend of the course.

No Camping Experience Required
The focus of Wood Badge is developing leadership skills, not outdoor skills—no camping experience is required.

On the first weekend, attendees sleep in the air conditioned Boeger Leadership Lodge and all meals will be prepared for you, so you can focus on learning new skills.

On the second weekend, attendees will camp and cook a few simple meals with your patrol. If you are not an experienced camper, you will have plenty of staff members and experienced patrol members to ensure you’re comfortable and have a great time.