Wood Badge

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August 24-25-26 & September 28-29-30

Eric Larson, Course Director email


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Course Goals


The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting in our units, districts and local council. Part of the practical training is the development of a "ticket". The Wood Badge "ticket" represents the participant's commitment to complete a set of personal goals relating to that individual's scouting position. These goals will significantly strengthen the program in which the participant is involved. In addition the "ticket" gives the participants an opportunity to practice and demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership skills presented during the course. Participants must complete their "ticket" no later than 18 months after completion of the practical phase of the course.


Course Delivery


The practical phase of the B.S.A. Wood Badge course reflects unit meetings and also uses a unit camping activity as its delivery model. During the course the model Boy Scout Troop will serve as the foundation for training purposes. It should be noted that although this foundation is utilized, the course content and leadership principles introduced apply to Scouters in all leadership positions and will provide a common foundation of leadership skills to be used throughout all program areas.




The B.S.A. Wood Badge course may be conducted using either a week long (6 day) or a two weekend (3 days each) format. Wood Badge training consists of two parts - a practical phase and an application phase. The practical phase is conducted as a troop in a camping setting. Here leadership skills can be learned and practiced as part of life in a troop. The application phase happens at the conclusion of the practical phase for a period of not more than 18 months. During both phases of the B.S.A. Wood Badge course five central themes are focused on and developed:



Living the Values


Bringing the Vision to Life


Models for Success


Tools of the Trade


Leading to Make a Difference



Purpose - Why a New Wood Badge?


The Wood Badge course is the most advanced training course offered by BSA for its Adult leaders. Its purpose may be summed up as follows:



To provide a common leadership foundation to all Scouters in the Scouting program.


To incorporate current leadership practices.


To dramatically increase the number of adult leaders receiving advanced training.



History of Wood Badge


Baden-Powell took the first steps in the training of Scouters by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters in 1911. He made great strides by devising and instituting Wood Badge Training in 1919. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 throughout the world.


The object of the Wood Badge course is to demonstrate, as practically as possible, the aims and methods of Scouting. Upon successful completion of the course the participant receives a parchment certificate and the Wood Badge - two wooden beads worn on a leather thong around the neck. These beads replicate the beads found by Baden-Powell during a campaign in Africa in 1888. They belonged to Dinizulu, an African chieftain. In searching for a suitable recognition for those who completed the first course in 1919, Baden-Powell remembered the beads and decided to present a bead to each participant. At that time, the course was called Wood Badge.


The Wood Badge Beads may be worn only with the official field uniform of the BSA. The Scouter to whom it has been awarded may also wear the tan neckerchief with its patch of MacLaren tartan at the back. The Wood Badge neckerchief may only be worn with the accompanying leather neckerchief slide or woggle.


What Will I Learn at Wood Badge Leadership Training?


As a result of attending Wood Badge Leadership Training, you will be able to:



View Scouting globally, as a family of interrelated, values-based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth


Recognize the contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and leading government organizations that are relevant to our values-based movement


Apply the skills you learn from your participation as a member of a successful working team


Revitalize your commitment to Scouting by sharing in an overall inspirational experience that helps provide Scouting with the leadership it needs to accomplish its mission on an ongoing basis


Themes covered include:



Living the values (developing your personal mission and vision)


Bringing the Vision to Life (communication skills, coaching and mentoring, valuing people and leveraging diversity)


Models for Success (how your style of leadership should relate to the skills of your team)


Tools of the Trade (project planning and problem solving, managing conflict, assessing team performance, managing change, celebrating team success)


Leading to Make a Difference (leaving a legacy and secrets of leadership)


For most participants, the Wood Badge experience is the embodiment of everything that is Scouting -- fun, fellowship, sharing, and spirit…truly a Journey that lasts a lifetime!


How Does Wood Badge Work?


For six days in two three-day weekends, you take part in numerous presentations, discussions, and activities that explore and advance a wide range of leadership philosophies and tools. You also live, learn, and work with other Scouters, giving you opportunities to develop knowledge and practical understanding of these leadership skills. You clarify what you want to accomplish in your Scouting position, and learn how to apply these skills to your Pack, Troop, Crew, Team, District or Council.


First Weekend: The first three days of the course will be presented as a series of sessions and meetings both indoors and outside. The format is based on the Boy Scout Troop model with ties to Cub Scout Packs and Venturing Crews. The Boy Scout Troop provides a natural bridge between the various programs in Scouting and emphasizes the importance of transitions between the three programs. Participants will be housed in lean-to sites at Camp Sequassen and staff will prepare the meals.


Second Weekend: The last three days of the course will be presented in an outdoor Troop/Crew camping experience setting at Camp Sequassen. Participants will again camp in their lean-to sites and practice Leave No Trace camping techniques. Menus will be planned and food will be purchased by the individual patrols. Participants will prepare their own meals.


With the help of a ticket counselor (staff member), you will develop a list of five personal goals designed to significantly strengthen the Scouting program and position in which you are involved. This list is called a “Ticket”, and it provides a structure for the practice of the new skills you are learning.


The Fun Part: What will I do at Wood Badge Leadership Training?


Subjects Covered in the Course


You will learn about Communication, Listening to Learn, Team Development, Leveraging Diversity, Project Planning, Managing Conflict, Leading Change, Coaching and Mentoring, Assessing Team Performance, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Leading to Make a Difference, Self Assessment, Leaving a Legacy, plus much more! You can be a contestant on the Wood Badge Game Show! You will be challenged to Win All You Can! And then there’s “Who Me?”


What’s the date and location?


The course runs over two weekends and participants must complete both weekends. The first weekend will be held on August 24, 25 and 26. The second weekend will be held on September 28, 29 and 30. Each weekend will be held at Camp Sequassen, and begins on Friday morning and ends late afternoon on Sunday. There will also be two mid-course patrol meetings.


What’s the cost of Wood Badge?


The cost for the course is $230.00, which includes all meals, cracker barrels, program material, and recognition items. A $65.00 non-refundable deposit is required with completed application.


Many Units help Scouters pay for the course. Often, the Scouter pays the $65.00 deposit, and the Unit pays the balance.


Where can we get more information?


Additional information can be found in the course application and from the Connecticut Yankee Council Service Center in Milford. You can also contact Eric Larson, Course Director, at  or Jeff Garrand, Staff Adviser, at (203)876-6868 ext. 237 or

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