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What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge LogoScouting’s Premier Training Course

Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course. In 1911, Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the scouting movement, took the first steps in training Scouting’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters. He made great strides in the years that followed, culminating in 1919 with the establishment of Wood Badge training. Baden-Powell designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.

Learning By Doing

Wood Badge is first and foremost, learning by doing. The course participants are formed into patrols and these into a troop. The entire troop lives in a camp setting for a six days, practicing Scout skills and learning to work as a team.

The Patrol Method

The uniqueness of Scouting is the patrol method. The use of the natural group of six or eight boys who elect their own leader and plan and carry out many of their own activities is a democracy in microcosm. Here Scouts learn the give and take of working with people as they must surely do all their lives. Here, too, they are given leadership and learning opportunities which prepare them for their future roles as citizens. It is for this reason that it is so crucial that all adults understand thoroughly the patrol method.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending Wood Badge, participants 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 they learn from their participation as a member of a successful working team.
  • Revitalize their 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.

Wood Badge Course Structure

Wood Badge consists to two phases. The first is the practical phase. This consists of two full weekends at camp plus two midweek patrol meetings between the weekends. The second, or application phase, occurs after the weekends and consists of “working your ticket”, a set of 5 Scouting-related goals.

Wood Badge Ticket

The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting in units, districts, and the council. The Wood Badge “ticket” represents your commitment to complete a set of 5 personal goals related to your Scouting position. These goals will significantly strengthen the program in which you are involved. In addition, the ticket gives you an opportunity to practice and demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership and team skills presented during the course. You should complete your Wood Badge ticket no later than 18 months after the practical phase of the course.


Upon completion of the Wood Badge ticket, as certified by your Troop Guide and the Scout executive, you will be presented your Wood Badge certificate, neckerchief, woggle, and beads at an appropriate public ceremony. Many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be one of the highlights of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands. In return, Wood Badge participants have positively affected the lives of millions of America’s youth.



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