Wood Badge is BSA’s ultimate leadership training for adults. Designed for leaders of all BSA programs. Wood Badge is a fun, challenging and inspirational Scouting experience. It offers a six-day immersion in the theory, practice, and experience of appropriate skills for leading others within Scouting and in many environments beyond the BSA.
Participants can expect to develop skills in many areas, including leadership theory, team building, problem-solving, communication, conflict resolution, project planning and more that can be taken directly back to packs, troops, ships and crews to help leaders guide youth in dynamic Scouting programs.
Wood Badge consists of two parts. The first is a six-day practical program usually offered in two 3-day camping weekends (Friday at 7:30 am through Sunday 5:00 pm). The second part, completed over the following 18 months, requires participants to apply the skills they have learned by completing five goals (tickets) leading towards the participant’s vision of a better Scouting future.
Requirements for attending Wood Badge:
- Be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America age 18 or older.
- Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position.
- Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. All participants are required to complete the Annual Health and Medical Record. Parts A, B, and C are required. Part C is required for everyone, including people who are not present for more than 72 hours.
- Note: Individuals who have attended Wood Badge prior to year 2000 may attend Wood Badge provided that (1) they agree to write and work a Wood Badge ticket; and (2) they agree not to wear Wood Badge beads until they have satisfactorily completed their Wood Badge ticket.
Wood Badge Flier
Wood Badge Registration
Click on the course number below to register:
||March 8-10 and March 29-31, 2019 (begins Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm). Registration is open until 2/14/19.
||September 13-15 and October 4-6, 2019 (begins Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm).
||March 13-15, 2020 and March 27-29, 2020 (begins Friday at 7:30 am, ends Sunday at 5:00 pm).
All fees are due with registration. Each Wood Badge course is limited to 48 participants. Per national guidelines, any course not having 30 fully paid participants 30 days prior to the start of the course is subject to cancellation.
The format for the Wood Badge Course is two 3-day weekends separated by three to four weeks. Both weekends are held at Bovay Scout Ranch; participants camp both weekends.
During the first weekend, all meals are provided. During the second weekend, participants cook their own meals. Participants must attend at least one interim patrol meeting between the first and second weekends of the course. The date and location of the patrol meeting is determined by patrol members.
Wood Badge Staff
The Wood Badge course staff members contribute to the growth of each participant, the strength of all the participants' units, and the improvement of all those units' communities. Staffers make a big difference in the lives of many people, even though many of them never know you exist. Staff members also benefit directly by growing in leadership and in an understanding of Scouting. Staffers make new friends -- serving together on Wood Badge creates a deep bond. Moreover, the Wood Badge program is very rich, so every time you staff, you learn more about what it offers. If you are interested in serving on Wood Badge staff, please complete an application.
Wood Badge Staff Application
Wood Badge Fleece Jacket
You’ve taken the journey to attend Wood Badge training, now purchase a special keepsake that will preserve your amazing experience! Purchase your very own Wood Badge jacket and wear it proudly! Jackets are black 100% spun soft polyester fleece with non-pill finish surface, and will have the SHAC Wood Badge logo embroidered on the left, front side of the jacket. Front-zip pockets, non-roll elastic cuffs. Warm, lightweight, and comfortable. Highly breathable. Logos will not have specific course numbers. All jackets ordered will be mailed for an additional $10 charge as they are available for pick-up at the council office. All current and past participants of Wood Badge may order a jacket.