What is Wood Badge?


It is advanced training for adult leaders in Scouting designed to enhance contemporary leadership skill and develop more effective Scouters. The Wood Badge program gives participants a greater understanding of Scouting aims and methods, while developing true Scout Spirit. It is anticipated that all people who complete Wood Badge training will continue to work actively in the Scouting program to further the aims and methods of Scouting.


What will you get out of the course?


During the course, participants will learn and put into practice modern leadership,

management, and organizational behavior theory and techniques…models for success. You will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the aims and purposes of Scouting, while you learn to live the values and develop a desire to lead to make a difference.


It is not uncommon for a participant to come away from the Wood Badge experience valuing the not only the formal Wood Badge Training they have received; but also treasuring the fellowship and new friends they made while on course. Many participants come away changed for the better - with a new or renewed life focus, as they bring their vision to life.

Wood Badge Five Central Themes

The five central themes of Wood Badge for the Twenty-First Century are:

1.       Living the Values 
— Values, Mission, and Vision 
— Aims and Methods


2.       Bringing the Vision to Life 
— Listening to Learn 
— Communicating 
— Giving and Receiving Feedback 
— Valuing People and Leveraging Diversity 
— Coaching and Mentoring


3.       Models for Success 
— Team Development Model 
— Situational Leadership

 4.      Tools of the Trade 
      — Project Planning 
      — Problem Solving 
      — Managing Conflict 
      — Assessing Team Performance 
      — Managing Change 
      — Celebrating Team Success


5.     Leading to Make a Difference 
      — Leaving a Legacy 
      — Learning the Greatest Leadership Secret