Wood Badge

What is Wood Badge?

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. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.

As a result of attending Wood Badge, 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.

What are the Themes of Wood Badge?

  • Living the Values
  • Bringing the Vision to Life
  • Models for Success
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Leading to Make a Difference

How is Wood Badge Presented?

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.

Who Attends Wood Badge?

Wood Badge for the 21st Century has been developed for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. The course content, and team and leadership principles introduced apply to Scouters in all leadership positions. Wood Badge provides a common foundation of leadership and team skills used throughout all program areas.


To attend a Wood Badge course, you must:

  1. Be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America. (There is no minimum tenure required.)
  2. Have completed the basic training courses for your Scouting position:
    • Fast Start
    • Youth Protection
    • This is Scouting
    • Position Specific Training
    • Introduction to Outdoor Skills (if applicable)
  3. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record, Part A, B, & C is required for all participants.