Wood Badge

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Take the next step in adult leader training!

Wood Badge is the culmination of basic leader training for all adult leaders in Scouting – from Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA, to Varsity and Venturing.

The course emphasizes development of personal leadership, team-building, and management skills.

There are two parts to Wood Badge training: the Practical and Application phases.

In the Practical phase, you will live the patrol method and experience the Scout program from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA to Venturing. Along the way you develop a better understanding of Scouting’s youth, camping, and have lots of FUN in the process!

In the Application phase, you will put to use the skills learned during the Practical phase by working your “ticket” – a personal plan you develop that should take 6-18 months to complete. Throughout the Wood Badge Experience, you are mentored by a staff member.

Who Should Attend?

Any registered Scouter who has completed basic training for his/her registered position. Scouters who have earned their Wood Badge beads prior to the Wood Badge for the 21st Century may also participate.

Training is four parts:
  • Orientation Meeting
  • First Weekend
  • Second Weekend
  • Final Troop Meeting

Note: A midweek patrol meeting may be held between the two course weekends. Time/place to be determined by patrol members.

Upcoming Courses and Reunions

Wood Badge Virtual 2020 Annual Reunion, South Coast Cluster

Here’s a chance for “Wood Badgers”(beaded or not) to gather and meet up with friends old and new, across the US and around the globe! There will be contests, games a beading ceremony, and of course, a very cool patch! Download the flyer.

Wayne Cunningham
Wood Badge Reunion Coordinator
(408) 210-5358

It’s FREE to register! Order a patch for yourself and your friends for $5 each (includes s/h).

Spring 2020 Course is POSTPONED – new dates TBD
For info on the Spring 2020 course, which has been postponed to Fall 2020, please click here as it is hosted by the Monterey Bay Silicon Valley Council. Dates are:
  • Orientation – Sat, TBD
  • Two Weekends: Fri-Sun, TBD and Sat-Sun, TBD
Fall 2021 Wood Badge info (this is the Fall 2020 course W3-55-20-2 rescheduled)
The Fall Wood Badge course is hosted by The Pacific Skyline Council at beautiful Boulder Creek Scout Reservation.
Orientation Sat, Aug 21, 2021 The two weekends are: Fri-Sun, Sep 10-12, 2021 Sat-Sun, Sep 25-26, 2021
Boulder Creek Scout Reservation Learn more about BCSR here.
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