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Reynolds Training Center
Blass Scout Reservation
408 Scout Drive
Damascus, AR, 72039



General Information

Wood Badge is the premier training program for all Scouting leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. This includes all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing Leaders, as well as Professional Scouters. Wood Badge is designed to train adult volunteers using the latest leadership skills and techniques. It is once in a life time training experience.

Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, the course draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor organizations throughout the country. This new version builds on the best traditions and experiences of Wood Badge, but also draws from a wide range of sources within and beyond the bounds of Scouting to present the latest in leadership theory and team development.

What You Will Learn
As a participant in this course, you will learn and develop leadership skills that will enhance your ability to “Deliver the Promise” of Scouting to your youth membership.



Objectives of Wood Badge

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 by sharing in an overall inspirational experience that helps provide Scouting with the leadership it needs to accomplish its mission on an ongoing basis.
  • Scouting is a game with purpose, and hence expect to have a lot of FUN.



Five Central Themes

Five themes encapsulate the course content of the Wood Badge for the 21st Century. These five themes are displayed around the Wood Badge logo.

  1. Living the values
    • Values, mission, and vision
  2. Bringing the vision to life
    • Listening to Learn
    • Communication
    • Inclusiveness
    • Valuing People and Leveraging Diversity
    • Coaching and Mentoring
  3. Models for team success
    • Stages of Team Development
    • The Leading EDGE(tm) / The Teaching EDGE(tm)
  4. Tools of the trade
    • Project Planning
    • Leading Change
    • Problem Solving and Decision Making
    • Managing conflict
    • Self Assessment
  5. Leading to make a difference
    • Leaving a Legacy



Course Delivery

The Wood Badge course is delivered over six days (two 3-day weekends). After the first weekend, there will be a gap of at least two weeks before the second part of the course begins.



Phases of Training

Wood Badge consists of two phases. The first is the Training/Practical phase and the second is the Application phase.

Training/Practical Phase
This phase consists of six full days at camp. For convenience, this is usually divided into two weekend camps of three days each. The participants are divided into patrols to simulate a Scout troop situation.

The first weekend consists of troop meetings at which the course topics are covered. The second weekend consists of camping activities at which the course topics are covered. A Troop Guide will be assigned to each patrol to assist the participants throughout the course.

Application Phase
The second, or application phase, begins after the training is complete and consists of “working your ticket“. In the Application phase, participants will use the leadership skills that were learned and developed during the Practical phase. They will select five projects/goals, called the Wood Badge Ticket. The projects must be completed within the next 18 months. Each participant will work with his/her Troop Guide to successfully accomplish the goals they set for themselves.




Wood Badge Patrols
The participants are divided into patrols to simulate a Boy Scout troop environment. There will be a maximum of eight patrols with up to six participants in each patrol. These Patrols are part of Gilwell Troop 1. The Wood Badge Course Director serves as Scoutmaster of Troop 1.

Why the Patrol System?

  • The Boy Scout troop simulation provides a good framework in which to practice leadership skills introduced in the course.
  • Boy Scouting provides a natural bridge between the various programs in Scouting, and leaders should understand the importance of transition.
  • It would be difficult and confusing to simultaneously model Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venturing in one course.
  • The course content and leadership principles introduced apply to Scouters of all leadership positions and will provide a common foundation of leadership skills to be used throughout all program areas.



Who is Eligible to attend?

Wood Badge is for every Adult Scouter regardless of position or tenure. The skills learned at Wood Badge can benefit you in your Pack, Troop, Team, or Venture Crew – and more importantly – it benefits the youth by providing better training for our adult leaders.

Minimum Eligibility
The candidate should be a registered adult leader of the BSA, belonging to any one of its programs: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, or a Professional Scouter.  The candidate should have completed Youth Protection and Leader Specific Training for their current registered position prior to attending Wood Badge.