Wood Badge for the  21st Century

Wood Badge logoIn 1911, Baden-Powell 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 a hundred thousand, and can be found in all corners of the world.

  The object of a Wood Badge course is to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. Six days in duration, the course is a multi-facetedof leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest of team-development theory. In addition, participants will enjoy the fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteer and along the way will have a great deal of fun.

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, each participant receives a parchment certificate and the Wood Badge—two wooden beads to be worn around the neck on a leather thong.

Participation in a Wood Badge for the 21st Century Course will be a tremendous opportunity for you to:

  • Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth.
  • Recognize contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and in leading government organizations, and discover how those concepts that is relevant to our values-based movement.
  • Apply the skills you learn from your participation as a member of a successful working team provides Scouting with renewed leadership to accomplish its mission.
  • Revitalize your commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience that helps

Many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be one of the peak experiences of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspirations to thousands. In return, Wood Badge participants have affected the lives of millions of youth.