Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Wood Badge

Frequently asked questions about our Wood Badge Course

Frequently asked questions about Wood Badge

What Is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is the BSA’s premier adult leadership training program. Based on Scouting’s values as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law, it teaches contemporary leadership and team development skills in an outdoor setting.

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Why Should I Go To Wood Badge?

Wood Badge helps you become better at working with and leading groups of youth and adults. It is fun and rewarding, and it helps you meet new friends. Here are some comments from recent Wood Badge participants:
"I learned a great deal about myself..."
"I feel the program has given me the tools to make positive changes at my Pack."
"The experience was beyond words."
"The leadership information presented. . . was priceless."
"I learned how important my role is and how much influence I have on the boys and their families."
"It challenged me to give my best to the Scouting program."
"I am reminded of the importance of group dynamics in the attempt to work as a team."

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Who May Attend Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is open to all adult leaders who have completed the basic training requirement for their primary registered position. Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, Venturing, and Exploring leaders will benefit equally from attendance.

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When Should I Attend Wood Badge?

You should attend Wood Badge as soon as possible after completing your basic training. The sooner you attend Wood Badge, the sooner you can begin to apply the leadership skills and techniques you learn in your unit, district or council.

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What Is My Primary Registered Position?

Many adult leaders in Scouting find themselves serving in a variety of roles. A Den Leader might also be serving as a member of the district committee; a Venturing Adviser might also be registered as a merit badge counselor. Many leaders find it helpful to consider which registered position enables them to have the greatest impact on youth in Scouting to determine which is their primary registered position. In most cases, Primary Registration = paid registration (the position listed on your registration card).

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What Is The Basic Training Requirement For My Position?

In general, the basic training requirement is met when a leader attends Youth Protection training, and the Position Specific Training for their primary registered position. In addition, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches and Assistants, and certain other positions require Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. Basic BSA training is skills-oriented. The emphasis in Wood Badge is on leadership. The focus of “supplemental training” is on advanced skills that require leadership. For further information, please contact your district training team.

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When Should I Attend Wood Badge?

You should attend Wood Badge as soon as possible after completing your basic training. The sooner you attend Wood Badge, the sooner you can begin to apply the leadership skills and techniques you learn in your unit, district or council.

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What Is A Wood Badge “Ticket”?

The Ticket is a series of projects or activities each participant creates during the practical (instructional) phase of the course. All elements of the ticket must be completed within 18 months following completion of the practical phase. Typically, a Ticket consists of several goals that, when accomplished, would ensure success in a key element of the participant’s primary scouting position. “Working the Ticket” helps participants apply the skills just learned and strengthen the program in their unit, district and council.

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