Wood Badge

Wood Badge, for the 21st century, is a training program that focuses on leadership and “people” skills. Participants will learn techniques to make them better leaders, and also how to lead groups to achieve objectives. The 21st Century Wood Badge incorporates the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience in addition to drawing upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.

Skills developed from Wood Badge training will help a volunteer leader do a better job in any BSA program or at any level of involvement, and it's loads of fun!

Wood Badge uses the following themes:


Models for Success

Project Planning

Managing Conflict

Leading Change

Problem Solving

Decision Making

Effective Listening

Effective Communication

Coaching and Mentoring

Team Development

Leadership Styles


Participants work together as patrols; take part in numerous activities, projects, games, discussions and presentations. During the first three days of the course, the training takes place in an indoor meeting environment, with meals provided and sleeping indoors. The last three days of the course are outdoors, at patrol campsites, with meals prepared by the patrols in the campsite and patrol members sleeping in tents.