Our goal as leaders is to bring the values of Scouting home to youth. We do this with an exciting program, challenging activities, and real adventure. Working together with the staff and your patrol members at Wood Badge, you will gain the vision, the experience, the fun, and the challenge to reach a higher standard and bring it home to the Scouts we all serve.
Wood Badge is advanced leadership training for adult leaders in all of Boy Scouting's program areas - Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing – as well Council and District leaders. It teaches skills that are useful in Scouting, work, family, and other community service activities. The focus is on leadership and team-building, not outdoor skills.
Objectives of Wood Badge
- To enable you to view Scouting globally, as a family of interrelated, values-based programs that provide age-appropriate activities.
- To help you recognize contemporary leadership concepts that apply to our values-based movement.
- To apply the skills learned as a member of a successful working team.
- To revitalize your commitment to Scouting by sharing in an overall inspirational experience.
The Wood Badge experience is divided into two parts - a practical phase and an application phase.
The practical phase consists of:
- Six days of instruction.
- During this time you will become a member of a group, share skills and knowledge, become an effective team and have a great experience while doing it.
Themes covered in the practical phase include:
- Living the Values (developing your personal mission and vision)
- Bringing the Vision to Life (communication skills, coaching and mentoring, leveraging diversity)
- Models for Success (how your style of leadership should relate to the skills of your team)
- Tools of the Trade (project planning, managing conflict, assessing team performance, managing change, celebrating team success)
- Leading to Make a Difference (leaving a legacy and secrets of leadership)
- With the help of a staffer, you will be able to develop a "ticket" by the end of the first weekend. This is a set of five personal goals designed to significantly strengthen the program in which you are involved. The ticket provides a structure for the practice of the new skills you are learning.
The application phase is also known as "working your ticket". You will have 18 months to complete your ticket, which will allow you to become proficient in the leadership and team-building skills you have just learned.
Upon completion of the Wood Badge ticket, as certified by a ticket counselor and the Scout Executive, you will be presented with the Wood Badge certificate, neckerchief, woggle, and beads at an appropriate public ceremony.