Wood Badge Info

The Objectives of Wood Badge

Wood Badge has four specific objectives 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.

Wood Badge Five Central Themes

The themes that follow encapsulate the course content of Wood Badge for the Twenty-First Century.

  1. Living the Values
    -Values, Mission, and Vision
  2. Bringing the Vision to Life
    -Listening to Learn
    -Communication
    -Leveraging Diversity Through Inclusiveness
    -Generations In Scouting
    -Coaching and Mentoring
  3. Models for Success
    -Stages of Team Development
    -The Leading EDGE™/The Teaching EDGE™
  4. Tools of the Trade
    -Project Planning
    -Leading Change
    -Decision Making and Problem Solving
    -Managing Conflict
    -Self-Assessment
  5. Leading to Make a Difference
    -Servant Leadership
    -Leaving a Legacy

Wood Badge Overview and Delivery

Course Overview:

Wood Badge for the 21st century may be delivered to all Scout leaders. It has been developed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. Its focus is on leadership, not out-of-door skills. The following information is designed to provide you with key information and to help your council roll out the new course

Course Delivery:

The first part of the new Wood Badge course reflects unit meetings, while the second part of the course uses a unit camping activity as its delivery model. During Wood Badge, the model Boy Scout troop will serve as a laboratory for training purposes. This is done for several reasons:

  • The Boy Scout troop simulation provides a good framework in which to practice the 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 most likely confusing to simultaneously model Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing in one course.

What is a Wood Badge Ticket?

During the years preceding Scouting, British soldiers who were stationed overseas had to earn their passage or ticket home after their term of service was complete. This is why it is called a TICKET, but just what is it?

A ticket is a contract between you and a member of the staff usually referred to as a Troop Guide or Ticket Counselor. This contract is your commitment to practice using the Leadership Skills taught at Wood Badge in the performance of your Scouting job.

Click here for more information on the Wood Badge Ticket

Regalia Presentation Ceremonies

There are many different presentations that can be done when having the beads awarded. We have a few sample presentations here on the site.

Click here for sample ceremonies for presenting the Wood Badge Regalia