Information for Employers

Information for Employers Regarding Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the highest and most advanced training course offered by the Boy Scouts of America. While it is rich in scouting history and tradition, participants will spend 6 full days and nights learning modern leadership theories from contemporary scholars such as Ken Blanchard (author of the One Minute Manager series of books), Stephen R. Covey (author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle-Centered Leadership), and Spencer Johnson (author of Who Moved My Cheese). A complete set of references can be found here.

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

These workshops are taught through lecture, group discussion, hands on exercises, and through the creation of goals that apply the leadership training received. At the conclusion of the course, attendees will have created at least 5 goals. A counselor will be assigned to work with each attendee for 18 months to ensure application of the training they received and the completion of the 5 goals.

Dr. Blanchard’s courses and workshops, offered through The Ken Blanchard Companies, run $900 per day ($5,400 for 6 days). The Boy Scouts of America have negotiated royalty fees and intellectual property rights which allows them to offer the entire 6-day course for under $300 in most cases.

Leaders at many companies (such as IBM, Motorola, and Intel) have recognized the value this training is to their employees. As such, many agree to pay the course fees and/or give time off as part of their employee’s professional development and training plan. Individual company policies vary, however. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact the local Council in your area, or the Boy Scouts of America’s National Headquarters.