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Mar 17-19, 2017
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Spring 2017 Wood Badge Course - Adult Leader Training

Wood Badge Courses 2017

Spring 2017  S8-16-17

March 17-19 and April 21-23

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Wood Badge Two sessions - Must attend both sessions

Friday 3-17-2017 7:00 AM to Sunday 3-19-2017 5:00 PM & Friday 4-21-2017 7:00 AM to Sunday 4-23-2017 5:00 PM

Sessions 1 held at: Camp Orr – Jasper, AR

Session 2 held at Rogers Scout Reservation – Ione, AR

For Additional Information Contact

Al Fischer
Course Director S8-16-17

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What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is the ultimate leadership training program for the adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. Established in 1919 by Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder, Wood Badge has been the training ground for hundreds of thousands of Scouters around the world. As the challenges in the world have changed, Wood Badge has also evolved to give leaders the skills they need to strengthen Scouting in meaningful ways. Wood Badge is two full weekends (6 days) of leadership development.  Course participants will learn the fundamentals of scouting as active participants in all aspects of the scouting program. It is equally valuable for adults who have no experience and those who have been in scouting forever. Wood Badge is an education in leadership that will also help you in your Professional, Family and Scouting Life.

Wood Badge is not about learning basic scout skills. It is about developing leadership skills which can be used not just in Scouting, but in all facets of life.


What are some of the Wood Badge activities?

Wood Badge is two full weekends (6 days)

Course participants begin their Wood Badge experience as Cub Scouts, then bridge into Boy Scouting and form patrols for the remainder of the program.  Selected staff members interact with participants in the role of a Venturing crew. Representing a month in the life of a Scout unit, Wood Badge participants assume leadership roles to plan and carry out an extended outdoor experience. Within this framework, participants take part in numerous presentations, discussions, and activities that explore and advance a wide range of leadership philosophies and tools.  A key area is the process of team development, where participants learn to apply appropriate leadership strategies at varying stages of team development.  

What are the Central themes of Wood Badge?

Wood Badge accomplishes its goals by building all the pieces of the course on a foundation of five central themes. Those themes, and the presentations that directly support them, are as follows:

  • Living the Values. Values, Mission, and Vision

  • Bringing the Vision to Life. Listening to Learn; Communication; Leveraging Diversity Through Inclusiveness; Generations in Scouting; Coaching and Mentoring

  • Models for Success. Stages of Team Development; The Leading EDGE™/The Teaching EDGE™

  • Tools of the Trade. Project Planning; Leading Change; Decision Making and Problem Solving; Managing Conflict; Self-Assessment

  • Leading to Make a Difference. Servant Leadership; Leaving a Legacy


What are the Prerequisites for Attending Wood Badge?

Adult leadership training is a three-phase training experience, and a common thread will connect all three phases. The first phase begins in the unit and district with unit or district trainers providing the basic training listed below. Phase two is Wood Badge, conducted by the local council, and the third phase is Leadership Challenge conducted by the National Council at a BSA high-adventure base. The three prerequisites for Wood Badge are:

  1. All participants must be registered as an adult (18 or over) member of the Boy Scouts of America
  2. All participants must have completed the basic leader training appropriate for their current position in Scouting. This includes currently valid Youth Protection Training.
  3. Participants should be able to function safely in an outdoor environment. (Participants must submit parts A, B, and C of a BSA Health and Medical Record with a physician's signature dated within one year of the start of he course.)
For any questions about Leader Specific Training needed contact Al Fischer

What is the ticket?

One of the great traditions of Wood Badge is the “ticket.”  During the course each participant will be asked to develop a contract or ticket – a list of goals that will allow them to use their newly learned leadership skills in ways to strengthen Scouting in their home units, districts and councils. The ticket will include the participant’s personal values, roles in Scouting, vision of success, and a mission of five significant goals that can be attained within 18 months. Overall, the ticket will be meaningful and enable the participant to practice the skills learned in the course. Troop Guides (Ticket Counselors) will assist participants in writing their tickets and approve them when complete. The Troop Guide, Course Director and the participant will mutually agree when all the items of the ticket have been fulfilled.

What is the Wood Badge recognition?

Recognition for the successful completion of Wood Badge (including the ticket) consists of the distinctive Wood Badge neckerchief, woggle, the Wood Badge – two wooden beads worn on a leather thong around the neck, and the certificate.  This “regalia” is recognized around the world as a symbol of training and leadership experience.

Are Scholarships available?

Scholarships must be applied for and approved prior to applying for a course.  A copy of the letter confirming the awarding of a scholarship must be attached to the application, along with the balance of the fee.

With Wood Badge being a premiere leadership course, units, chartered organizations and a number of employers may also partially or completely underwrite necessary fees for a Scouter to attend.  Please inquire with your Unit prior to applying for council scholarships.

For more information on local Council Scholarships: Contact Mike Boness, Cornerstone District Director or Al Fischer, Course Director

 Qualified Scouters may also apply for these national Wood Badge scholarships:











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