In 1911, Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters. He made great strides in the years that followed, culminating in 1919 with the establishment of Wood Badge training. Wood Badge recipients now number more than a hundred thousand, and can be found in all corners of the world.
The objective of a Wood Badge course is to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. Five days (two weekends) in duration, the course is a multi-faceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest of team-development theory. In addition, participants will enjoy the fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteer and along the way will have a great deal of fun.
This will be a tremendous opportunity for you to:
- Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth.
- Recognize contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and in leading government organizations, and discover how those concepts that is relevant to our values-based movement.
- Apply the skills you learn from your participation as a member of a successful working team provides Scouting with renewed leadership to accomplish its mission.
- Revitalize your commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience that helps many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be one of the peak experiences of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspirations to thousands. In return, Wood Badge participants have affected the lives of millions of youth.
We sincerely hope that you can participate. You will enjoy it fully and benefit from it immensely. You are to be commended for the work you are doing now in scouting. Wood Badge training will enable you to make an even greater contribution as you help deliver the promise of Scouting.
Requirements to Participate in Wood Badge
- Be currently registered as an adult Scouter
- Have completed basic training for both your current leadership position and the program-appropriate outdoor skills training*
- Have a good working knowledge of unit operations
- Submit an Annual Health and Medical Form
Note: Membership in one of the three councils that constitute the South Coast Cluster is not a requirement to attend one of our Wood Badge courses. We have a history of welcoming Scouters from other councils and will be happy to welcome any others.
Suggested Prerequisite Courses*
Basic Training Courses:
- Youth Protection
- Position Specific Training for your Primary Volunteer Position:
- Den Leader
- Webelos Leader
- Tiger Cub Leader
- Pack Committee Member
- Troop Committee Member
- Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmaster
- Venturing Crew Adviser
- Venturing Crew Committee Member
- Commissioner Basic Training
- District Committee Training Workshop
Scouting Outdoor Skill Training
- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (required for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters; recommended for all other participants)
The cost is $250, including a $50 deposit which is due with the application.
Upcoming Wood Badge Courses:
There are usually 2 courses offered per year; one in the spring and one in fall. To see available dates and to register for an upcoming course, please visit the council calendar.