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About Wood Badge

Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations throughout the country. Wood Badge training was begun by Baden Powell in 1919 as a way to insure that the leaders of Scout troops were properly trained. Since then Wood Badge has been held worldwide, providing advanced leadership training to thousands of Scout leaders. Wood Badge builds upon the best traditions and experiences of the Boy Scouts of America and also draws from a wide range of courses within and beyond the bounds of Scouting to present the latest in leadership theory and team development.


The founder of Scouting, Baden-Powell, once said in 1919:


"One of the purposes of Wood Badge training is to get Scouters to think about the practice of Scouting, to meet together, to exchange experiences, and to live together in the spirit of the Scout Oath."


Why Attend

By taking Wood Badge, Scouters will acquire valuable tools such as listening, communicating, conflict management, project planning and leading change. Participants will better learn to understand and appreciate diversity and differences in our society. They will learn skills that will make them a better Scout leader. Units with trained leaders are able to deliver an improved program and a more meaningful experience for the youth Scouting serves. By attending Wood Badge, the participants will internalize the 5 themes of Wood Badge: Living the Values, Growing, Connecting, Guiding, Empowering.

"The greatest week of my life with fellow scouters from all over the US.  And it was in a perfect setting... Philmont.  I highly recommend it to others."

James F

"Some of the the best leadership training I have been to.  While it was it done through Scouting, I learned so much about myself and how to be a better leader and a better Scouter.  I especially loved the team building and the location."

Scott B

"The place was perfect.  The staff was excellent.  The material was spot-on and the experience was out of this world.  Highly recommend!"

Gary S

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