About Wood Badge

Blackhawk Area Council Wood Badge

What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge training began in 1919 by Baden Powell as a way to insure that the leaders of Scout troops were properly trained.

Reflecting on a century of Scouting, Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations throughout the country to present the latest in leadership theory and team development to a new generation of Scout leaders

Why Wood Badge?

The purpose of Wood Badge is to help you understand how to run a quality program, and to enable the Scouts that you serve to grow to their greatest potential.

Delivered by a passionate team of trainers you will see how the 5 themes of Wood Badge: Living the Values, Growing, Connecting, Guiding, and Empowering can be applied in your role as a Scouter as well as your personal and professional life.

You will deepen your appreciation for Scouting’s heritage and develop a vision of the role you will play in its future.

What You Can Expect

Throughout the Wood Badge course you will appreciate the enthusiastic presenters, learn through games and role playing, have a blast building a hands-on project with your small group, and experience many inspirational moments.

You will build a strong network within the Scouting program, and be presented with a wide range of leadership topics including:

  • Situational Leadership
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Communication
  • Project Planning
  • Leading Change
  • Problem Solving
  • Managing Conflict
  • Coaching & Mentoring

On the first weekend, each attendee writes a set of Scouting-related goals called the ticket. These goals define your vision and outline a plan of action for the next 18 months. As you work on these goals, you will get an immediate return on your investment.

When you complete your ticket, you will receive your training award, a Wood Badge neckerchief, a leather woggle neckerchief slide, and a set of Wood Badge beads. These items identify you as someone that has completed this advanced training. They will also serve to remind you of your ongoing commitment to service and Scouting.