Why Should I Take Wood Badge?

Every scout deserves the BEST trained leaders.  We want you to be the best.  The youth we serve deserve the best!  Here is what we have been told BY OUR MOST RECENT GRADUATES that Wood Badge did for them.  Hopefully it will apply to you, as well:

  • You will gain a better understanding of Scouting’s programs.  You will know where to turn for help, for program, for resources and for ideas.
  • You will gain a MUCH better understanding of leadership and some useful tools for the challenges you face as Scout leader.   You will better understand what makes up leadership and how to built ‘high performance teams’ made up of Scouts and of adult leaders.
  • Wood Badge is VERY immediate, hands on and practical– you will be able to put it to use immediately– not only in your Scouting unit, but in your life.
  • You will be able to more effective set achievable goals in your Scouting position that will make you a better and more effective volunteer.
  • You will have fun and make new friends for life.
  • Because you’ll be better informed and better in control, you will be able to enjoy your Scouting job much, much more.

Go ahead.  Read through this web site and then you’ll say: ”I can’t miss this!”

Past Wood Badge Participant Comments:

“I’m just sorry I waiting so long to take Wood Badge.  I should have done this earlier.  It was just GREAT” (2006).

“This is some of the best training I’ve ever had in my entire career– Scouting or otherwise.  The leadership and team-building training you guys gave us was better than the week-long training on these same topics I’ve had out in corporate America.  Well done.” (2007)

“I was able to apply these takeaways immediately.  I was in a meeting [at work] on the Monday following the course.  Without going into details, this meeting was different from our other meetings.  It was more productive.  We were calmer and more supportive of each other.  We achieved a better result.  It was clear that leadership skills can often be subtle and gentle tools which empower and embolden people to achieve more than they otherwise could have.  And, frankly, the meeting was much more enjoyable.”  (2008)

“It is not simply the message and the refresher of old material and presentation of new material but the combination of the enthusiasm of the staff combined with the material that has provided such inspiration.  I know that at worst if I improve my home relationships and have a greater love for whom I serve that alone will improve our troop without even implementing the structural changes that can be made.  I thought that this course could be done in two 2-day weekends, and that if you did you may have more leaders attending, but I am starting to rethink that.  I don’t believe that I was really “sold” until the 3rd day.  While I have a million thoughts going on right now I am excited to come back and see my new found friends from my patrol and staff.”  (2009)

Wood Badge Training is Practical Training.

Every thing we do has a purpose.  Every minute of every day is chock full of ideas and opportunities for you to take home and put to good use.  Every classroom session with your new friends, every game you play, every assembly.  As Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting said, “Scouting is a game… with a purpose.”  Whether you’re a Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venturing volunteer, we think you’ll find that Wood Badge is stuff you can put to work.