Wood Badge


What is Wood Badge?

Welcome to Wood Badge, 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.

The Wood Badge course brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting—Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Varsity Scouting, Venturing—and all levels of Boy Scouts of America professional staff. Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, the course also draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.

Who is this course for?

This course is recommended for any adult leader or volunteer who plans in staying for at least 3 years.  Wood Badge was designed to enhance contemporary leadership skill and develop more effective Scouters. The Wood Badge program gives participants a greater understanding of Scouting aims and methods, while developing true Scout Spirit.

It is anticipated that all people who complete Wood Badge training will continue to work actively in the Scouting program to further the aims and methods of Scouting.


  • Be a registered adult leader
  • Complete Basic Leader Training (Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturer) for your current position