What Is Wood Badge: Many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be a peak experience of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands. A Scouter participating in Wood Badge has the opportunity to:
- Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth.
- Recognize contemporary leadership concepts and discover how they are relevant to the Scouting movement.
- Apply the skills learned as a member of a successful working team.
- Revitalize their commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience that provides Scouting with renewed leadership.
The Wood Badge Experience: There are two parts to Wood Badge in the Boy Scouts of America, the practical part and the application period. Both must be completed to receive the Wood Badge - two wooden beads to be worn around the neck on a leather thong.
- The practical part is a two-weekend experience to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. The course is a multifaceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best Scouting traditions and the latest in team development theory. Participants will enjoy the fellowship of learning along side many other Scouters, and along the way will have a great deal of fun.
- The application part of Wood Badge is a period of up to 18 months during which participants demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership principles presented during the course. This is accomplished through the Wood Badge "ticket", which represents the participant's commitment to complete a set of personal goals related to their Scouting position. These goals will significantly strengthen the program in which the participant is involved. Throughout the time of application, each participant has a counselor who serves as a resource, an evaluator, and a Scouting friend. When the counselor and the participant determine that the new skills are understood and can be applied to their Scouting position, a recommendation is made for the Wood Badge to be awarded.