21st Century Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership development course for the Boy Scouts of America.

Wood Badge teaches contemporary leadership and team-building skills in a comfortable outdoor setting, where learners become members of their own Troop. Wood Badge’s effectiveness as an effective leadership development experience has been applauded by industry training professionals. Its positive influence on graduates’ individual unit-level program is unparalleled.

Wood Badge is, first and foremost, learning by doing.  Participants in the course are formed first into a Pack, bridge over into a Troop, and finally are inducted into a Venturing Crew, just as Scouts move up through the Scouting program.  The courses are open to all adult Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing leaders and district and council volunteers that have completed Basic Training for their position and are capable of handling the hectic, physically demanding course schedule.

Nationally famous training professionals and volunteers updated the Wood Badge syllabus to provide the best methods to adult Scouters for teaching leadership anddelivering program to their youth.

What is the purpose of Wood Badge?

The ultimate purpose of Wood Badge is to help adult leaders deliver the highest quality Scouting program to young people to help them achieve their highest potential. It models the best techniques for developing leadership and teamwork among both young people and adults.

How much time will Wood Badge take?

Wood Badge is conducted over two, three-day weekends scheduled about three weeks apart.  Each weekend begins at 8 a.m. Friday.  Your patrol will have one or two meetings scheduled at your convenience between weekend sessions.  There is also an alternate format that runs for six consecutive days.

Where is Wood Badge held?

The courses are held at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch near Bridgeport, at Camp Tahuaya near Temple, and at Worth Ranch near Palo Pinto.  Camps offer multiple, private showers, dressing rooms (with electricity and mirrors!) and indoor restrooms with flush toilets. And you’ll be able to enjoy air-conditioned Gilwell Hall, our indoor learning facility at Sid Richardson. To help keep you in the Scouting spirit, you’ll be sleeping on cots in platform-mounted wall tents.

How will Wood Badge help me?

Wood Badge will teach you outdoor skills and leadership techniques in a ‘living,’ hands-on environment, and you will be able to apply all you learn to your Scouting involvement and your personal life. You will develop a Ticket, which is a written agreement outlining how you will apply your newly learned skills as you continue your involvement in Scouting. Development of your Ticket is an exercise in goal-setting and includes creating a personal vision and mission statement and outlining individual steps to personal success.

How do I get my beads?

You’re probably seen other Scouters wearing their Wood Badge beads. When you success-fully complete your Ticket, some of your Wood Badge staff members will present you with your Wood Badge beads, a tan neckerchief with the famed MacLaren tartan, a leather ‘woggle’ (neckerchief slide) and a special Wood Badge certificate.

What do I wear?

Participants are encouraged to wear a full uniform.

What are the qualifications?

It is for adult Scouters at all levels: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venture, District and Council. It’s NOT just for Scoutmasters. The qualifications include:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Complete basic training courses for your primary Scouting position.
  • Complete the outdoor skills training program appropriate to your Scouting position.
  • Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment.
  • Complete the Annual Health and Medical Form Parts A, B, and C.
  • Graduates of previous courses are eligible to participate!

What is the course registration fee?

The individual fee for attending Wood Badge includes all your meals, course materials, a Wood Badge Tshirt and the coveted Wood Badge beads.

Standard Course Fee: $210

Lakeview Course Fee: $275


Wood Badge Photo Tour


Wood Badge Staff Interest Form


Wood Badge 2015 Courses

- PDF Application

- Register Online

Course Fee Loan Application

Wood Badge Scholarship Form


Available Courses

Greg Schadt, Course Director
Worth Ranch – Fri-Sun, March 20-22, 2015
Worth Ranch – Fri-Sun, April 10-12, 2015

Curtis Franklin, Course Director
Sid Richardson (SR2) – Mon-Sat, July 13-18, 2015
Held at Lakeview Lodge Conference Center

GW Bell, Course Director
Sid Richardson (SR2) – Fri-Sun, Oct. 2-4, 2015
Sid Richardson (SR2) – Fri-Sun, Oct. 23-25, 2015


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