In 1911, Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters. He made great strides in the years that followed, culminating in 1919 with the establishment of Wood Badge training. Wood Badge recipients now number more than a hundred thousand, and can be found in all corners of the world.
The objective of a Wood Badge course is to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. Five days (two weekends) in duration, the course is a multi-faceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest of team-development theory. In addition, participants will enjoy the fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteer and along the way will have a great deal of fun.
Invest in YOUSELF – AND TAKE YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL!
- Wood Badge will help you improve your leadership skills in a fun outdoor setting. You’ll be a part of a Cub Pack and a Scouts BSA Troop as you learn from amazing instructors, your fellow participants, and even from youth! Over 2 weekends (5 days) you will learn and experience the themes of Wood Badge: Connecting, Guiding, Empowering, Growing, and Living the Values.
- Past participants have compared Wood Badge to corporate training courses costing thousands of dollars and have said “Wood Badge is WAY better!”
- Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth.
- Revitalize your commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience that helps many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be one of the peak experiences of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspirations to thousands. In return, Wood Badge participants have affected the lives of millions of youth.
- This course will sell out, so get your registration in early!
Requirements to Participate in Wood Badge
- Be currently registered as an adult Scouter
- Be “Trained” for your current leadership position.
- Submit an Annual Health and Medical Form (parts A,B and C)
Note: Membership in one of the two councils that constitute the South Coast Cluster is not a requirement to attend one of our Wood Badge courses.
We have a history of welcoming Scouters from other councils and will be happy to welcome any others.
- Orientation March 11, 2023
- First course weekend April 14-16, 2023
- Second course weekend May 06-07, 2023
$300 Early, $325 Late
A $50 deposit which is due with the application.
- Orientation August 19, 2023
- First course weekend September 08-10, 2023
- Second course weekend September 23-24, 2023
Jeff Thompson – Course Director
Dave Gregory – Senior Patrol Leader
Upcoming Wood Badge Courses: