Wood Badge

Wood Badge-- "A Century of Beads"

The 2019 Course has been cancelled

What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals. Scouters from Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong here.

What do we see on course?

We do many things on course, like:

  • Listening
  • Managing conflict
  • Leading change
  • Stages of team development
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Leadership for different stages
  • Servant leadership
  • Project planning
  • And more!

These come to you in presentations, games, discussions, activities, and other methods.

Why do you want to go?

You want to participate in a Wood Badge course because of things you will learn and do. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Stronger units. You will make your Scouting unit — and your sons’ and daughters’ units — stronger.
  • Influence Youth. You will learn how to make a difference in the life of a young person
  • “What” and “why” of Scouting.You will have a deeper understanding of what Scouting is and why we do it.
  • Experience. You will learn and experience things that will stay with you in Scouting and the rest of your life.
  • Fun. You will have fun and you will meet interesting people.
  • Other groups. You will make your other groups, like work, church, even family, stronger.

Who may attend Wood Badge:

Wood Badge is for all leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. It has been developed for Cub Scout, Scout, and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. The course content and leadership principles learned will provide a common foundation of leadership skills to be used throughout all program areas.


Each person participating in Wood Badge training must be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America and have completed the basic training courses for his/her Scouting position.  Each person must also provide a completed BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (Sections A, B, and C with a doctor’s signature).

Read more about the history of Wood Badge here.

Information for Employers regarding BSA Wood Badge can be found here.

Participant Forms

Participants will need the following forms for the Wood Badge Course.  Please check back often as updates will be made regularly.

Boy Scout Annual Health and Medical Record Form  (All participants will need to complete this form complete with doctors signature with one year of participation.)

Uniform Inspection Sheet  (use this form to determine what uniform you will need for the course)

WB Financial Aid Application (use this form to apply for LVAC Wood Badge Association Financial Aid)

WB LDS Scholarship application (Scholarships are at the discretion of each ward or stake. Use this form as a resource to start a conversation.)

Personal Equipment List

Wood Badge 20 Questions  (These questions should be answered by each participant before attending Wood Badge)