Wood Badge


Wood Badge is all About Leadership!

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What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is the premiere adult leadership training program of the Boy Scouts of America and is recognized by Scouting organizations around the world.
What is the purpose of Wood Badge?
The purpose of Wood Badge is to help you develop new skills and techniques to deliver the highest quality Scouting program.

How much time will Wood Badge take?

Wood Badge consists of two phases. Phase One, the Practical Phase, is a two-weekend course taught at the Nature and Adventure Center and Knox Scout Reservation and includes the writing of an individualized Scouting commitment plan called a “Wood Badge Ticket.”
Note: Participants must be present all five days to complete the Practical Phase of this course.
PhaseTwo, the Application Phase, can last up to 18 months and is done at your own pace. You will apply the skills you have learned as you complete your “Wood Badge Ticket”.
When and where is Wood Badge?
Georgia Carolina Council offers only one Wood Badge course every two years. Course dates for our next course are March 24-26, 2023 and April 15-16, 2023.  Weekend one begins at 7:30 AM on Friday and ends by 5:00 Sunday.  Weekend two begins at 7:30 AM Saturday the 15th of April and ends about 5:00 PM on the 16th. Look back on this page for more details as the spring 2023 course approaches!

How will Wood Badge help me?

Wood Badge is a full-blown corporate leadership training experience delivered on a Scouting canvas. Its leadership training will translate into all areas of your life - professional, family, and Scouting!. The leadership skills, and other lessons, of Wood Badge will enable Scout leaders to deliver the highest quality Scouting program. We consistently find the best-run Scouting units also have the largest number of Wood Badge trained adult leaders. 

What are Wood Badge beads?

Wood Badge beads signify that you have successfully completed your ticket and are worn with your uniform. You will receive your beads at a unique ceremony, as well as a taupe neckerchief with the famed MacLaren tartan, a leather woggle, and a special Wood Badge certificate.
What are the qualifications to take Wood Badge?
Wood Badge is a leadership course that is open to all registered Scout leaders. You will find leaders from Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing programs, as well people from the District and Council levels. 
Here are the qualifications:
  • Be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Complete training courses for your primary Souting position to be "Trained"
  • Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment
  • Have current BSA Health Forms A,B, and C 
  • There is NO tenure requirement.

What are the facilities?

The course will be held at the Georgie-Carolina Nature and Adventure Center and Knox Scout Reservation. To help keep you in the Scouting spirit, you’ll be sleeping in the finest accommodations, i.e. the great outdoors.

What do I wear?

Participants will wear the full BSA field uniform - often refered to as the Class A - during th emajority of the course. However, there are times when the less-formal Class B (activity) uniform is acceptable. 

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