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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 Camp Daniel Marshall and Knox Scout Reservation which includes the writing of an individualized plan called a “Wood Badge Ticket.”
Note: Participants must be present all six 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 were April 20-22, 2018 and May 4-6, 2018.The course begins at 7:30 AM on Friday and ends by 5:00 Sunday. Look back on this page as the time for the spring 2020 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, 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, Boy Scouts, Varsity, and Venture programs, as well as the District and Council levels. We typically also have a small number of scouters from other councils.
Here are the qualifications:
  • Be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Complete training courses for your primary scouting 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 Camp Daniel Marshall 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 a Class A (dress) uniform for most of the course
events. However, there are times when the less formal Class B (casual) uniform is acceptable. 

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