Wood Badge for the 21st Century
Wood Badge is the premier adult training program for the Boy Scouts of America. It teaches contemporary leadership and team development skills in an outdoor setting. Its purpose is to provide a quality program that will enable scouts to grow to their greatest potential. Since the training encompasses the key concepts of management from the leaders in the management field, the Wood Badge course can be helpful not only in your Scouting job, but in your career as well.
The Wood Badge course is conducted during two three-day weekends (6 continuous days at Philmont). The Wood Badge program consists of two parts – the practical training and its application. Practical leadership experiences are gained in a camp setting where leadership and management skills are learned and practiced as a member of a Wood Badge patrol.
At the conclusion of the practical training, each participant has a minimum of four months and a maximum of eighteen months to complete the application phase (the ticket) and meet all goals that have been agreed upon between the participant and a ticket counselor. Recognition for the successful completion of Wood Badge (including the ticket) consists of the distinctive Wood Badge neckerchief, woggle, the Wood Badge – two wooden beads worn on a leather thong around the neck, and the certificate. This “Regalia” is recognized around the world as a symbol of training and leadership experience.
Troop 57 has a long history of participation in the Wood Badge experience. Scouts deserve a trained leader, and new adult members joining the troop are heartily encouraged to first complete their Outdoor Leadership Training, with Wood Badge being their ultimate goal.