Wood Badge 2019
Gilwell Park, United Kingdom
August 4-10, 2019

This Wood Badge course will be an experience you will never forget!

What is Wood Badge for the 21st Century? 

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 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.

Wood Badge is the advanced leadership and team-building training for adult leaders.
It teaches skills that are useful in Scouting and elsewhere 
The program is for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venture leaders as well as council and district leaders.
Wood Badge for the 21st Century focuses on leadership, not outdoor skills.

The 21st Century Wood Badge course brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturing, and all levels of BSA’s professional staff. Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, 21st Century Wood Badge also draws upon the most current leadership models being used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.
The Wood Badge course is designed to represent a month in the life of a Scout unit, with participants entering as Cub Scouts, then bridging into Boy Scouting to form patrols for the remainder of the program. Selected staff members will interact with participants as a Venturing crew.  Participants will take part in numerous presentations, discussions, and activities that explore and advance a wide range of leadership philosophies and tools. In addition to all the opportunities for learning at a Wood Badge course, participants will find a tremendous amount of fellowship, a keen sense of accomplishment, and plenty of fun. 21st Century Wood Badge should:

  • Enhance leaders ability to train other leaders who can effectively lead their groups.
  • Increase the number of units using small and large group models best defined by the patrol method.
  • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness with which units operate.
  • Leaders will be more effective working with large units comprised of many dens/patrols/adults giving more individuals the opportunity to lead.
  • Improve retention of adult leaders through increased personal satisfaction and fulfillment.

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The time is now to sign up for Wood Badge! This course will be held at Gilwell Park, London, England in August 4-10, 2019. 
This is the 100th Anniversary of the first course, which was held at Gilwell Park with our scouting’s founder, Baden-Powell.  
Come have a mountaintop experience where it all began!


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If you have attended Wood Badge and have completed your ticket (i.e. Received your Beads), you will have to register yourself with our Council in order for us to let you know of Wood Badge opportunities as well as other leadership opportunities.


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