The ultimate purpose of Wood Badge is to help adult leaders deliver the highest quality Scouting program to young people and to help leaders achieve their highest potential.
It models the best techniques for developing leadership and teamwork among both young people and adults.
How much time will Wood Badge take?
Wood Badge consists of a practical phase and an application phase. The practical phase is a week long course taught at Camp Freedom. The application phase can last up to 18 months and is done in your unit at your own pace following an individual plan called a “Wood Badge Ticket” that you will write with help from the staff, during the practical phase. How long it takes to complete the application phase is up to you and you decide when you are done.
When and where is Wood Badge?
Transatlantic Council offers only one Wood Badge course each year. In 2013, the course will be held at Camp Freedom near beautiful Oberdachstetten in the German state of Bavaria. The dates are 10 - 16 August.
How will Wood Badge help me?
Wood Badge will teach you leadership techniques in a ‘living,’ hands-on environment, and you will be able to apply all you learn to your Scouting involvement and your personal life.
You’ll develop your ticket as you go through the course and each session and lesson you attend will provide more ideas and more new skills. Development of your Ticket is an exercise in goal-setting and includes creating a personal vision and mission statement and outlining individual steps to personal success.
How do I get my beads?
When you successfully complete your ticket, you will receive your beads at a unique ceremony. In addition to your Wood Badge beads, you will receive a taupe neckerchief with the famed MacLaren tartan, a leather ‘woggle’ for binding the neckerchief, and a special Wood Badge certificate.
Who may attend?
Wood Badge is a leadership course and is open to all registered Scout leaders at all levels. You will find all programs represented at the course. The staff consists of leaders from Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity, Venture, District and Council.
To attend a Wood Badge course, individuals must:
1. Be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. (Youth older than 18 may attend as long as the appropriate Youth Protection guidelines are followed. They do not need to be registered in an adult leadership role.)
2. Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position.
3. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. All participants are required to complete the Annual Health and Medical Record form.
Note: Individuals who have attended Wood Badge in the past (either Cub Scout Trainers' Wood Badge or Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge) may attend Wood Badge for the 21st Century provided that: (1) They agree to write and work a Wood Badge for the 21st Century ticket; and (2) they agree not to wear Wood Badge beads until they have satisfactorily completed their Wood Badge for the 21st Century ticket.
What are the facilities?
The course will be held at Transatlantic Council’s own Camp Freedom. Participants and staff will use tents and cots belonging to the camp for the first half of the course. We will also spend two nights camped as a troop a short distance from the main camp. Much of our training will be done in the main camp dining hall and vicinity. To help keep you in the Scouting spirit, you’ll be sleeping in in the finest accommodations, i.e., the great outdoors.
What is the food like?
During the first part of the course, meals and snacks will be prepared by the friendly Quartermasters of Troop 1. During the troop’s outdoor experience, we’ll be camping patrol-fashion and recipes (with suggested variations) and ingredients will be provided.