Wood Badge

Wood Badge is a training course for Scouters which finally results in their receiving a certificate, a small neckerchief, a leather slide, and two small wooden beads on a leather thong. Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, directed the first course in 1919 and gave each of the participants one of the beads which he had captured from the African chieftain Dinizulu. Thus did the course name develop, for its symbol was literally a badge of wood.


Wood Badge is, further, Scouting’s premier training course. Baden-Powell designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. It is first and foremost, learning by doing. The members of the course are formed into patrols and these into a troop.  The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors for a week, camping, cooking their own meals, and practicing Scout skills.

2017 Wood Badge – Sign up today!

Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier leadership training experience!  It is a fun, exciting and action-packed program that teaches the best in modern leadership theories within the context of traditional Scouting activities.


Why take Wood Badge?  Reason #9 – Communications

Effective communications is essential to the success of virtually everything we do.  If we cannot understand what others are saying or thinking, if we cannot get others to understand what we are expecting and planning, if we do not recognize when others are struggling or not failing to comprehend our message, then we cannot realistically expect to achieve our goals.  Communications can be verbal and non-verbal – are we sensitive to body language, distractions, and other non-verbal cues?  Wood Badge training will help us heighten our sensitivity to effective communications, emphasizing techniques for the effective two-way exchange of ideas and information, and help improve our communications when interacting with others. 


Wood Badge requires mandatory attendance at two three-day training sessions at the Nelson Training Center at the Musser Scout Reservation in Pennsburg, PA. Our 2017 dates are August 18-20 and September 9-11.


The cost for this dynamic opportunity to become knowledgeable in communications, ethical decision making, servant leadership, team development, resolving conflicts, coaching, mentoring and teaching others is $300, to register, click here.

2017 Wood Badge


What: The Wood Badge course, Scouting’s premier leadership experience, brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting-Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Sea Scouts, Venturing and all levels of Boy Scouts of America professional staff. Reflecting the best of over a century of Scouting experience, the course also draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.

Who:  ALL adult leaders: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, and Venturing Leaders, District and Council volunteers, professional Scouters, and council staff.

When: Two 3-day weekends:

Friday, August 18, 2017  7:30 AM to Sunday August 20, 2017  5:30 PM;

AND  Saturday, September 9, 2017  8:00 AM to Monday, September 11, 2017  4:30 PM.

NOTE: * You must attend both weekends and complete your post-course project (“Ticket”) to get your “Beads”.

Where: Musser Scout Reservation, Pennsburg, PA


Cost:  $300

Payment options are available, but registration is not complete until paid in full.

$50 is nonrefundable unless the course is canceled.

No refunds for no-shows or those that do not complete the course.


Register:  Register and pay online, click here


For questions contact:

Jeff Baer, Course Director, at jbaer84@hotmail.com or 215-896-9333

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