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Wood Badge For The 21st Century

Wood Badge is Scouting's premier training course. It's the ultimate leadership training experience designed to meet the leadership needs for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing leaders as well as Council and District leaders and Scouting professionals.

Lord Baden-Powell originally 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.

Wood Badge has evolved into the core leadership skills training course for the BSA. The Wood Badge For The 21st Century course focuses on strengthening every volunteer's ability to work with and lead groups of youth and adults and is less focused on outdoor skills, which are more effectively addressed in other courses.


Wood Badge Participants learn to:

  • View Scouting globally as a family of inter-related value-based programs that provide age appropriate activities for youth. 
  • Recognize the contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and leading government organizations that are relevant to our value-based movement. 
  • Apply the skills learned from participation as a member of a successful working team. 
  • Revitalize their commitment by sharing in an overall inspirational experience that helps provide Scouting with the leadership it needs to accomplish its mission on an ongoing basis.
  •  Keep Scouting Fun for our Youth!

The object of a Wood Badge course is to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. The six-day course is a multi-faceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest team-development theory. In addition, participants enjoy the fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteer and professional Scouters, and along the way will have a great deal of fun. 

The upcoming Wood Badge Course is N2-640-19 being held at Alpine Scout Reservation, Alpine, N.J. for 2 weekends,  Oct. 5-7 & Nov. 1-3, 2019.

Cost is $280 Early Bird fee of $250 if paid by May 1st. 

For questions, Contact Course Director Anthony Bracciante

Email Course Director


Donna Ragusa, WPC Wood Badge Co-Ordinator Email Coordinator

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