What is Required?
The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience
is to strengthen Scouting in our units, districts,
and local councils. The Wood Badge "ticket"
represents your commitment to complete a set of
personal goals relating to your Scouting position.
These goals will significantly strengthen the
program in which you are involved. In addition, the
ticket gives you an opportunity to practice and
demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership
skills presented during the course. You should
complete your Wood Badge ticket no later than 18
months after the course.
Wood Badge provides all your general Scouting
equipment. You will be responsible for your personal
care items, clothes, eating equipment, water bottle,
sleeping accessories, and note-taking supplies.
Follow this suggested personal gear list. In many
cases, camping gear can be borrowed from other
scouters that are not at the course to reduce the
purchase of additional equipment. Remember our
motto, Be Prepared. The Boy Scout Handbook provides
an excellent equipment guide.
Personal Equipment List
The Wood Badge uniform is the uniform of your
registered position and unit. You will be provided
with 1 course shirt, 1 course cap, the course
neckerchief and the appropriate insignia patches.
Participants will have the opportunity to purchase
additional shirts before and at the course. More
information will follow. Again, it may be possible
to borrow uniform parts from other scouters instead
of purchasing them.
The National Boy Scouts of America requires that
every participant and staff member have Parts A, B
and C of the Annual Health and Medical Record
completed within a year prior to the beginning of the
course. This physical requires a physicians signature,
so be sure to make arrangements prior the beginning
of the course. Make a copy of your physical for us,
and keep the original form for your records.
Annual Health and Medical
Explanation of details of the
Annual Health and Medical Record
To attend Wood Badge, you must complete basic
training in your current Scouting position. The
spreadsheet below will help to identify the training
courses that are required. Specific information
about each training course is available at the
council website or by contacting one of the
staff members. We can help you find training
opportunities within and outside of your district,
as well as help make sure you are completing the
correct training courses.
Basic Training Requirements in
Scouting for Wood Badge (xls)
Attendance for Completion
Each course weekend starts Friday at 7:00 am and
ends around 5:30 pm on Sunday. To complete the
course, a participant must attend the entire course
on all 6 days it is presented.