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Wood Badge 2008 - NE-IV-200
April 11-13, 2008 and April 25-27, 2008


Baden Powell originally presented Wood Badge in 1919 as a means of strengthening the Scouting movement throughout the world. Today, in this country, Wood Badge combines a situational leadership program with the opportunity to sharpen personal outdoor and camping skills. Participants learn by doing and by sharing experiences with new and old friends. Participants will enhance their understanding of the real meaning of Scouting and the effectiveness of its methods.

Wood Badge training often makes a big difference in the home unit. It is the difference between just offering a form of recreation and providing a program through which Scouters will have a positive and profound effect on the lives of our youth.  The leadership methods developed in Wood Badge are applicable not only in Scouting but in all other roles in life.


The awarding of a parchment certificate, a distinctive Wood Badge neckerchief and woggle, and the “Wood Badge” – two wooden beads on a leather thong, marks successful completion.  Scouters may also be able to earn college credit for Wood Badge completion.

How A Scouter Qualifies

There are two parts in the Wood Badge program:  The Practical and the Application. Both must be completed before final recognition is given.


The Practical phase is either a six-day or two-weekend experience. Through living in a Scouting atmosphere, participants develop their Scouting spirit and a real zeal for, and understanding of, the Scouting program. This both motivates and enables them to do the best possible job in their home Scouting role. This phase includes classroom learning with patrol and inter-patrol activities.


There is no minimum time requirement from the completion of the practical course to complete this phase, but there is a maximum time of 18 months from the last day of the practical course. During this period the Scouter applies what he/she has learned. Throughout this period of application, each person works with a ticket counselor who acts as a resource, evaluator, and most of all as a Scouting friend. When the participant and counselor agree that the former has completed their ticket, understands the leadership methods, and can apply them to the betterment of the Scouting program, the counselor recommends that the Wood Badge recognition be awarded.

Who Attends Wood Badge

ANY adult 18 years of age or older who is currently registered in the Boy Scouts of America may attend Wood Badge.


Scouters attend Wood Badge upon the recommendation of the Training Committee Commissioner Staff, and Scout Executive.

Each Scouter invited to participate in Wood Badge must be registered in an adult position and must have completed the specific leader training for their position. The training would be one of the following; Cub Scout Leader Specific Training, Scoutmaster / Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, Outdoor Skills Workshop or Scoutmastership Fundamentals, Troop Committee Challenge Training, Venture Leader Specific Training or Commissioner Basic Training.

You should also have a “basic knowledge of the Scouting program.” ALL courses are open to qualified male and female Scouters in Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venture programs.


Total cost per participant is $220, with a $50.00 minimum deposit required to secure your reservation.  Payment in full is required by March 10, 2008.


Supported by donations from Shamiro and WeddenOp

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