W O O D B A D G E
Wood Badge is the Boy Scouts of America’s ultimate leadership training program for adults, offering a six-day immersion in the theory, practice and experience of appropriate skills for leading others within Scouting and environments beyond the BSA. It accomplishes this by building all the pieces of the course on a foundation of five central themes:
- Living the Values;
- Bringing the Vision to Life;
- Models for Success;
- Tools of the Trade;
- Leading to Make a Difference.
Wood Badge is designed to be as valuable to leaders involved with Cub Scouting and Venturing as it is to those primarily involved with the Scouts BSA program.
W O O D B A D G E A T
T H E S U M M I T
The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve (aka “The Summit”) is the permanent home to the National Scout Jamboree, the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, the James C. Justice National Scout Camp and the John D. Tickle National Training and Leadership Center. The Summit comprises properties totaling over 15,000 acres and is in the beautiful and adventurous New River Gorge region of southern West Virginia.
This Wood Badge course at the Summit will feature an impressive group of guest and will have a special message from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh. The theme for this one week leadership experience is “Make it Matter!” and each participant will learn from some of the biggest difference makers and leaders in the Scouting movement.
H I S T O R Y
In 1911, the founder of the Scouting movement Robert Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters. He made great strides in the years that followed.
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Wood Badge course, which was first organized by the founder of Scouting, Robert Baden-Powell. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.
The object of a Wood Badge course is to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. Six days in duration, the course is a multifaceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest in team-development theory. Participants will also enjoy the fellowship among other volunteers and professional Scouters while having fun.
Upon successful completion of all course requirements, each participant receives a certificate and the Wood Badge—two wooden beads to be worn around the neck on a leather strand. Many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be a peak experience in their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands. In return, Wood Badge participants have positively affected millions of America’s youth.
P A R T I C I P A N T
Q U A L I F I C A T I O N S
- Registered member of the Boy Scouts of America
- Have a current BSA physical and capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment;
- Successfully complete Youth Protection Training, and position-specific training;
- Own a BSA uniform
F E E S & S C H O L A R S H I P
O P P O R T U N I T I E S
Course fees include all course materials, activities, meals, tent lodging, commemorative t-shirt and hat.
- Crossroads of America member registration fee is $400.
- Non-council participant registration fee is $500
The Wood Badge Association offers a scholarship program to qualified CAC volunteers. Email: wbatsbr@gmailcom with any questions and to get an aplication.
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A R R I V A L & D E P A R T U R E
Course Dates: June 9th – 15th, 2019
Location: Summit Bechtel Reserve, 2550 Jack Furst Drive, Glen Jean, WV
Arrival and Departure: Participants need to arrive at 3:00 PM on June 9th and will depart by 2:30 PM on June 15th.
Travel: Carpool assistance from the Indianapolis area will be provided.
Direct flights to Charleston (WV) are available from Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington Dulles and Washington National airports. Ground transportation from the Charleston (WV) airport to the Summit is available by reservation.