On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Wood Badge is Scouting's premier leadership training course. It is the ultimate leadership training experience designed to meet the leadership needs for all Scouting leaders, including Venturing leaders, as well as Council and District leaders and Scouting professionals. The course provides participants an opportunity to learn, share, and experience the continuum of the Scouting program, from Cub Scouts all the way through Venturing.
Lord Baden-Powell originally designed the Wood Badge program 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 Boy Scouts of America. Wood Badge for the 21st Century 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.
Venturing has a special place in the Wood Badge program. As participants experience the ages and stages of Scouting, among the experiences is a transition from a Boy Scout to a Venturer and an experience working with an actual crew. Participants have the opportunity to not only learn about the Venturing program, but to also experience it first hand from actual Venturers.
Councils that are hosting a Wood Badge course are encouraged to include youth Venturing crew members as adjunct to the course. These crew members are not Wood Badge participants or staff. However, they can play a key role in facilitating the learning experience of Wood Badge participants. Venturing youth that assist a course have a great opportunity to promote Venturing to Cub and Boy Scout leaders. This may be the first opportunity some of these leaders have had to interact with Venturers. Wood Badge course directors are encouraged to develop a relationship with the council’s TLC/VOA or an active crew to identify and recruit Venturers for this opportunity. Consideration should be given to youth that are active in the program, good public speakers, and have backcountry camping experience.