Wood Badge | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

Wood Badge is advanced Scout leader training that began in 1919 by Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting and Wood Badge’s first director. It came to America in 1948 and has developed to become the most advanced leadership training course in Scouting.

The object of a Wood Badge course is to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. Five days in duration and delivered over two weekends, 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 of learning alongside many other volunteers and professional Scouters, and along the way have a great deal of fun. 

The first half of the course utilizes a classroom environment and practical exercised to teach the essentials of leadership. The second half offers classroom and outdoor experiences to help you learn the application of leadership skills. Finally, you will write and complete a “ticket”. The “tickets” consists of five written goals. These goals connect your new leadership knowledge to your role in Scouting. 

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 thong. 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.

Wood Badge is the highest level of Scout leadership training and provides participants with the tools to be a well-rounded leader. The leadership skills taught are for volunteers from all Scouting areas including Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing and the district and council. Any adult volunteers who has completed basic training for their registered position can attend.


August 2021 COURSE
August 27-29 and September 11-12, 2021
Early Bird Fee – $255 (paid in full 45 days before start of course)
Regular fee $285 due 30 days before start of course 
Course Director:
September 2021 COURSE
September 17-19 & October 2-3, 2021
Early Bird Fee – $255 (paid in full 45 days before start of course)

Regular fee $285 due 30 days before start of course 

Course Director:

Wood Badge Scholarships 

Scholarships are available to applicants to help lessen the financial burden of the course. Assistance is also available through several sources such as your unit, chartered partner or employer. Typical scholarships are one half of the application fee and submission deadlines vary. 

To apply for CAC Wood Badge Association Scholarships, please contact your Course Director for the course you are interested in attending. Contact information is below. 

AFL-CIO Scholarship

VFW Scholarship

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