Wood Badge | Baden Powell’s Legacy for You


In 1919 Lord Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting, held the first Wood Badge course at Gilwell Park to ensure that adult leaders were properly skilled to lead youth in the Scouting program. For the last century, Scouters world-wide have been continuing the legacy of taking Wood Badge to ensure that the methods of effective mentoring and leadership remain strong for the youth we serve.

What is Wood Badge? It’s Scouting’s ultimate leadership training for adults. Wood Badge is a 2 weekend, 6 day action-packed program.  During the course you’ll get to be a Scout experiencing a month’s worth of exciting program while learning critical leadership skills. Most participants say that it has helped not only in their Scouting role, but also in their professional and family life as well.

Who can attend? No matter your role, no matter the program, this course is for YOU! The course is designed for leaders involved in any of Scouting’s programs and at any level (unit, district, or council).

Requirements to Participate:

  • Be a registered member of BSA 
  • Attendance at both weekends is required 
  • Complete Leader Specific Training for your registered position. 
  • Must be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment.
  • Outdoor skills training is not required but would be useful.  


You will have the opportunity to join with other Scouters to share ideas, discuss challenges and locate resources. Attendees form new and lasting friendships during their Wood Badge experiences, Wood Badge is an intense leadership training that will change your life.

Wood Badge teaches leadership and team-building skills in a comfortable outdoor setting. There isn't anything else in Scouting like it. Best of all, Wood Badge is FUN! Please join us on the trail to a mountaintop experience in one of the greatest adventures in Scouting.

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 Samoset Council, Boy Scouts of America
 3511 Camp Phillips Rd, Weston WI 54476
 715-355-1450 (phone) | 715-355-9849 (fax)

Samoset Vision: Every youth prepared for tomorrow's challenges.