What Else Is Required?
The primary purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting in our units, districts, and local councils. The Wood Badge "ticket" represents your commitment to complete a set of personal goals relating to your Scouting position. These goals will significantly strengthen the program in which you are involved. In addition, the ticket gives you an opportunity to practice and demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership skills presented during the course. You should complete your Wood Badge ticket no later than 18 months after the course.
Wood Badge provides all your general Scouting equipment. You will be responsible for your personal care items, clothes, eating equipment, water bottle, sleeping accessories, and note-taking supplies. A more detailed list will be available in your registration packet and on this site in the coming months. In many cases, camping gear can be borrowed from other Scouters that are not at the course to reduce the purchase of additional equipment. Remember our motto, Be Prepared. The Boy Scout Handbook provides an excellent equipment guide.
The Wood Badge uniform is the uniform of your registered position and unit. You will be provided with 1 course shirt, 1 course cap, the course neckerchief and the appropriate insignia patches. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase additional shirts before and at the course. More information will follow. Again, it may be possible to borrow uniform parts from other Scouters instead of purchasing them.
The National Boy Scouts of America requires that every participant and staff member complete an Annual Health & Medical Record prior to the beginning of the course. This physical requires a doctor's signature, so be sure to make arrangements prior the beginning of the course. Make a copy of your physical for us, and keep the original form for your records.
To attend Wood Badge, you must complete basic training in your current Scouting position. This document will help to identify the training courses that are required. Specific information about each training course is available at the council website or by contacting one of the staff members. We can help you find training opportunities within and outside of your district, as well as help make sure you are completing the correct training courses.