Wood Badge Training


WOOD BADGE is the capstone training course for all Scouters.  Every scouter should seek an invitation to WOOD BADGE after completing basic training in their position.  There are other training courses that go deeper into particular topics than WOOD BADGE, but they are all specialized for particular aspects of scouting. 

Not only is WOOD BADGE the capstone course in the Boy Scouts of America, but it is held in common by every member of the World Movement of Scouting.  The format & content of the course changes from country to country, but the award is the same. Hundreds of thousands of Scouters around the world have earned the WOOD BADGE training award.


Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, directed the first WOOD BADGE course in 1919.  It was held at GilwellPark in Epping Forest outside London, England.


WOOD BADGE has two phases: Practical Training and Application.


The Practical Training phase consists of 2 three day weekends during which you'll learn while role-playing as a member of a Cub Scout pack and Boy Scout troop, and observing a Venturing Crew. 

The Application phase is an 18 month period immediately following the Practical Training phase, during which you'll apply what you learned to improve yourself and scouting.

When you successfully complete the Application phase you’ll receive WOOD BADGE award which is two wooden beads on a leather thong.  You'll also receive a "woggle" & a Gilwell neckerchief.


So, WOOD BADGE is different than other scouting training courses in that you must apply what you learned to "pass".  WOOD BADGE is also different from the other training courses in its purpose.  If you think of the other training courses in scouting as giving you "tools" you can use, WOOD BADGE is focused on how you use those  tools to provide the best possible Scouting program.




Information on next Wood Badge Course:


Scoutmaster - Shawn Wright




Weekend 1, April 5-7, 2019 (Camp Comer)

Weekend 2, April 26-28, 2019 (Camp Westmoreland)

More Information about Wood Badge can be found at: http://www.woodbadgealabama.com

Who:                  Any registered, fully trained adult Scouter.

Cost:                  $250.00

For a paper application, click here

For electronic application, click here.