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3 Excuses for not Taking Wood Badge!

Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!

‘I’m too busy to take Wood Badge’ ---You know how your desk at work gets totally out of control and you have 600 emails in your inbox and there is a whole box of filing that needs to be done and you don’t know what to do next because everything is a crisis…you finally give in and dedicate time to stop the madness, clean up, get organized, get a plan--- and suddenly your whole world snaps back in place?

Imagine your Pack, Troop, Crew or Post with a couple of leaders who have the tools and the motivation to really make things that need to get done happen, leaders with goals that are driven by what matters to them the most and specifically designed to make your unit better than ever before---Wood Badge does that.

Money…Money Changes Everything!

‘I can’t pay for Wood Badge.’ ---Below you'll find an article about Wood Badge gave a comparison of the cost and content of some of the most recognized leadership training programs in the USA to Wood Badge.  There’s no better deal out there.  There are options for financing if you need assistance. 

  • Your employer may pay for your course if they offer educational assistance.  Wood Badge is not just about Scouting.  What you bring back to the office in leadership skills will be worth the investment. 
  • Your unit and/or your chartering organization may pay part or all of your participation fee. 
  • There are scholarships available through the council office.

No Excuses!  JUST DO IT!

‘I have other issues.’  ---Dietary restrictions, physical limitations, allergies, arachnophobia…we got you covered. 
We are able to accommodate your needs to make you comfortable.  We have never had a challenge we couldn’t meet. 
Camping newbie?  We won’t let you fail.  You will be partnered with experienced campers.

Wood Badge will take two weekends of your time.  The ROI (return on your investment) will last a lifetime. 
The dates for the 2015 course are March 20-22 & April 10-12.

To register, contact the Scout Office at (478) 743-9386 or Kevin Dougherty at (478) 951-9388. 
Click Here to Register Online !!  ONLINE Registration will close on February 27, 2015

Please NOTE if you don't already have a profile on the Central Georgia Council Website, you will need to create one HERE

Compare the BSA Wood Badge course with other well-known leadership courses


  • Franklin Covey, Solutions for Business Workshop

            “The Four Roles of Leadership”

An intensive, workshop for leaders at all levels who want to significantly improve their strategic thinking, long-term vision, and positive influence on others.


  • Ken Blanchard Companies Workshop

            “Building High Performing Teams”

Teaches team members and leaders how to function more efficiently, create a clear vision and purpose, empower and involve people, manage conflict and change, create an open, productive environment, and celebrate success.



  • Dale Carnegie Training

Strictly Business: The Dale Carnegie Immersion Seminar

This unique three-day seminar will help you master the skills you need to excel in today's competitive workplace. You'll learn to handle people more professionally and keep pace with fast-changing workplace conditions. After you complete the seminar you'll be equipped to perform as a persuasive communicator, creative problem solver and intelligent risk-taker.

I promise that what you get out this program, the fun you will have and the friendship bonds you will make --- will be … PRICELESS.

In case you’re still not convinced---My favorite example:

  • Adventure Associates Training

“Corporate Training Workshop”

Lists specific subjects straight from Wood Badge, such as:  

  • Stages of Team Development
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Feedback
  • Vision
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Communication
  • Project Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Effective Listening 

All of their courses have a starting price of $3,975.00!


Boy Scouts of America

  • “Wood Badge”

An extensive workshop incorporating leadership concepts that are applicable in the workplace, community involvement, in your personal life and in your role as a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America.  The course is held over two, three-day weekends (March 20-22, 2015 & April 10-12, 2015) at Camp Benjamin Hawkins at a cost of $250 per person.

As you can see, the Boy Scouts of America course manages time and materials effectively to deliver a substantial value to its stakeholders.  In many cases employers and/or Scout Units are willing to pay for part or the entire registration fee for participants taking this training.  Should you have any question regarding registration or the program itself, please don’t hesitate to contact the Scout Office at (478) 743-9386 or Kevin Dougherty
at (478) 951-9388.

    Wood Badge has been developed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing Leaders, as well as council and district leaders. The course content and leadership principles introduced apply to Scouters in all leadership positions and will provide a common foundation of leadership skills to be used throughout all program areas.

    On the morning of September 8, 1919, a 61 year-old retired general of the British Army stepped out into the center of a clearing at Gilwell Park, in Epping Forest, outside London, England. He raised to his lips the horn of a Greater Kudu, one of the largest of African antelopes.

    He blew a long sharp blast. Nineteen men dressed in short pants and knee socks, their shirt-sleeves rolled up, assembled by patrols for the first Scoutmasters training camp held at Gilwell. The camp was designed and guided by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the World Scouting Movement. 

    When they had finished their training together, Baden-Powell gave each man a simple wooden bead from a necklace he had found in a Zulu chieftain's deserted hut when on campaign in South Africa in 1888. The Scoutmasters training course was a great success and continued to be held year-after-year. At the end of each course the wooden beads were used to recognize the completion of training. When the original beads ran out, new ones were whittled to maintain the tradition established by Baden-Powell. Because of these beads, the course came to be known as the Wood Badge Course. It continues to this day in England and around the world as the advanced training course for leaders in Scouting.
Wood Badge has five Central Themes:
1) Living the Values
a. Values, mission, and vision
b. Aims and methods
2) Bringing the Vision to Life
a. Listening to learn
b. Communicating
c. Giving and receiving feedback
d. Valuing people and leveraging diversity
e. Coaching and mentoring
3) Models for Success
a. Team development model
b. Situational Leadership
4) Tools of the Trade
a. Project planning and problem solving
b. Managing conflict
c. Assessing team performance
d. Managing change
e. Celebrating team success
5) Leading to Make a Difference
a. Leaving a legacy
b. Learning the greatest leadership secret


To attend a Wood Badge course, you must:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America. (There is no minimum tenure required.)
  • Have not previously completed a Wood Badge course since 2001. (If you went through the legacy course, we welcome you to join us !!) 
  • Have completed the basic training courses for your Scouting position:
    • New Leader Essentials for all leaders.
    • Position Specific Training for all leaders.
    • The appropriate training course(s) taken prior to the 2001 training curriculum change are still valid for this requirement.
  • Have completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for your Scouting position.
    • Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills for Boy Scout Leaders.
    • Scoutmaster Fundamentals is valid for this requirement if taken in 2001 or earlier.
  • Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment.
  • Successful completion of the "NEW" BSA Medical Form is required for all participants.








Your Wood Badge Vision – by David B. Erickson

Have you ever wondered if Wood Badge, the advanced BSA leadership training course, is for you? The article below is copied from the LDS-BSA October 2007 newsletter, and it and other newsletters and information can be found at They have graciously allowed us to copy the article to share with you.

Your Wood Badge Vision

If you signed up for Baden-Powell's first Wood Badge course in the fall of 1919 at Gilwell Park outside of London, you could have learned animal tracking, art, useful knots, and how to cook. And while learning those skills, you would have learned something else. Baden-Powell would have probably helped you to catch your own vision of how to lead Scouts.

Catching the vision of how you can be a great Scout leader is still one of the purposes of Wood Badge. Though the course has refined somewhat over the years-art, tracking, knots, and cooking are taught elsewhere-and the course has shortened from the original 12 days to six-advanced Scout leadership training is still the heart and purpose of Wood Badge. And the reward of sharing in this hands-on-experience is catching your own vision of how you can help boys feel the spirit of Scouting and become great leaders.

Careful! It May Change Your Life
While a Wood Badge course teaches you state-of-the-art leadership principles, I believe the genius behind Wood Badge is that you learn by doing in a patrol setting. You'll acquire leadership tools and practice some models of success, and along the way you'll probably feel something you would like your boys to feel-the spirit of Scouting. And it may change your life.

Here's an edited version of thoughts shared this summer by several Wood Badge participants-

"Wow, where do I find the words to say thank you!? You will never be able to know how much you have affected my life for the good."

"My prayer and desire was answered because of your talents, testimonies, work and service. I am so thankful to have been blessed to be here at Wood Badge. My testimony has been strengthened. Thank you!"

"Wood Badge changed my outlook on Scouting. I have been converted! Truly converted!! I have felt the spirit many times over these six days and have been taught important principles. Thank you! Not only for me but in behalf of the boys I serve."

Others May See You've Caught the Spirit of Scouting

When you come home from Wood Badge, watch and see whether others notice something different about you.

One Scouter shared his family's impression of him after returning to the second half of his weekend Wood Badge course. He wrote, "I just want to say how much this experience means to me. My life is changed for the better. During the break between weekends, my family noticed something had changed. My 4-year-old daughter asked my wife, "What happened to Daddy?" Even my wife asked how many times I could go to Wood Badge so I could keep improving. Thanks so much!"

Judging by the experience of others, Wood Badge will help you become a better Scout leader. It's also likely that along the way you'll find ways to become a better person. Sign up soon for your Wood Badge experience. Do your best to serve others by improving your leadership skills. If you do, you'll help fulfill Baden-Powell's vision that Scouting can bring about God's Kingdom on earth.

And by going to Wood Badge, that vision can also become yours.

David B. Erickson is a member of the Young Men General Board and a recent Wood Badge course director.

For more information on becoming a Wood Badge participant, please contact the Central Georgia Council at (478) 743-9386.  The upcoming course will be held over two long weekends in March & April of 2015.