Wood Badge Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend all 5 days?

          Yes, participation for the complete duration of the course is required in order to complete the in-person training portion of Wood Badge.

What is included in the $280 fee?

          The registration fee includes all meal, snacks, resources, supplies, course t-shirt and hat.  Once you have completed the training and your ticket, you will receive your Wood Badge beads, neckerchief, slide, and completion certificate. 
          There is an early bird discounted rate of $265 if paid in full by June 1, 2020

Are there scholarships available?

          Often times Packs, Troops or Crews will cover part or all of the cost of the training- check with your unit’s committee to see if this is an option.  Your unit’s Chartered Organization may provide financial assistance as well.  Some employers and civic groups have scholarships available for their employees or members to take Leadership Development training and Wood Badge is often recognized to be a part of that category.  An informational flyer that you can use to share with your employer, unit committee, chartered organization or civic group can be found by clicking here (ß that will have link to the info sheet we prepared earlier)

How hard is the ticket?

          The Ticket is the project that you complete within 18 months of the second weekend of the course.  It is designed to include 5 smaller facets of an overall vision you have to improve Scouting through your role(s).  With the help of Troop Guides and other staff members, you will have the opportunity to write your ticket.  It is something that should be a little outside of your normal Scouting role, but not an overwhelming challenge. Please do not stress over your ticket- we promise it will be a manageable element of your Wood Badge experience!

What are the prerequisites?

In order to take Wood Badge training, you must:
1. Be at least 18 years of age at the start of the first weekend
2. Be a registered member of the BSA
3. Have current Youth Protection Training
4.  Be considered “Trained” for your registered position.  What is considered “Trained” for your position?  Training requirements for each position can be found here:  https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Position-Trained-Requirements-as-of-August-3-2020.pdf 

Training sessions may have been completed online or in-person.  If you need assistance accessing any of these courses, please send an email to WoodBadgeN451221@gmail.com and a member of our volunteer course staff will be happy to assist you!.

If you are not sure of your training status, please send us an email at WoodBadgeN451221@gmail.com and a member of our volunteer course staff will be happy to assist you!

Will masks be required?  What about social distancing?

          All CDC and local guidelines will be in place and enforced during the course.  If those guidelines at the time of the course require or encourage the use of masks and social distancing, then they will be required.  Hand sanitizer and access to handwashing stations will be provided.  Registered participants will receive updated information regarding masks and social distancing closer to the course.

If your question has not been answered here, please contact Keith Kifer, Course Director at kifer1954@gmail.com or 724-454-1272