Registration now open for National Wood Badge Course at the Summit

by | Nov 13, 2021

Registration now open for National Wood Badge Course at the Summit

With so much going on in our lives, taking a week to focus on becoming a better Scout leader may seem like a luxury.  But the blessings that flow from this investment of time are treasured by all who have gone through the Wood Badge advanced leadership training program.

Participants are inspired by the opportunity to see the program from a youth’s eyes, benefit by meeting other leaders who can serve as a source of knowledge and support, learn team leadership and coaching skills that improve their ability to effectively serve youth, and refine their vision of Scouting service through their “ticket”: 5 individualized goals that each participant commits to completing.

It is the “ticket” that provides the greatest blessing: the opportunity to reflect on your role in Scouting, identify the greatest needs that you see, and thoughtfully apply your skills and course learnings to meet those needs.

Each council offers Wood Badge, and, from January 17-21, there is a National Model Linked Troop Wood Badge course at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.  This course is one week (not two weekends), starts on Monday morning (most participants will arrive Sunday afternoon), is conducted mostly indoors (sleeping in the Pigott Bunkhouse), and features two linked troops: one female, one male.

All volunteers are encouraged to take Wood Badge, and if a week-long, indoor course with participants from around the country is of interest, please visit the course website ( or the Bryan on Scouting blog post ( to learn more.

– Trevor Bender