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Wood Badge

Wood Badge

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Prerequisites: You must be a registered scouter that is fully trained for your position. 

You must also submit a current BSA medical form.



Wood Badge T2-412-22
Gorham Scout Ranch
April 22-24, 2022, and April 30-May 1, 2022


Have you ever thought to yourself "How can I become a better leader?" or "How can I improve my servant leadership?" These questions can apply to anything in life, including your Scouting position, your profession, your family life. So, what is the answer? Well, look no further. The simple answer to these questions is ...
Wood Badge is high-powered leadership training for adult leaders in all of Scouting's programs - Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouting - as well as Council and District leaders. This includes all assistant leadership roles and committee members.
The course is designed to help you become the best leader you can be: at home, at church, in your community, at work, and, of course, in Scouting. You will gain skills you can use your entire life. We expect the best from our Scouts and they have the right to expect the same from us. Your Scouts need your help NOW to become the leaders of tomorrow. Wood Badge is a great way to ensure that you are ready to show them the way.
The course will be offered April 22-24 and April 30-May 1 at Gorham Scout Ranch. You must attend both weekends.

The Great Southwest Council invites leaders from all Scouting programs to experience exciting, action-packed Wood Badge leadership training.
Wood Badge is designed to provide leadership skills and experience for use in home units, districts, or councils and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

What is Wood Badge?
Reflecting the very best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations throughout the country.
Wood Badge training was begun by Baden Powell in 1919 as a way to ensure that the leaders of Scout troops were properly trained. Since then Wood Badge has been held worldwide, providing advanced leadership training to thousands of Scout leaders.
Wood Badge builds upon the best traditions and experiences of the Boy Scouts of America and also draws from a wide range of courses within and beyond the bounds of Scouting to present the latest in leadership theory and team development.

Who Should Attend?
The simple answer is that it is you who should attend Wood Badge! Wood Badge is designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of all Scouters, particularly unit level Scouters, such as Cub leaders, Scoutmasters and assistants, Venturing Crew Advisors, Committee Chairs and members. Additionally, Scouters serving at the district and council levels can achieve greater effectiveness through Wood Badge. Wood Badge is even more fun when you share the experience with a friend.

Why Attend Wood Badge?

By taking Wood Badge, Scouters will acquire valuable tools such as listening, communicating, conflict management, project planning and leading change. Participants will better learn to understand and appreciate diversity and differences in our society. They will learn skills that will make them a better Scout leader. Units with trained leaders are able to deliver an improved program and a more meaningful experience for the youth Scouting serves.
By attending Wood Badge, the participants will internalize the 5 themes of Wood Badge: Living the Values, Growing, Connecting, Guiding, Empowering.
The ultimate purpose of Wood Badge is to help adult leaders deliver the highest quality Scouting program to young people to help them achieve their highest potential. It models the best techniques for developing leadership and teamwork among both young people and adults.



Course participants should arrive no later than 7 AM on Friday, April 22The first weekend will end at 5:30 PM on April 24.

The second weekend will start at 7 AM on April 30 and end at 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 1. 


Prerequisites to attend Wood Badge:
• Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America age 18 or older.
• Have completed the basic training courses for your Scouting position.
• Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. All participants are required to complete the BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (parts A, B, & C).
• Pay your registration fee in full.

Cost: $250 ($225 for the first 20 registrants who pay in full at time of registration)


Register at this link:

• A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required upon registration. This deposit is credited towards the total course fees.
• Registration fees must be paid in full by March 22.
• Course fees cover all program and training materials, food, facility fees, supplies, and the Wood Badge award presentation kit (awarded upon successful completion of the full training program).

Refund Policy:
• Cancellation requests made prior to March 22 will result in refund of all paid fees minus the original $50 nonrefundable deposit.
• Cancellation requests within 30 days of the course will refund all paid fees minus $150, which includes the $50 deposit.
• All cancellation requests must be made in writing by mail:
Great Southwest Council
Attn: Wood Badge T2-412-22
5841 Office Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109