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Wood Badge for the 21st Century

Experience and learn proven leadership training that is applicable in Scouting, business, and everyday life!  Develop skills to help strengthen and propel yourself and your Scouting unit.  Build life-long bonds with other adult Scouters. Benefit from a high-performance team with some of the top volunteer staff from Western Colorado Council and understand why many Wood Badge graduates describe the course as their "best Scouting experience" and consider this the premier training any Scout leader can receive.


Spend a part of the week in cabins at SOAR and the last part of the week in your own tents with three to four dozen adult Cub/Boy/Venturing scout leader participants of all ages and experience from throughout all Districts and the Council.


Some motivated youth earn their Arrow-of-Light and/or earn the rank of Eagle - Motivated adults can commit to taking and completing Wood Badge.


Course Summary


Theme: It’s All In The Family! 


This year we are fortunate to offer the Wood Badge course for adult leaders in conjunction with the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course at the same location! 


Sign up for Wood Badge and bring your youth leaders to give your unit a leadership training boost like it has never seen before!


Course ID:   W2-64-18

Dates: July 23-28, 2018

Location: SOAR Camp - Steve Fossett Spirit of Adventure Ranch (SOAR), 7177 Colorado River Road, Gypsum, CO 81637

Cost: $225 (paid in full by June 20, 2018)


Register and pay online, or print the course flyer and deliver to the Council office with the payment of your choice.


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If you have special health needs, please print this form, fill it out, then scan or take a picture of it and send to the course Quartermaster via text or email so we can make provisions accordingly (contact info below). 


More details below.




On Monday, September 8, 1919, twenty men clad in shorts and knee socks gathered around a flagpole at Gilwell Field near London. Organized into Patrols, these men launched the precursor for what eventually has become Wood Badge. 


The Boy Scouts of America conducted its first official Wood Badge course in the United States in 1948. Since that time, training professionals and volunteers have updated the Wood Badge syllabus to provide the best methods to adult Scouters for teaching leadership and program delivery. 


One percent of the volunteer adult leadership in Scouting earn their Wood Badge beads each year.



  •  Must be a registered BSA adult leader.
  • Must have completed Basic Leader Training for your registered Scouting position.
  • Must not have taken Wood Badge since 2002.
  • Must be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment.
  • Must have completed a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record form Parts A, B, and C within one year preceding the course.
  • Must complete all six days of training.
  • Must complete a Ticket of your five selected goals within 18 months of course completion.




  • View Scouting as a family of interrelated values based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth. 
  • Recognize the contemporary leadership concepts used in corporate America and in leading government organizations.
  • Apply the skills you learn from participation as a member of a successful working team.





  • Living the Values
    • Values, mission, and vision
    • Aims and methods of Scouting
  • Bringing the Vision to Life
    • Listening to learn
    • Communicating
    • Giving and receiving feedback
    • Valuing people and leveraging diversity
    • Coaching and mentoring
  • Models for Success
    • Team development model
    • Situational Leadership
  • Tools of the Trade
    • Project planning and problem solving
    • Managing conflict
    • Assessing team performance
    • Managing change
    • Celebrating team success
  • Leading to Make a Difference
    • Leaving a legacy
    • Servant Leadership
    • Greatest leadership secret



The purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting in our Units, our Districts, and our Council. During the course each participant will develop and commit to complete his/her own Wood Badge “ticket,” consisting of five selected personal goals related to the participant’s Scouting position. These goals will significantly strengthen the program in which the participant is involved.


The Ticket gives each participant an opportunity to practice and demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership skills presented during the course. Each participant must complete his/her Wood Badge Ticket no later than 18 months after the course.




During Wood Badge, a model Boy Scout Troop will serve as a laboratory for training purposes; this Troop simulation provides a good framework for practicing leadership skills introduced in the course.


Both Wood Badge and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) occur the same week at the camp. Arrive and depart together with your unit’s youth leaders or your own Scouts or Venturers.


The course begins Monday, July 23 at 8 a.m. and ends Saturday afternoon, July 28.  For those who will be arriving with their youth for NYLT on Sunday, accommodations will be available but you must provide your own meals until Monday lunch.


Registration is limited to the first 48 paid-in-full participants; the course is subject to cancellation unless at least thirty participants have paid-in-full by June 20, 2018.





Upon completion of the Wood Badge Ticket, as certified by a Ticket Counselor and the Scout Executive, a public ceremony will be held to present the participant with the Wood Badge certificate, neckerchief, woggle, and beads.






Paid-in-full registration $225 required by registration deadline, June 20, 2018.


Submit at least a $50 non-refundable deposit with your application to the Council.  Refunds for cancellation not available after registration deadline.


Cost includes training materials and meals.


Partial scholarships may be available.  Check with your units for funding assistance as well, if desired.


Register and pay online! Or, print the course flyer, fill it out and bring to the council office with your payment. 


Make checks payable to “Boy Scouts of America” and add a note indicating it is for Wood Badge 2018; mail to: Western Colorado Council, Boy Scouts of America, 839 Grand Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501



For Additional Information:


Lyn Bair

Course Director

(970) 379-0099


Sandy Elkins

Council Coordinator

(970) 243-0346 x3


Travis Kulbeth


(210) 232-0351