The Wood Badge Experience

Welcome to the Wood Badge Compass.  This site is dedicated to promoting the Wood Badge experience for the scouters in and near Bay Area Council. Wood Badge is considered to be the top training available for adult leaders in all areas of Scouting and has its roots in the first training of adult leaders by Baden-Powell in Gilwell Park in England.

In 1911, Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scouting’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters. He made great strides in the years that followed, culminating in 1919 with the establishment of Wood Badge training. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all parts of the world.

A Scouter participating in Wood Badge has the opportunity to:

  • Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth.
  • Recognize contemporary leadership concepts and discover how they are relevant to the Scouting movement.
  • Apply the skills learned as a member of a successful working team.
  • Revitalize their commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience that provides Scouting with renewed leadership.

Many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be a peak experience of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands of scouters across the globe.

Registration is now closed for the next course, S3-574-15-1, that will be held March 6-8, 2015 and March 27-29, 2015.  If you are one of the participants for this course, get ready to be immersed in the scouting experience. The course director, Dave Barker, and the staff are hard at work pulling together an outstanding course for you. If not, the next course will likely be in 2017, so start looking for registration information in 2016.