Wood Badge serves as the basic leadership training program for all branches of Scouting, including the Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Sea Scouting, and Venturing programs. Wood Badge allows an in-depth exploration of leadership skills as well as a supervised implementation of the skills through a multi-part, post-course delivery plan referred to as a “ticket.”
Besides position specific training, Leaders of each Scouting program have other preresiquites before they can take Wood Badge.
- Cub Scout leaders are recommended to have taken BALOO: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation
- Boy Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout Leaders are recommended to have taken IOLS: Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills
- Venturing participants must have completed ILSC: Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews
- Sea Scouts participants must have completed ILSS: Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships
Seabadge is an intensive 3-day course. Course participants and staff function as a model ship to help participants understand how a ship or youth-led unit should function. The curriculum includes twenty sessions, with established objectives, that are presented in a motivating and informative forum. After the course, participants have 18 months to complete their Praxis, (previously known as the Rutter) similar to the Wood Badge Ticket.
The objectives of Seabadge are to:
- Improve the understanding of leadership, management, and motivational skills among adult leaders.
- Provide management, leadership, and presentation skills and tools to adult leaders so that they may use and share them with others in their day-to-day Scout activities.
- Use the skills and tools acquired at Seabadge to improve the quality of their Scouting program.
- Encourage the development of lifelong contacts and sharing of resources by and between course participants and staff.
- Is a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Has completed the basic training courses for their Specific Scouting position(s) and Leader Specific: Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training.
To find your next local Wood Badge course, check the website if your council and/or that of surrounding councils. For the next regional Seabadge check https://seascout.org/adult-training/seabadge/