Wood Badge

Wood badge

Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course. Scouting’s founder, Baden-Powell, designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. It is first and foremost, learning by doing. The members of the course are formed into patrols and these into a troop.  The entire troop lives in the outdoors, camping, cooking their own meals, and practicing Scout skills.

This five-day, multi-faceted interactive presentation of leadership concepts is relevant not only to our values-based Scouting movement, but also widely employed by corporate America and leading government organizations.  It is a truly moving experience for all who participate.

Upcoming Wood Badge Courses


Fall 2021 at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center

September 10-12, 2021 and September 25-26, 2021

(Must attend both sessions to complete course) 

Cost $325.

2021 Course Director: Brian Ouellette 

For more information on this course, please visit woodbadge.ocbsa.org.

For further information contact: Julie Anderson, Canyons District Director (714)546-8558 ext. 103.



Wood Badge Course

Are you a Wood Badge Course Director in 2022?

As Scout Leaders we have been blessed with opportunities to mentor our youth; to watch our young men and women learn, develop and become leaders themselves.  As a Wood Badge Staff member we have had the opportunity to transfer our knowledge and training to other adult leaders

To those who truly believe in the Wood Badge “magic” there comes a time to impact the lives of  more than a handful of adult leaders.  There comes a time when we must seek the opportunity reach beyond those we can reach in a staff member capacity.

The Orange County Council is looking for those with the knowledge and passion to be a Wood Badge Course Director. You have an opportunity to change lives. You can leave a legacy, but none of that will happen unless you take action. If you meet requirements listed below please contact Julie Anderson at juliea@ocbsa.org to schedule an interview.  What will your legacy be? It’s your move.  We will be conducting interviews 2020 Course Director in April. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Must have completed the current version of Wood Badge either as a participant or a staff member and received the Wood Badge beads.
  • Must have served on the staff of a Wood Badge course as a troop guide as well as in at least one additional required Wood Badge staff position or in an adult NYLT staff position.

Wood Badge Instructor

Rich Galpin
OCBSA Council Wood Badge Coordinator
Western Region Area 4 Training Committee