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Basic Leader Training Prerequisites

One of the requirements for taking Wood Badge is to complete the basic training requirements for your primary position prior to attending. BSA Basic Training was completely revamped in 2001, read below to see which basic training requirements apply to you.

  • If you took basic training before September, 2001, and have not changed positions since that time, you are qualified for Wood Badge. These courses fulfill the basic training requirements:
    Program/Position Training Course
    Cub Scouters Cub Scout Basic Training
    Boy Scouters Scoutmaster Fundamentals
    Varsity Scouters Varsity Basic Training or Scoutmaster Fundamentals
    Venturing Scouters Venturing Basic Training
    District or Council Committee District Committee Training Workshop
    Unit or District Commissioners Commissioner Basic Training
  • If you took basic training after September, 2001, or have changed positions after that time, you must take New Leader Essentials plus the Leader Specific Training for your position. Assistant leaders take the same course as the leader. These are the required courses:
    Program/Position Training Course
    Tiger Cub Den Leader Tiger Cub Leader Specific Training
    Wolf/Bear Den Leader Den Leader Specific Training
    Webelos Den Leader Webelos Leader Specific Training
    Pack Committee Chair or Member Pack Committee Leader Specific Training
    Cubmaster Cubmaster Leader Specific Training
    Scoutmaster Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training
    Troop Committee Chair or Member Troop Committee Challenge
    Varsity Coach Varsity Leader Specific Training
    Venturing Advisor Venturing Leader Specific Training
    District or Council Committee District Committee Training Workshop
    Unit or District Commissioners Commissioner Basic Training

Outdoor Skills Training

If you are a Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach or Assistant Varsity Coach you must also complete the following training.

  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

All participants are encouraged to complete the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training before attending Wood Badge, but it is not required.

If you have not taken the basic leader training required for your position you can become trained at one of the many training opportunities being offered by the Council and District training staff.

If you have any questions about Wood Badge feel free to contact Course Director, Meg Struttman, or contact the Council Service Center