Wood Badge 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.

Basic Leader Training

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:

  • 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:

    • 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 Leader Skills Training

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

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