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How to be on Staff for Wood Badge

Would you like to be on staff for a Wood Badge course and earn a third bead? If so, here is some information for you. (By the way: staff members play different roles on course, but everyone on staff is an Assistant Course Director, except the Course Director.) Wood Badge staff are volunteers and professionals who donate their time and energy (and money) to help bring Wood Badge to us.

Why Be On Staff?

The Wood Badge course staff members contribute to the growth of each participant, the strength of all the participants’ units, and the improvement of all those units’ communities. You make a big difference in the lives of many people, even though many of them never know you exist.

Staff members also benefit directly. You grow in leadership and in understanding of Scouting. You make new friends even of people you already know — serving together on Wood Badge creates a deep bond, plus you meet course participants. Moreover, the Wood Badge program is very rich, so every time you staff, you learn more of what it offers.


Staff on a Wood Badge course are among the finest Scouters we have. They understand the program. They set a good example. They are among our best trainers. They are cheerful and they help each other. They must be models of Scouting character and leadership. They must be good presenters.

To serve on a Wood Badge staff a Scout must,

Councils are strengthened when their volunteers serve as Wood Badge staff. The leadership and team-building skills they perfect at Wood Badge will be utilized in many areas of Scouting. The more individuals in a council who have Wood Badge experience, the stronger the council will become.

What Is Expected of Staff

Staffing Wood Badge is a major commitment. It takes a lot of time and heart. Every single staffer is expected to do all these things, enthusiastically and at his or her best:

How Are Course Directors Chosen?

Our council (Northeast Illinois Council) selection committee includes both volunteers (Council Training Chair, Wood Badge Coordinator) and professionals (course staff advisor). The committee follows a prescribed set of criteria established by the National Council for selecting a course director. Then the recommendations are forwarded for approval. The approval process is in two parts. The first approval is from our Council Training Chair and our council Scout Executive. Then the Area 7 and National offices of Boy Scouts of America must approve the course director.


If you have questions, email cwbc@neic-woodbadge.org


How to Be On Staff
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