Nevada Area Council - Wood Badge
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To develop skilled leaders who can strengthen all Scouting units in Nevada Area Council in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, this si...

"There is no teaching to compare with example."

~ Sir Robert Baden-Powell

Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations throughout the country. Wood Badge training was begun by Baden Powell in 1919 as a way to insure that the leaders of Scout troops were properly trained. Since then, Wood Badge has been held worldwide, providing advanced leadership training to thousands of Scout leaders. Wood Badge builds upon the best traditions and experiences of the Boy Scouts of America and also draws from a wide range of courses within and beyond the bounds of Scouting to present the latest in leadership theory and team development.

The founder of Scouting, Baden-Powell, once said in 1919: "One of the purposes of Wood Badge training is to get Scouters to think about the practice of Scouting, to meet together, to exchange experiences, and to live together in the spirit of the Scout Oath."

By taking Wood Badge, Scouters will acquire valuable tools such as listening, communicating, conflict management, project planning and leading change. Participants will better learn to understand and appreciate diversity and differences in our society. They will learn skills that will make them a better Scout leader. Units with trained leaders are able to deliver an improved program and a more meaningful experience for the youth Scouting serves. By attending Wood Badge, the participants will internalize the 5 themes of Wood Badge: Living the Values, Growing, Connecting, Guiding, Empowering.

Wood Badge is a modern format of training that delivers the latest in 14 leadership competencies that will help you be the best leader possible. Wood Badge is also more than just mechanical course work. Wood Badge is the embodiment of Scouting spirit!


Exciting opportunity for training in 2023:

Experience Wood Badge in beautiful Paradise Valley, Nevada.

Travel north of Winnemucca to take a step back in time when you visit this living "Ghost Town" where you will learn modern leadership skills in a picturesque Old West setting. 


May 5-7 and July 15-16, 2023

Arrival will be the evening prior to each weekend to ensure the course can start bright and early each morning.

Paradise Valley:   Only in Your State     Nevada's Cowboy Country

Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course open only to Scouting volunteers and professionals. Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong here.

Why do you want to go?

You want to participate in a Wood Badge course because of things you will learn and do. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Stronger units. You will make your Scouting unit stronger.
  • What and why of Scouting. You will have a deeper understanding of what Scouting is and why we do it.
  • Experience. You will learn and experience things that will stay with you in Scouting and for the rest of your life.
  • Fun. You will have fun, and you will meet interesting people.
  • Other groups. You will make your other groups - like work, church, even family - stronger.

Here’s another summary of why to go. This was originally aimed particularly at Scouters in the Cub Scout program, but it applies equally to all of us.

CUB SCOUT LEADERS! How would you like to attend a training that takes you far beyond your Basic Leader Training? Would you like to build your skills in communication, conflict management and teaching methods? How about a leadership course that rivals many corporate level trainings?

Wood Badge is here for you. This is not a Troop leader training but is designed for Cub, Scout, and Venturing leaders. This course will help you better understand how all the Scouting programs tie together. It will provide you with many useful leadership tools to help enable our youth to have the best possible Scouting experience. There is no better time to attend a Wood Badge course and make a difference in your unit than when you are a Cub Scout Leader.

More information

For more information, contact Kathi Colbert, Nevada Area Council VP of Training ( or 775-934-4139) or Matt McCarty, Wood Badge Course Director ( or 775-934-2892).


Click HERE to register.