Many of the Scouters who participate in the Wood Badge program consider their course to be a life changing experience, no only in their Scouting life, but in their life in total. One of the main foci of the Wood Badge for the 21st Century course is team building, and each participant "lives" the team-forging and building experience as they progress through their Wood Badge Course.
As part of the six day course each participant has the opportunity to serve as a Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, and Scribe. The course is delivered as a six day continuous course; or as two non-successive weekends.
After the initial Instructional phase of the Course, each participant works to complete their "Ticket" - a unique five facet "project" that they conceive and develop on their own, which is driven by their role in Scouting. Each Course participant has 18 months to complete their "Ticket" in order to receive their full Wood Badge Regalia.
The coveted Wood Badge Regalia is the only internationally recognized Scouting insignia which consists of a dove tan neckerchief, a leather woggle, and two small wooden beads on a single black leather thong from which the Course gains it's name - Wood Badge.
Below are a series of links to sources of information on the Wood Badge Program. It is the goal of the Boy Scouts of America to have every volunteer Leader attend a Wood Badge Course once they have completed all initial Leader Training for their position, and have gained at least two years of experience as a Scouting Leader.