Wood Badge is an internationally recognized Volunteer development program focusing on the knowledge and skills needed to implement the Scouting program. These competencies include youth-program facilitation, outdoor skills, Scouter support, risk management and safety.
The “Wood Badge” refers to the recognition that Scouters receive when they complete the Wood Badge program. There are variations of the Wood Badge program; Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path, Wood Badge for Group Committee, Wood Badge for Group Commissioners and Wood Badge ll. The Wood Badge you complete is dependent on your specific Volunteer role.
Wood Badge focuses on helping Scouters acquire basic program facilitation knowledge and is typically completed in the form of eLearning.
The type of Wood Badge you acquire is dependent on your Volunteer role. See below for a description of each role. Once you've chosen a role, see the next question, 'What Wood Badge do I take for my Scouting Role?'
Scouting Fundamentals is an eLearning program completed by individuals applying to become a Scouter as part of our Volunteer membership requirements. Scouting Fundamentals is a prerequisite for Wood Badge I.
Wood Badge I is more developmental in focus and should be started after a new Scouter is invested. Scouters are required to complete the appropriate Wood Badge I program by the end of their first Scouting year in a role (August 31st) and is designed to be completed over several weeks.
Section Scouters are Volunteers who work directly with youth. This includes Volunteers who work with Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts. Camp Counselors are also considered Section Scouters for the purpose of Wood Badge I. Section Scouters should complete Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path.
Group Committee Scouters are Volunteers who fill administrative roles within a Group Committee such as registration, finance or fundraising. Group Committee Scouters and other Volunteers with the word "Committee" in their title should complete Wood Badge l for Group Committee.
Group Commissioners are the Volunteer managers and principal point of contact for Scout Groups. They are accountable for executing Scouts Canada's 5 Priorities for Success at the Group level. Group Commissioners and other Volunteers with "Commissioner" in their title should complete Wood Badge I for Group Commissioners.
Support Scouters are Volunteers who provide coaching, mentoring, training and other forms of support to Scouters. Support Scouters should choose the Wood Badge I program that best matches the type of Volunteers that they support. If you are a Support Scouter, speak with your supervising Commissioner about which Wood Badge program is right for your role.
Below is a chart which shows Session names, eLearning ID codes and approximate duration for each Wood Badge I program.
|Session Name||Session ID||Duration||Section Scouter||Group Committee||Group Commissioner|
|How to Faciltate the SPICES||6513||20||X|
|How to Incorporate Spirituality||6533||20||X|
|How to Facilitate Adventure||6532||20||X|
|How to Facilitate a Balanced Program||6528||25||X|
|How to Facilitate Outdoor Adventure Skills||6512||20||X|
|How to Facilitate a Meeting||6535||15||X|
|How to Incorporate Badges||6522||20||X|
|How to Take Youth Camping||6514||20||X|
|How to use the Patrol System||6526||30||X|
|What is STEM?||6527||20||X|
|How to Engage Parents||6530||10||X||X|
|How to Fund the Program||6529||20||X||X|
|How to Work with the Section Leadership Teams||6531||20||X||X|
|How to Plan for Youth-led||6506||20||X||X|
|How to Use the Program Quality Guide||6511||20||X||X|
|Role & Accountability of Group Commissioner in Committee||6088||10||X||X|
|Support Systems for the Group||6090||15||X||X|
|Volunteer Support Strategy||6091||30||X||X|
|Problem Solving, Decision Making and Conflict Resolution||6100||10||X||X|
|The Planning Cycle||6098||25||X|
|Volunteer Screening: It's our Duty||6086||25||X|
|Conducting Crucial Conversations||6428||45||X|
|Group Management (coming soon)||6595||TBD||X|
|How to Facilitate Scouter Development||6593||25||X|
- Login to your MyScouts.ca account
- Click on TRAINING from the top navigation menu.
- On the left-side menu, click on David Huestis Learning Centre e-Learning Login
This will bring you to ‘My Learning Gateway’ in the David Huestis Learning Centre.
- You can access all 7 sessions of Scouting Fundamentals under Volunteer Ready.
- To launch a session, click LAUNCH. A new browser tab will open.
- You will now review the Learning Objectives of the individual session, click LAUNCH. This will open a new course window.
Once you have completed Scouting Fundamentals, it is time to complete your Wood Badge I.
The remaining of your required training is based on your primary role with Scouts Canada.
To access your Wood Badge I eLearning sessions:
- Once you are in the David Huestis Learning Center, click on Course Catalogue from the top navigation menu.
- Using the Subject drop-down filter, select Scouts Canada Training.
- The Topic drop-down filter will now show training specific to your role. Select the Wood Badge I for your role.
- Using the Language drop-down filter, select English or French.
- Click Search.
- Scroll down to the search results.
- Click Request Package. Click OK to continue requesting package.
- To return to My Learning Gateway, click on My Learning.
- You will find your sessions under Requested Modules.
Please note: You can view the sessions you have successfully completed under the 'My Completed Learning tab`,that can be accessed from the top navigation menu in the David Huestis Learning Centre.
Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path is applicable to all Sections; Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers. Section Scouters who have completed Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path are able to move from Volunteering with one Section freely without being guided to pursue continued eLearning.
If a Section Scouter who is seeking to change the Section they Volunteer for has completed a Section specific Wood Badge (e.g. Wood Badge l Pack), and would like to change the Section they Volunteer with (e.g. Pack to Troop), to prepare for the change, the eLearning that aids Scouter Development is Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path.
Completed packages of eLearning are updated in MyScouts under the 'My Training' tab. Package of eLearning; e.g. Scouting Fundamentals, Respect in Sport etc...
Each Session individually records as completed in the David Huestis Learning Centre (DHLC).
Step 1: Once logged into MyScouts access 'Training' and this brings you to the DHLC.
Step 2: Select 'DAVID HUESTIS LEARNING CENTRE E-LEARNING LOGIN'
Step 3: Select 'My Completed Learning' from the 'My Learning Gateway' page.
Step 4: See each of your completed eLearning Sessions listed individually.
Completed eLearning is updated in MyScouts when an entire package has been completed, (package of eLearning; e.g. Scouting Fundamentals, Respect in Sport etc...) it will appear immediately following completion. A page refresh is required.
Individual sessions that are recorded as completed in the David Huestis Learning Centre (DHLC). These sessions also appear immediately once it has been completed. Once again a page refresh is required.
* On occasion, you may be required to sign out and sign back in to see the changes, this is something that has been experienced however is rare. Please try this method if you are experiencing your eLearning not appearing after being completed. If it does not work please contact the Help Centre.
Wood Badge II focuses on the practical application of the concepts learned in Wood Badge I. It introduces basic outdoor and Volunteer-support skills.
Yes! Upon completion of 'Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path' a Scouter receives their 'Woggle'.
Still need help? Please feel free to contact the Scouts Canada Help Centre: