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Happiness doesn't come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man.

My belief is that we were put into this world of wonders and beauty with a special ability to appreciate them, in some cases to have the fun of taking a hand in developing them, and also in being able to help other people instead of overreaching them and, through it all, to enjoy life - that is, to be happy.

A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.

The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country.

The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.

One of the first duties of a Scout is obedience to authority. He must obey his orders in the first place and put his own amusement or desires in the second.

Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best.

Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.

The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.

The method of instruction in Scouting is that of creating in the boy the desire to learn for himself.

No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.

There are thousands of boys being wasted daily to our country through being left to become characterless, and, therefore, useless wasters, a misery to themselves and an eyesore and a danger to the nation. They could be saved if only the right surroundings or environment were given to them at the receptive time of their lives.

We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.

Success in training the boy depends largely on the Scoutmaster's own personal example.

An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.

A boy carries out suggestions more wholeheartly when he understands their aim.

What is Wood Badge?

The ultimate leadership training program for BSA adult leaders. Established in 1919 by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting Movement, Wood Badge has been the training ground for hundreds of thousands of Scouters around the world. WB brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting — from Cub Scouting to Venturing and all levels of BSA professional staff. The course draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.

Why should I go to WB?

Units with a wealth of highly trained leaders are able to deliver a better program and a better experience for our youth. Experience shows that the youth in units with Wood Badge trained leaders will stay in Scouting longer, accomplish more, and have more fun. The skills that you will learn at Wood Badge will not only make your job as a Scout leader easier, but they will also make you a better leader in all facets of your life. The best part of your Wood Badge experience is exposure to a staff with decades of Scouting knowledge that will guide you through the entire Scouting program from Cubs to Venturing. It costs less than one night at that resort hotel with the motivational speaker.

More Information

Below are links to more information that will help you prepare to attend WB, or make the decision to attend: