Each Scouter who participates in Wood Badge Training must be a registered adult leader or Venture Scout at least 18 years of age. In addition, the following training must be completed prior to the course. Because of the advanced nature of Wood Badge training, these requirements may not be waived.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is also required for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches, Assistant Varsity Coaches and Venturing leaders who have crews with outdoor programs. Cub Leaders may want to attend BALOO or another cub level outdoor training before the course, but it is not required.
The goal is that all Wood Badge participants will have attended enough training to qualify for the Trained Leader patch prior to attending Wood Badge training.