For the first time ever, Philmont offers Wood Badge in Spanish

Todos los Scouts se merece un líder entrenado.

In other words, “Every Scout deserves a trained leader.”

The statement is true in any language, and now, Scout leaders who are more comfortable speaking Spanish can take the highest level of adult leader training, Wood Badge, at a first-of-its-kind national Spanish-language Wood Badge course taught at the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, N.M.

The course, held in conjunction with the Asociación de Scouts de México, takes place July 29 to Aug. 4, 2012. Read on for all the details.

Like all Wood Badge courses, participants at Spanish Wood Badge will learn new leadership skills and how to apply them to their pack, troop, team, or crew; leave with a better understanding of Scouting’s values; and revitalize their commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience.

After their week at Philmont, participants will complete “ticket” items meant to better themselves, their Scout unit, and their community.

Spanish Wood Badge

WHERE: Philmont Training Center in Cimarron, N.M.

WHEN: July 29 to Aug. 4, 2012

HOW MUCH: $400, which includes everything but transportation to Philmont

LEARN MORE: At the official site or by contacting Oscar Santoyo in the Program Impact Department at 972-580-2488 or via email.

REGISTER: Visit the English registration page or the Spanish registration page

OFFICIAL FLYER: Click here to download (PDF).


A Spanish Wood Badge course at Philmont is new, but the BSA has offered adult-leader training in Spanish for a while now.

This page collects all of these Spanish-language training resources.

Clarification: A previous version of this post indicated this was the first Spanish-language Wood Badge course in history, but I have since learned (from Mike W. and others) that the Puerto Rico Council and other local councils have offered a Spanish-language course for some time. I’ve changed the post to indicate this is the first one held at Philmont. 

Photo by Flickr user Hyougushi.

13 thoughts on “For the first time ever, Philmont offers Wood Badge in Spanish

  1. I’m pretty sure this is _not_ correct. There was at least one Spanish language WB Course in NYC in the 1970’s. Andrew Rivera was the course director.

  2. Bryan: You’re forgetting about the Wood Badge for the 21st Century courses being conducted by the Pureto Rico Council; they have been offering courses in 100 percent Spainish for some time, at least two or three courses since we’re converted to the new Wood Badge format.

    This, however, would be the FIRST SPAINISH WOOD BADGE COURSE offered at Philmont’s Volunteer Training Center.

  3. The Trapper Trails Council has held three Spanish language courses starting in 2008, and there is a council in the Southern Region that will host one this summer.

  4. Excited to see WB21 in Spanish being offered at Philmont. We started offering WB21 in Spanish in the Great Salt Lake Council at least five years ago. Not so important as to who is first, just glad it is happening more and more! It was quite a challenge to convert the syllabus to Spanish but the good Scouters of the GSLC got it done!

  5. Next on the list would be Wood Badge in ASL… *laughing
    Heard Alamaba already has several ASLers on their Wood Badge and Order of the Arrow staff. too bad I’m in New York… *grins

  6. Unless Woodbadge is taught in every language on this earth, this course should only be taught in english. Discrimination against the hispanics? Not at all. The French, Japanese, Chinese and every other nationality has the right to be represented. This is just another way for illegals to make an inroad into the American society. Ask yourself this, Is it better for individuals to learn one language or all to learn all? La Rasa may say to learn spanish since they are ” THE Race”. This is the type of thing scouting should be protected against. Scouting Is for all who pledge to keep The Law, Motto, Oath and Slogan. If anyone wishes to take Woodbadge in spanish then go to Mexico or any other spanish speaking country. Texas shouldn’t dilute our country for the sake of Political Correctness.

  7. Mike: This isn’t about “political correctness” but rather “complete understanding of the program”. I took Wood Badge in Germany before the Wall fell. The course was taught in German but because I spoke and understood German, I was able to take the course. Things get lost in translation when someone has to explain something in other words than the ones they are accustomed to. Yeah, okay. So we all are Americans and English is the *preferred language* (note that I didn’t say “official language”.) We owe it to the communities we serve to provide Scouting — which includes training for our key volunteers — in a method and style they can not only feel a bit more comfortable in but also in which they will be able to fully understand the concepts and techniques being taught.

    If it wasn’t for the fact that my summer schedule is already filled, including an appearance at Philmont VTC this summer, I’d sign up and in the meantime brush up on my Spainish so I would “let down” my fellow patrol members during the course.

    • Those comments are fine if you do not care where America is heading. The course was taught in German because German is the language of GERMANY. The only reason English is not the Official Language of America is due to liberals that ebb to and fro whichever way the wind or waves blow. They feel that everyone is equal in every way and that simply is not true. Case in point is that I am discriminated against because I can not speak spanish. Here in America I am excluded from a leadership program so vital to enhancing an individuals abilities all because I do not speak a particular language. Although there are other WB Courses available does not make this practice acceptable. I am being deliberately limited in my choices. You may feel this is ok, as does Texas, but i have to wonder what else you limit others to do because of race, creed or color. Perhaps I could learn enough spanish to order all the “all I can eat pizza” for free in Dallas, Texas while those who do not know spanish have to pay full price. OOPS! There is Texas again. Quite the puzzle. Yours In Scouting.

  8. I took the training in Philmont and in reality it was taught in Spanglish. This course was marketed in Spanish because the US leaders invited other Scout adult leaders from Latin America . There where if I remember correctly 4 different Latin American adult leaders that got to enjoy the beauty of Philmont and over 10 nationalities represented including two “gringos” that by themselves represented four different European ethnicities. Look around you we live in a global society and Scouts are in every corner of the world. As I was leaving Philmont they were hosting the first ever Korean Woodbagde. At the training they provide both English and Spanish interpreters for those participants that didn’t speak the language that was being used for that day. If you are true to scouting you are not only trustworthy, FRIENDLY, COURTEOUS, KIND, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave and REVERENT. Regardless of race or language of the people you interact with. And think about this English is the third most spoken language in the world behind Spanish and Chinese. If you subtract out people who speak English as a SECOND language it drops even further. So if you are worried about where America is going younshouldnworry more about where it’s not going in comparison to the rest of the world.

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