Wood Badge N2-404-17 - Discover the Leader in You!

Take part in Scouting’s most advanced training course, focusing on Leadership and Team Development. Inspired by Lord Baden- Powell of Gilwell, Wood Badge has provided the ultimate training for hundreds of thousands of leaders around the world.

Who should attend Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is intended for all leadership positions, both volunteer and professional, across all of Scouting’s programs:

  • Cub Scout
  • Boy Scout
  • Venturing
  • Varsity

What are the Learning Objectives?

  • To recognize today’s leadership concepts used across corporate America and leading organizations that are relevant to our values-based movement.
  • To apply the skills you learn from your participation as a member of a successful working team.
  • To revitalize your commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experi- ence that will last for a lifetime.
  • To experience Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth.

Where does the Course take place?

The first weekend will be at Baiting Hollow Scout Reservation, Calverton, NY. Classroom sessions and meals take place in and around the dining hall. The second weekend will be at Schiff Scout Reservation, Wading River, NY and will be an in-camp, outpost experience practicing basic patrol camping.

What does the Course cost?

The course fee is $240.00 and must be paid in full by 8/18/17. All food, instructional materials and recognitions are included. A $50.00 deposit reserves your place on Gilwell Field. The course is limited to 48 participants, so don’t de- lay. Cancellations will be transferred to reserve a position in next year’s course. Refunds will be issued upon request.

What if the Course fee is an issue?

The Carl Gullans/Bill Somerville Scholarship fund was initiated in 2011. These funds will be used to assist scouters with financial challenges to participate in a Wood Badge Course. If assistance is needed or you are interested in making a donation, please contact Bob Koch at bobbsa@optonline.net.

What is Required to Participate?

Be registered as an adult leader in the BSA Complete the training course specific for your scouting position
Provide the Annual Health and Medical Record form valid through October 2016
Bring to the course an eagerness to learn ... and a willingness to have a lot of fun.

How Will I Benefit?

Make a positive difference in the quality of your Scouting program and the impact that Scouting will have on the lives of its members. Be better prepared to give our youth the opportunity to live Scouting’s values and to be- come better citizens!

Understand the latest Leadership and Team Development skills. Learn how to use these skills to become a High Performance Team and for the development and motivation of other team members.

Wood Badge Course themes are:

  • Living the Values
  • Bringing the Vision to Life Models for Success
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Leading to Make a Difference

Understand how your Values relate to attitudes in your life. Establish a Vision to improve yourself and your Scouts. Build Mission goals to help you attain that Vision.

Become the leader who will make a positive difference in your pack, troop, crew, team, district, or council ... and in your own life.

Set a good example for those around you with an upbeat outlook by promoting fun and enjoyment in your program.

Course Breakdown:


September 15-17, 2017
Baiting Hollow Scout Reservation
Calverton, NY

October 7-9, 2017
Schiff Scout Reservation
Wading River, NY

Part I: The Practical Experience

The first weekend begins on Friday, September 15th at 7:30 a.m. and concludes on Sunday, September 17th at 5:30 pm. The second weekend begins on Saturday, October 7th at 7:30 am and concludes on Monday, October 9th at 4:00 pm.
Interim patrol meeting(s) will be held as planned by the patrol members.
Attendance at
both weekends and the patrol meeting(s) is required.

Part II: The Application Phase

After the Practical Phase, you will fulfill a con- tract with yourself through your “Ticket” – five Scouting goals that you’ll establish and complete over the next 18 months (by April 9, 2019).

And then, upon completion, you will be awarded your Wood Badge beads and become a permanent member of Wood Badge Troop 1. 

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