What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is the most advanced adult leader training available. A Scouter participating in Wood Badge has the opportunity to understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth. It recognizes contemporary leadership concepts and will help the participant discover how they are relevant to the Scouting movement and apply the skills learned as a member of a successful working team. The course will revitalize their commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience that provides Scouting with renewed leadership, resulting in a greater youth retention. Many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be a peak experience in their Scouting career.

How is the course conducted?

Wood Badge teaches contemporary leadership and team-building skills in a comfortable outdoor and indoor setting over a period of two weekends. Participants begin their experience as Cub Scouts, then bridge over into Scouts BSA and form patrols. During the course, they take part in numerous presentations, discussions, and activities that explore and advance a wide range of leadership philosophies and tools. A key area of exploration is the process of team development. With this in mind, participants will learn to apply appropriate leadership strategies that enable teams to reach their highest levels of performance.

Where is Wood Badge held?

Weekend 1

Harry S. Frazier, Jr. Scout Reservation

Camp Crooked Creek
950 Terry Drive
Shepherdsville, KY 40165

Weekend 2

Tunnel Mill Scout Reservation

3913 Tunnel Mill Road
Charlestown, IN 47111

Upcoming Course Information

Fall 2021 (LHC-2054)

Weekend 1: Friday-Sunday, September 10-12 

Weekend 2: Saturday-Sunday, October 9-10 

Both weekends are required.

What does it cost?

A deposit of $75 will hold a space on the course until August 1, 2021. The Early Bird fee of $245 is due by August 1, 2021. After August 1, 2021, the course fee is $275. The course fee includes food, instructional materials, handouts, a course t-shirt, and the Wood Badge Award.

Please note: All payments must be made to the Council by September 1, 2021 to ensure a spot on course.

Financial Aid for Wood Badge is available. The $75 deposit must be paid for financial aid to be considered.