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Wood Badge

What is Wood Badge Training?

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Wood Badge was originally presented by Lord Baden-Powell as the means of strengthening and preserving the Scouting movement throughout the world.  Since its inauguration in the United States in 1948, thousands of Scouters have participated in Wood Badge and have considered it a mountaintop experience in their Scouting careers.

Today, Wood Badge courses provided advanced leadership development.  The objective of Wood Badge is to demonstrate in a practical way the "aims and methods" of Scouting and to develop Scout spirit through a program of activities.  You will live Scouting and be exposed to the application of leadership and Scouting skills as they are applied in the development of leaders and youth.

Wood Badge Themes & Leadership Skills

  • Living the Values
    •  Values, Mission, and Vision
  • Bringing the Vision to Life
    • Listening to Learn
    • Communication
    • Leveraging Diversity Through Inclusiveness
    • Generations in Scouting
    • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Models for Success
    • Stages of Team Development
    • The Leading EDGE / The Teaching EDGE
  • Tools of the Trade
    • Project Planning
    • Leading Change
    • Decision Making and Problem Solving
    • Managing Conflict
    • Self-Assessment
  • Leading to Make a Difference
    • Servant Leadership
    • Leaving a Legacy

Who May Attend

You are invited to attend Wood Badge if you are at least 18 years of age and a registered Scout Leader.  This includes Men and Women Scouters in a Pack, Troop, Crew, Team, District, Council or Professional Scouting position, who have completed all basic training courses for their position, including current Youth Protection Training, prior to the start of the course.

Course Dates

Participant Orientation Meeting: August 18, 2018, at Ingawanis Adventure Base, near Waverly, IA.
Course Weekend 1: September 14-16, at Ingawanis Adventure Base, near Waverly, IA.
Mid-break Meeting: TBD by participants..
Course Weekend 2: October 5-7, 2018, at Ingawanis Adventure Base, near Waverly, IA.

You must attend both course weekend sessions for certification.  Attendance at the Participant Orientation Meeting is highly recommended, but not required.


Although Wood Badge is a training course, not a recognition program, completion of Wood Badge does serve to recognize leadership.  Recognition for the successful completion of Wood Badge consists of a parchment certificate, a distinctive Wood Badge neckerchief with a woggle and the Wood Badge (two wooden beads worn on a thong around the neck).  The Wood Badge is recognized worldwide as a symbol of practical training and leadership experience.  There are two parts to Wood Badge in the Boy Scouts of America, the practical course and the application period.

The Practical Course

This is a weekend outdoor experience where you will live Scouting.  Those participating are exposed to the application of leadership and Scouting skills as they are applied in the development of Scouts and Scouters.  Through living in a Scouting atmosphere for this period of time, you develop a Scouting spirit and zeal for the program that motivates you to do a better job in the Scouting task you have accepted.

The Application Period

A maximum of eighteen (18) months is allowed between the practical experience and final certification.  During this period the Scouters apply what they have learned and are evaluated on their performance.  Throughout the period of application, each person is assigned a ticket counselor who acts as a resource, evaluator, and a Scouting friend.


The Wood Badge course is a uniformed activity.  The uniform you wear will be the official field uniform (Class “A”) for your registered Scouting position and will include uniform shirt, pants (or shorts), belt, and socks.  A course cap will be provided for you.


While Wood Badge is not a survival course, you will be outdoors with a lot of exercise and activity.  You must have a current physical completed prior to the course.

Course Fees

The total fee for this course is $230.  A minimum $50 deposit is required when submitting your registration.  However, your total fee can be reduced as follows:

Your total course fee is only $200 if you are PAID IN FULL by March 30, 2018.  Your total course fee then increases to $215 if you are PAID IN FULL by June 1, 2018.  After June 1, 2018, your total course fee will be $230.

The $50 deposit is non-refundable after June 1, 2018.  Final payment of all course fees is due no later than August 1, 2018.

Tax Deductions

Participants are authorized to include in their federal income tax deductions the costs of uniforms, transportation, and the course fee.  Meal costs away from home overnight are also deductible.

A Question of Money?

Some dedicated Scouters find the financial obligation of training a true burden.  Help is available through several areas.  Be sure to check for this support from your unit, sponsoring organization, or even your employer (it is a leadership course).  Do not let this keep you from attending.  If you have exhausted all other options please contact the Course Director about this Wood Badge experience.

Our Hope

It is our sincere hope that you will make arrangements to attend Wood Badge training.  You will develop leadership skills, acquire new skills and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Participants can register using this website or by submitting the course registration Trifold at the Waterloo Scout Office.

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