Wood Badge Training


Presented by Greater Niagara Frontier Council

Leadership for Scouting - Leadership for America Do you want to become a better leader in Scouting, and your everyday life? Do you want to know how to better organize your Pack, Troop or Crew? Do you want your youth to get a better experience from Scouting? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, you are a candidate for WOOD BADGE. Wood Badge can help you become a better Leader, understand how to better organize your unit, and help you deliver that promise of Scouting to all Scouts, be it Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturers


Where is Our Next Course Taking Place?

The Greater Niagara Frontier Council will host the 2020 Wood Badge Course on May 1-3, 2002: Camp Scouthaven and June 6-7 2020: Camp Schoellkopf. For more information on Wood Badge, view the the article "Why Wood Badge" in the March/April 2014 issue of Scouting Magazine.

What's involved?

Wood Badge Training consists of 2 phases:

  • Phase I is the practical phase. That phase consist of two, weekends (5/1-5/3 & 6/6-6/7).  You must attend both weekends.
  • Phase II is the application phase and lasts from the time you finish the practical phase up to 18 months.

You must be present at both weekends and you will have to attend small group meetings between the weekends in order to complete Phase I. The 1st weekend begins at 7:30 am on Friday, May 1, 2020 and concludes between 5:30 - 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 3rd.  The 2nd weekend  begins at 7:00 am on Saturday, June 6, 2020 and concludes between 5:00 - 5:30 pm on Sunday, June 7th. You MUST attend all dates listed above to successfully complete the course. During the weekends you will be developing a series of goals that you would like to accomplish in your Scouting job during the application phase. Once you have accomplished your goals to your satisfaction and that of the assigned counselor the WOOD BADGE will be awarded.

What is the Cost?

The course fee will be $300 (if paid in full by February 1, 2020 the cost will be $260). The cost includes the cost of all meals and training materials. Full Payment is encouraged at the time of registration.  However; to insure a place in the course, a minimum deposit of $75 is due at time of registration.


Who can Attend?

All registered leaders in the Scouting movement are encouraged to attend. However, you must: 1) Have completed the basic training courses for your Scouting position:

  • Position specific Training for all leaders
  • The appropriate training course(s) taken prior to the 2001 training curriculum change are still valid for this requirement

2) Have completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for your Scouting position:

  • Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills for Boy Scout Leaders (others may take this course, if desired).
  • Scoutmaster Fundamentals is still valid for this requirement if taken in 2001 or prior.

3) Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the BSA annual physical form is required for all participants. Wood Badge is a Class 3 activity and requires medical approval.

Ready to register or look at the Application.  Please click on the links below.

Wood Badge N3-380-20 Online Registration | Click

VFW Wood Badge Scholarship Program | Download 

Wood Badge N3-380-20 Campership Application | Download

For additional infomation, please contact the Course Director or Advisor via e-mail or phone at the information below. Course Director: Mike Hirsch 716-570-5696 mhirsch.659@gmail.com Course Advisor: Bob Blatz 716-512-6215 bob.blatz@scouting.org