Wood Badge Training

Course is being rescheduled for the Spring of 2024

at Camp Scouthaven

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What is Wood Badge?

Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles and successful organizations throughout the country.
Wood Badge training was begun by Baden Powell in 1919 as a way to insure that the leaders of Scout troops were properly trained. Since then Wood Badge has been
held worldwide, providing advanced leadership training to thousands of Scout leaders.
Wood Badge builds upon the best traditions and experiences of the Boy Scouts of America and also draws from a wide range of courses within and beyond the bounds of Scouting to present the
latest in leadership theory and
team development.

Where is Our Next Course Taking Place?

Our Council will host its next course in the Fall of 2023,  Friday, Sept. 29th to Oct. 1st and Oct. 14th to Oct. 15th.

You must be present at both weekends, the 1st weekend begins at 7:30 am on a Friday, Sept. 29th and concludes between 5:30 - 6:00 pm on Sunday, Oct 1st.  The 2nd weekend  begins at 7:00 am on Saturday, Oct. 14th and concludes between 5:00 - 5:30 pm on Sunday the 15th. You MUST attend all dates 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?

$375 for the 2 weekends (fee includes all meals, lodging, materials, Course T-shirt & Hat). Scholarships up to 50% of the fee are available through the Tom Barber Fund. Form will be available for the Scholarship in mid June.

Why Attend?

By taking Wood Badge, Scouters will acquire valuable tools such as listening, communicating, conflict
management, project planning and leading change. Participants will better learn to understand and
appreciate diversity and differences in our society. They will learn skills that will make them a better Scout
leader. Units with trained leaders are able to deliver an improved program and a more meaningful experience for the youth Scouting serves.

By attending Wood Badge, the participants will internalize the 5 themes of Wood Badge: Living the Values, Growing, Connecting, Guiding, Empowering.

Who Should Attend?

Wood Badge is designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of all Scouters, particularly unit level Scouters, such as Cub leaders, Scoutmasters and assistants, Venturing Crew Advisors, Committee Chairs 
and members.  Additionally, Scouters serving at the district and council levels can achieve greater effectiveness through Wood Badge.
To attend a Wood Badge course, individuals must:
1. Be registered adult members of the Boy Scouts of America. 
2. Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position.
3. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. All participants are required to complete the Annual Health and Medical Record form.


Refund requests up to 45 days prior will be subject to a $75 cancellation fee. Refund request 44 days to 14 days prior will be subject to a $125 cancellation fee.  No Refund of any fees less than 2 weeks prior to the course. Refunds will be made after the completion of the course in October.

For additional information, please contact the Course Advisor via e-mail or phone at the information below.

Course Director: Dan McCartan (716)913-7114 DanMcCartanRN@gmail.com

Course Advisor: Bob Blatz (716)512-6215 Bob.Blatz@scouting.org