What is Wood Badge?
Wood Badge is advanced training for adult leaders in Scouting designed to enhance contemporary leadership skills and develop more effective Scouters. The Wood Badge program gives participants a greater understanding of Scouting aims and methods, while developing true Scout Spirit. It is anticipated that all people who complete Wood Badge training will continue to work actively in the Scouting program to further the aims and methods of Scouting.
Wood Badge Course Information
2021 Wood Badge Course Dates
Wood Badge Requirements
- Be a registered adult leader
- Complete Basic Leader Training (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer)
Wood Badge training takes place over two weekends. In order to gain credit for the course, you must be able to attend both weekends. The first weekend begins at 7 a.m.on Friday and concludes by 5 p.m. on Sunday. The second weekend begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday and concludes by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Prior to the training weekends, participants are expected to attend the pre-course orientation meeting to meet training staff and take care of administrative tasks prior to the weekend sessions.
Regular price is $285.00. A discount applies when registered and paid by March 29, 2021 for the spring course and June 15, 2021 for the fall course.
Late fees apply on April 15 for the spring course and July 28 for the fall course.
Wood Badge Information Sessions
Join us for a Wood Badge Informational Session!
We are offering potential participants 3 opportunities in 2021 to learn more about the Wood Badge training program. All sessions are free to join! If you plan to attend an in-person session at Beaumont we ask that you wear your mask and pre-screen yourself before attending the event. Temperature will be taken before the in-person sessions.
Monday, March 29, 2021 | Via Zoom
7pm – 8:30pm
Saturday, April 10th, 2021
10am – 11:30am or 1pm – 2:30pm
Beaumont Scout Reservation
6480 Beaumont Scout Reservation Drive
High Ridge, MO 63049
Register for an Information Session HERE.
The VFW national headquarters offers Wood Badge scholarships to assist selected chapter members in acquiring skills that will better equip them to serve the youth of their communities. Members at large and retirees can qualify by being sponsored by the nearest VFW post in their area.
Becky Fisk Scholarship
Like many volunteers, Becky Fisk was selfless and tireless in her dedication to the Boy Scouts of America. Wood Badge, in particular, was near and dear to her heart as she spent a decade in various roles for the training course. Becky passed away in 2014, but her passion lives on through the dozens of Scouters she guided through Wood Badge.
In honor of Becky’s devotion to Scouting, a scholarship fund has been set up in her name to help those with financial hardships to participate in Wood Badge training. Applicants can receive funds that cover up to half the cost of course fees.