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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

2023 Wood Badge Course Dates
Spring Course
April 28-30, 2023 and May 20-21st, 2023
Beaumont Scout Reservation | Registration Opens November 25th Register Here

Scoutmaster: John Weltmer johnweltmer-sm@outlook.com

Fall Course
September 29-October 1, 2023 & October 14-15, 2023
Pine Ridge Scout Camp| Registration Opens November 25th | Register Here

 Scoutmaster: Bobbie Banks bjbanks4@gmail.com

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.


Prices to attend a course to be released late 2022. A discount applies when registered and paid by February 27, 2023, for the spring course and May 15, 2023, for the fall course.
Late fees apply on April 15th for the spring course and August 26th for the fall course.

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Wood Badge Information Sessions

Join us for a Wood Badge Informational Breakfast!

To learn more about the benefits of attending a Wood Badge course and meeting our Wood Badge staff join us at our Wood Badge information dinner.

Wood Badge Information Dinner

Saturday, June 24, 2023 |10:00am-Noon
Waltonville VFW Post
412 North Braodway Ave
Waltonville, IL

Register 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.

Information on VFW scholarship

Becky Fisk Scholarship

Becky Fisk Scholarship Application – Fillable

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.

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