The Spring 2020 course will be held April 24-26 and May 8-9, 2020 at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation.

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The Fall 2020 course will be held September 11-13 and September 26-27 at Theodore Naish Scout Reservation.

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  • To develop better understanding of the purpose and goals of the Scouting program and how they are attained
  • To learn the techniques of Leadership Training and Unit Operations
  • To share in the fun and fellowship of an exciting regional-level training course.

What is Wood Badge?

The Wood Badge experience is training for adult leaders from all scouting programs. It provides participants with firsthand knowledge regarding how teams develop and achieve excellence. Participants take part in an active learning process through involvement in planning, development, presentation and assessment. Participants will enjoy a world-class learning experience that will strengthen their long-term commitment to Scouting and provide them with valuable leadership skills.

Wood Badge is a series of fun and educational weekend training activities that develop you into a better Scout leader. There is some physical challenge involved, but nothing that should keep anyone from attending this great opportunity. The time constraints are tight, but only because we jam so many great training activities into the weekends. Some of the activities covered are:

  • Camping as a patrol.
  • Putting the patrol method into practice by camping, cooking and working as a group.
  • Leadership skills development.
  • Learning games and activities that will work well in your unit.
  • Developing friendships that will last a lifetime.
  • Conduct patrol meetings (not at camp) between your first and second weekends at camp.

Who may attend?

All Registered adult Scouters from Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing, who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be registered adults of the Boy Scouts of America (there is no minimum tenure requirements).

  2. Have not previously attended a Wood Badge course.

  3. Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position.*

  4. Have completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions.*

  5. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the Annual Health & Medical Record is required for all participants.

  6. Attend all sessions. There are no make-up opportunities. If an attendee has to miss any of the sessions they will be dropped from the course and will be asked to return the following year to attend the entire program. This includes attendance at any patrol meetings during the intervening week between the first and second weekend.

Wood Badge Reunion

Save the date for Saturday, October 17th, 2020! More details to come.


Just completed Wood Badge?

Sign up on the Group Gilwell Park website. It's free and you can find out about all the Gilwell events, the History of Wood Badge, and take a virtual tour of the park!

If you have been a member of Gilwell Park, by completing your Wood Badge Course, then "complete your ticket", and register on the site with your Course details and your Scouting resume. Don't forget to visit the Gilwell Shop, too!

VFW Wood Badge Scholarship Program


  1. This scholarship program covers Wood Badge courses. Wood Badge is an eight-day training course involving Scoutcraft and leadership skills for Unit, District, and Council-level volunteers.
  2. There shall be awarded annually three scholarships for each BSA region for a total of 12.
  3. Scholarships will cover the tuition fee only. The recipient must furnish transportation to and from Wood Badge course locations.
  4. Applicants must satisfy all Wood Badge course prerequisites.
  5. Applicants must be VFW members in good standing.

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  • 2019 Fall Course Dates
  • Pre-Course Meeting - August 22, 2019 (6:30pm Council Service Center)
  • September 6-8, 2019
  • September 27-29, 2019
  • Post-Course Meeting - January 23, 2020 (7:00pm Council Service Center)
  • 2020 Spring Course Dates
  • Pre-Course Meeting - March 26, 2020 (6:30pm Council Service Center)
  • April 24-26, 2020
  • May 8-9, 2020
  • Post-Course Meeting - September 10, 2020 (7:00pm Council Service Center)


  • 2020 Fall Course Dates
  • Pre-Course Meeting - August 13, 2020 (6:30pm Council Service Center)
  • September 11-13, 2020
  • September 26-27, 2020
  • Post-Course Meeting - January 28, 2021 (7:00pm Council Service Center)