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Wood Badge

In 1911 Baden-Powell took the first steps in training Scoutings’s adult leaders by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters. He made great strides in the years that followed, culminating in 1919 with the establishment of Wood Badge training. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.

Wood Badge participants have the opportunity to:

  • Understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, value-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth.
  • Recognize contemporary leadership concepts and discover how they are relevant to the Scouting movement.
  • Apply the skills learned as a member of a successful working team.
  • Revitalize their commitment to Scouting by sharing in an inspirational experience that provides Scouting with renewed leadership.
Many Scouters consider Wood Badge to be a peak experience of their Scouting careers. It has served as a source of training and inspiration to thousands.

Who may attend Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is for all leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. It has been developed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. The course content and leadership principles introduced apply to Scouters of all leadership positions and will provide a common foundation of leadership skills to be used throughout all program areas.


  • Each Scouter invited to participate in Wood Badge training must be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America and must have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position.
  • They must successfully complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record-parts A, B, and C on the form.
    The forms are available on the BSA website (

Wood Badge Course C3-172-16

  • Course Limit: 48 participants (A standby list will be created on a first-paid in full, first-registered basis.)
  • Course Dates: The course consists of one orientation meeting, and two 3-day weekends with at least one patrol meeting between those two weekends.
    • Orientation Meeting: August 27, 2016 (1:00 PM to 3:00 PM)
    • Weekend 1: September 23 - 25, 2016 (Friday 7:30 AM to Sunday 5:00 PM)
    • Weekend 2: October 14 - 16, 2016 (Friday 7:30 AM to Sunday 5:00 PM)
  • Location: Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation
    Camp Wakonda
    4514 Boy Scouts Rd
    Central City, IA 52214
  • Cost: $230.00 per person
    Full payment is due by September 2nd, 2016
    Scholarships are available. HAC participants can receive a $30.00 Hawkeye Area Council (HAC) Leadership Dinner Scholarship
  • Medical Examination: Wood Badge is considered a high adventure activity and therefore requires part A, B and C of the BSA medical form. This includes examination by a medical professional within one year prior to the course start date.
  • Course Director: If you would like more information or have any questions about this course, the course director will be happy to help you.
    Janice Coleman
    2107 Birchwood Dr NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
    Cell: (319) 573-3206
    Email: [Click for member's page]
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