Dates and Location

April 26-28, 2019
May 17-19, 2019
Camp Chief Little Turtle
2282 W 500 S
Pleasant Lake, IN 46779


Wood Badge for the 21st century has been developed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. Its focus is on leadership, not outdoor skills.

Course Delivery

The first part of the Wood Badge course reflects unit meetings, while the second part uses a unit camping activity as its delivery model. Wood Badge Course is held at Camp Chief Little Turtle, Pleasant Lake, Indiana.

Vision of Success


The secret of success has been considered for thousands of years. As man has evolved, so has his idea of success from a bountiful harvest to personal fulfillment. You can learn about the evolution of success by reading hundreds of books in the library to find your ideal model or you can live it through Wood Badge. From the instant you arrive on Day 1 until the final moment on Day 6, you live in the prototype of modern success.

How can such a lofty goal be attained in six days? Keep in mind that as a Scout Leader, you’ve already begun the journey. By joining Scouting, you’ve reached out beyond the borders of your piece of the world to become a leader in an organization whose goal is to shape the Leaders of tomorrow; you have already established that you wish to impact the world and are searching for a new level of personal fulfillment.

This is not just about Scouting, though, success cannot be compartmentalized. You will receive first hand experience in handling difficult situations and building on the momentum of the good times, maintaining personal character throughout. All of the knowledge has been honed down into these areas: Living the Values, Models for Success, Bringing the Vision to Life, Leading to Make a Difference, and Tools of the Trade.

Common Foundation

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. Most participants will also find the course applicable in their everyday lives at home or at work. Comments from previous participants lauded the course as one of the best leadership-style seminars of any type they’ve attended.

You will be living closely with new people and learning about each other. Throughout your many unique experiences and accomplishments, new and lasting bonds of friendship will be forged.


While Wood Badge is not a survival course, participants will be outdoors with lots of exercise and activity. Participants must complete a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A,B & C prior to participation in the course.


Participants must wear a complete BSA Class “A” uniform for their Primary Scouting position, which includes Official BSA Class “A” shirt, official BSA shorts or pants, official BSA socks and official BSA belt. An Activity uniform is permitted at different times during the Course at the direction of the Senior Patrol Leader. One activity uniform shirt will be provided to participants as part of the course tuition; additional shirts can be purchased prior to the course. Activity uniform shirts are unique to each Wood Badge Course.


Fee includes food for both weekends, all course materials and housing for the first weekend. Every effort is made to keep the course fee to a minimum. In each course, the fee is based on estimated costs. A $75 minimum deposit reserves a position on the course.

Earn the EARLY CRITTER DISCOUNT by paying remainder of fees by February 1, 2019 (total tuition $230). Last date to pay balance of fees is March 1, 2019 to ensure participation in the course. Total tuition after February 1st is $250.

To celebrate the 100 years of Wood Badge, we are reducing tuition to $150.

Scoutmaster’s Minute


“The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything,” according to the Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Also, the number of days until course. Are you signed up? Did you know Douglas Adam’s Birthday was Monday? Don’t forget your towel.

50 Days

I have an app on my phone that shows me the number of days until course. Today it said 50. and I being growing up in the 70s and 80s, I of course thought of the Paul Simon’s 1975 song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” “The problem is all inside your head”, she said …


What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is a training course for Scouters which finally results in their receiving a certificate, a small neckerchief, a leather slide, and two small wooden beads on a leather thong. Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, directed the first course in 1919 and gave each of the participants one of the beads which he had captured from the African chieftain Dinizulu. Thus did the course name develop, for its symbol was literally a badge of wood.

Wood Badge is, further, Scouting’s premier training course. Baden-Powell designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. It is first and foremost, learning by doing. The members of the course are formed into patrols and these into a troop.  The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors for a week, camping, cooking their own meals, and practicing Scout skills.

The uniqueness of Scouting is the patrol method. The use of the natural gang of six or eight boys who elect their own leader and plan and carry out many of their own activities is a democracy in microcosm. Here young men learn the give and take of working with people as they must surely do all their lives. Here, too, they are given leadership and learning opportunities which prepare them for their future roles as citizens. It is for this reason that it is so crucial that all adults understand thoroughly the patrol method.

Thus it was that Baden-Powell developed a practical course built around the operation of a troop and its patrols. Yet this is only the most well-known of three parts in the entire Wood Badge experience. The practical course–the week in the out-of-doors–was originally scheduled to follow a “theoretical” part 1, which consisted of answering a series of questions about the aims and methods of the Scouting program. Part 3 then followed the practical course and required a 6-month application period while the Scouter practiced in his home Scouting situation what he had learned in parts 1 and 2. In actual practice, once Wood Badge became available in the United States, the theoretical questions and the application were carried out simultaneously after the practical course was taken.

But Wood Badge is more than just mechanical course work. Wood Badge is the embodiment of Scouting spirit. Like many intense training experiences, it has always relied on a busy schedule forcing the participants to work together, to organize and to develop an enthusiasm and team spirit to accomplish the tasks and challenges placed before them. Carried out in context of Scouting ideals and service to young people, the course brings out a deep dedication and spirit of brotherhood and fellowship in most participants. Certainly were it not for the common goal of the movement and its program for young people, it would be hard to get grown men and women to endure the 16-hour days required by a program that runs from early morning to late at night.

The course is designed to be a highlight –“a mountaintop experience” — for the course participants. Careful planning and strict attention to detail provides a physical/logistic support and program second to none. Add to this a thoroughly prepared and enthusiastic staff and it is little wonder that most Scouters return from Wood Badge inspired and prepared to do an even better job of providing Scouting to boys. In addition to a fine course, all the traditions and heritage of Scouting are stressed and used to inspire those attending. Wood Badge in one form or another is used throughout the Scouting world. Tens of thousands of Scouters proudly wear the Gilwell neckerchief, woggle, and beads of Wood Badge-trained leaders. Because it was begun by Baden-Powell in England in 1919, it is clearly backed by the finest thought and tradition of the founder and thus carries with it great prestige. Wood Badge is then, a great force for world brotherhood, for though it uses the local traditions in each country, it emphasizes the international aspects of the movement and the heritage of Baden-Powell and Gilwell Park.

Portions excerpted from the
History of Wood Badge BSA Publication # 3164,
which may be purchased from your Scout Shop
or from the National Supply Division


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost for the course?
A: The full cost for the 6 day course is $250. This is discounted to $230 if paid in full by February, 2019.To celebrate the 100 years of Wood Badge, we are reducing tuition to $150.
Q: Why is there a fee for this volunteer training?
A: Over a six day period, the food, facilities and material costs add up. A copy of the course budget is available upon request.
Q: What time do I need to be there for check-in on Day 1?
A: Check in begins Friday morning at 7:30 A.M.
Q: Why do I want to register early?
A: Enrollment is limited to the first 48 participants that register and fully pay their course fees. Since this is the 100th Anniversary Year for WoodBadge, it is expected that the course will fill early.
Q: How will I receive information before the course starts?
A: You’ll receive additional information via email after the registration form and deposit is received and processed in the Council Service Center. It is YOUR responsibility to include an accurate email address that you check REGULARLY. If you have questions, please email Perry Harris, Course Director, at Scoutmaster@C6-157-19.org Information will also be available at the course web site https://C6-157-19.org
Q: What qualifications do I need to have?
A: You must be a BSA registered adult and be fully trained for your registered Scouting Position. Outdoor skills training (OWL/Baloo or Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training) is highly recommended, if not required for completion of Training for your position.
Q: Does my registration fee help pay for the staff being there?
A: No. Staff is required to pay their own way, same as participants.
Q: What is the Official Wood Badge Course Uniform?
A: The Wood Badge uniform is the Official BSA Uniform for your registered position. This includes the Official Dress shirt, Official BSA pants/shorts, BSA socks, and BSA belt. An activity shirt is authorized at certain times; one shirt is included in course fees; additional shirts may be purchased prior to the course. Activity shirts will be available at check-in on Day one of the course.
Q: What if I can’t afford a complete uniform?
A: Many Scouts find seasoned uniforms in thrift stores and garage sales, while others borrow from fellow Scout friends or Leaders in their unit. Many units also have a uniform closet or clothing bank.
Q: I don’t have the full tuition cost; how can I cover the fees?
A: Partial scholarships are available. Please also approach your unit committee and ask them for assistance. Suggest that they start a tradition of funding for training including Wood Badge. The unit benefits most from knowledgeable leaders and could assist in sending at least one leader through each course. Some employers may also assist with course fees as the skills acquired at Wood Badge will apply to your work life and are much less expensive through Boy Scouts of America.
Q: Volunteering is time consuming now; how will I find time to “work my tickets”?
A: Tickets are not synonymous with defining a new job; instead think of a ticket as bringing a new source of energy to your current position and unit. “I will enhance my current position as den leader by implementing the Den Chief program or network parents to assist at the pinewood derby.” As a matter of fact, you could design your tickets to make your current position easier and more enjoyable. After completing the Wood Badge course, you’ll have 18 months to work your tickets.