Welcome to Wood Badge Central
Welcome to the home of Anthony Wayne Area Council Wood Badge. We’ve gathered the latest information, relevant links, history and frequently asked questions on the Wood Badge training experience here just for you! Learn about the aims and personal and professional benefits of Wood Badge, connect with fellow Wood Badgers and register for an upcoming course.
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.
What to Expect at Wood Badge
Experience all of Scoutings' Programs as a participant – from Cub Scouting, to Scouts BSA and Venturing
Put the patrol method into practice by camping and working as a group
Leadership skills development – including listening, conflict resolution and team dynamics
Learn games and activities that will work well in your unit, family and profession
Develop friendships that will last a lifetime through your Wood Badge patrol and staff interactions
Conduct patrol meetings to plan an outdoor experience and put your plan to the test by camping as a Patrol.
Who May Attend?
All registered adult Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, and Venturing, who meet the following eligibility requirements:
Must be registered adults of the Boy Scouts of America (there is no minimum tenure requirements).
Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position.*
Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment.
Successful completion of the Annual Health & Medical Record is required for all participants.
Note that you must 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 is open to all registered adults who have successfully completed the basic training requirements for their primary position. You must be a BSA registered adult and be fully trained for your registered Scouting Position. Outdoor skills training (Baloo or Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training) is highly recommended, if not required for completion of Training for your position.
History of Wood Badge
Baden-Powell took the first steps in the training of Scouters by organizing a series of lectures for Scouters in 1911. He made great strides by devising and instituting Wood Badge Training in 1919. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 throughout the world. The object of the Wood Badge course is to demonstrate, as practically as possible, the aims and methods of Scouting. Upon successful completion of the course the participant receives a certificate and the Wood Badge - two wooden beads worn on a leather thong around the neck. These beads replicate the beads found by Baden-Powell during a campaign in Africa in 1888. They belonged to Dinizulu, an African chieftain. In searching for a suitable recognition for those who completed the first course in 1919, Baden-Powell remembered the beads and decided to present a bead to each participant. At that time, the course was called Wood Badge. The Wood Badge may be worn only with the official field uniform of the BSA. The Scouter to whom it has been awarded may also wear the tan neckerchief with its patch of MacLaren tartan at the back. The Wood Badge neckerchief may only be worn with the accompanying leather neckerchief slide or woggle.
Wood Badge Contacts
Questions? Contact Us!
Upcoming Course Contact
AWAC Wood Badge Coordinator: Ken Wells
Council Training Adviser: Steve Higgins
Wood Badge 2023 Course Director: Alan Etzkorn
April 22, 2023
Hosted by the Buffalo Patrol
Gathering 5:15 pm Dinner 6:00 pm
The cost is just $15 per person!
Register for the 2023 Course, and your dinner is free!
Already been to Wood Badge? Bring a friend for the same deal extended to you!
Please RSVP by April 16 to avoid the late fee.
Saturn Christian Church
6731 E 800 S | Columbia City
PULLED CHICKEN OR PORK
Calling all Wood Badgers to join together and rekindle the flames of the Gilwell Campfire! Haven’t been to Wood Badge yet?
Then come and join the fun and learn more about this exciting adult leadership training and how you can use what you learn to benefit not
only your unit, but your everyday life. Everyone is welcome!
Wood Badge Scholarship Auction:
Continue the tradition of helping fellow Scouters that need financial assistance with Wood Badge course fee as well as helping to fund future courses. Bring Critter, Scouting and non-Scouting auction items to the dinner & auction. Contact Ken Wells at 260.341.1961 or Steve Higgins at 260.710.5637, to arrange to have your valuable donations picked up!
2023 Course Director Contact
2023 Course Director: Alan Etzkorn
Camp Chief Little Turtle
2282 W 500 S
Pleasant Lake, IN 46779
Course Fee: $260
Register & Pay by May 1, and you only pay $160!
Financial assistance is available - Contact:
Steve Higgins: Staff Adviser
Early bird registration: May 1
All fees paid in full by: July 1
Course dates: August 18 - 20 and September 16 - 17, 2023
Course size is limited to 48 participants. Sign up early.
You can reserve your space by going online and submitting a non-refundable deposit of $75
Registration is open online at https://scoutingevent.com/157-Woodbadge915723
All fees must be paid in full by July 1, 2023