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.

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.

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.​

Links, Guides & Forms


 BSA Uniform Guides 
 ​Wood Badge Scholarship Application ​2020 Wood Badge Information and Registration

Wood Badge Contacts 

Wood Badge Contacts
Questions? Contact Us!
Upcoming Course Contact

AWAC Wood Badge Coordinator: Ken Wells


Council Training Adviser: Steve Higgins



Council Program Assistant: Cody Zimmerman



Wood Badge 2020 Course Director: Christin Huston



Wood Badge Dinner & Scholarship Auction 

Wood Badge Dinner & Scholarship Auction
Hosted by the Bear Patrol
March 21st, 2020 
Gathering 4:30 pm Dinner 5:15 pm
Location: TDB

Time for 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 important adult leadership training.

Learn about 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 assistance with Wood Badge course fees. 

Bring Scouting and non-Scouting auction items on TBD or contact Bear Patrol members or Ken Wells,

"AWAC Wood Badge Coordinator" at 260-341-1961(Cell/Text) to arrange to have your valuable donations picked up.

Upcoming Course Information

2020 Location

Camp Chief Little Turtle

2282 W 500 S

Pleasant Lake, IN 46779

Key Dates
2020 Course Director Contact

2020 Course Director: Christin Huston




Course Fee: TBD

Register & Pay by July 27 and only pay TBD

Financial assistance is available - Contact:

Steve Higgins: Staff Adviser




Christin Huston



August 10 - Orientation, 6:30pm at AWAC Office

August 28-30 - Weekend 1 (3 Day)

Friday Arrival at TBD

Departure Sunday by TBD

September 19-20 - Weekend 2 (2 Day)

Saturday Arrival at TBD

Departure Sunday by TBD

Key Information

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 Opens online January 2nd, 2020.


All fees must be paid in full by July 27th, 2020 

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