Wood Badge



Your Course Leadership:

Reach out with any questions!


Rich Stradling, Course Director (Dickinson) | 701.290.8634

Chris Ray, Asst. Course Director (Moorhead) | 218.303.6116

Ryan Hansen, Staff Advisor (Fargo) | 218.770.7505



Wood Badge 4-429-23 is a five-day course offered over two weekends.  Attendance at both weekends is required to complete the training. Scholarships are available to attend!


September 29 – October 1 and October 14-15

Camp Grassick (Dawson, ND)


Before attending Wood Badge, participants must:

  • Be a registered member of BSA 
  • Agree to attend both weekends 
  • Complete Leader Specific Training for your registered position. 
  • Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment.
  • Complete Outdoor skills training (not required, but helpful)
  • Have a full Scout uniform to wear during the course. 

You will have the opportunity to join with other Scouters to share ideas, discuss challenges and locate resources. Attendees form new and lasting friendships during their Wood Badge experiences, Wood Badge is an intense leadership training that will change your life.


Wood Badge teaches leadership and team-building skills in a comfortable outdoor setting. There isn’t anything else in Scouting like it. Best of all, Wood Badge is FUN! Please join us on the trail to a mountaintop experience in one of the greatest adventures in Scouting.

Scouting’s Premier Leadership Training

In 1919, Lord Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting, held the first Wood Badge course at Gilwell Park to ensure that adult leaders were properly skilled to lead youth in the Scouting program. For the last century, Scouters worldwide have been continuing the legacy of taking Wood Badge to ensure that the methods of effective mentoring and leadership remain strong for the youth we serve.


It’s Scouting’s ultimate leadership training for adults. Wood Badge is a 2 weekend, 5-day action-packed program.  During the course, you’ll get to be a Scout experiencing a month’s worth of an exciting program while learning critical leadership skills. Most participants say that it has helped not only in their Scouting role but also in their professional and family life as well.


Who can attend? No matter your role, no matter the program, this course is for YOU! The course is designed for leaders involved in any of Scouting’s programs and at any level (unit, district, or council).