Wood Badge ... Scouting's Premier Adult Leader Training Course

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.

What is Wood Badge? It’s Scouting’s ultimate leadership training for adults. Wood Badge is a 2 weekend, 6-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).

2019 Wood Badge Course

September 13-15 and September 27-29 at Camp Wilderness near Park Rapids, MN. (29984 Journey Trail, Park Rapids, MN 56470)

Wood Badge C1-429-19 is a six-day course offered over two weekends.  Attendance at both weekends is required to complete the training. Training starts at 7:30 am on Friday and concludes at 5:30 pm Sunday afternoon the first weekend and the training begins at 7:30 am on Friday and concludes at 4:00 pm Sunday on the second weekend. Scholarships are available to attend.

When:   September 13-15, 2019 (Friday-Sunday) and  September 27-29, 2019 (Friday-Sunday)

Where:   Camp Wilderness 

Registration for Wood Badge:  Registration Page


Wood Badge Course Directors:

Mark S. Gaydos, Course Director - send email or call (701) 214-0777
Tina Anderson, Assistant Course Director - send email or call (701) 391-2781
Rob Gilkerson, Wood Badge Professional Partner - rob.gilkerson@scouting.org or call (701) 557-3920

Requirements to Participate in a Wood Badge Training Course:

  • Be a registered member of BSA 
  • Attendance at both weekends is required 
  • Complete Leader Specific Training for your registered position. 
  • Must be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment.
  • Outdoor skills training is not required but would be useful. 
  • A full Scout uniform will be the dress for 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.

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