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Wood Badge                          2020 Class Info

Every year Scouters gather on this little patch of grass and sun and embark on the adventure that is Wood Badge.

It is a place that connects us to the past, present, and future of Scouting. For when you stand on Gilwell, you stand where hundreds have stood before and where tens of thousands stand across the world.

To those who choose to join us on this trail, you step onto the field as the future of the program. On day six, when you leave, you will depart, but never really be gone ... for then your mark will be there, and your path and your legacy will have blazed a trail for others to follow.

You stand now on the edge of a pool of calm water where even the smallest stone can have an effect. This is the change you can make; the difference you can be.

But, nothing will happen until you take action. You've got to throw the stone into the pool to create the ripple.

Join us for the adventure, the moment, the premiere scouting event that is Wood Badge ... at the place that will be forever yours to call -- Gilwell. For more information on the history of Wood Badge go here

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Have a question, comment, or need further information about Wood Badge? We're here to answer your questions or address any concerns that you might have. Contact the Great Rivers Council.

Your Wood Badge Course

A century of values, a hundred years of commitment, and here you stand on the trailhead to the future of scouting. What will your next step be, and what paths will you blaze for others to follow?

Wood Badge is scouting's premiere training course and is the embodiment of Scouting spirit.

Carried out in the context of scouting ideals and service to young people, the course brings out a deep dedication and spirit of brotherhood and fellowship in participants.

The course is designed to be a highlight -- "a mountaintop experience" -- for the course participants. It is little wonder that most scouters return inspired, prepared, and more than a little motivated.

The Wood Badge Ticket

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The purpose of your ticket is to help you realize your personal vision of your role in Scouting.

The experience of the Wood Badge course is an integral part of your ticket process. No amount of research or pre-planning can take the place of what the experience of the event will give you and how much it will help bring you to a greater understanding and realization of your very own personal vision.

See the FAQ section for more information.

Why Should I Take It?

Every scout deserves the BEST trained leaders.

  • Gain a better understanding of scouting's programs.
  • A MUCH better understanding of leadership and useful tools for the leadership challenges you face.
  • You will set achievable goals in your primary scouting position.
  • You will have fun, make new friends and enjoy your scouting job more.

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Wood Badge Objectives

As a result of attending Wood Badge, participants will be able to:

  • View scouting globally, as a family of interrelated, values-based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth.
  • Recognize the contemporary leadership concepts utilized in corporate America and leading government organizations that are relevant to our values-based movement.
  • Apply the skills they learn from their participation as a member of a successful working team.
  • Revitalize their commitment by sharing in an overall inspirational experience that helps provide scouting with the leadership it needs to accomplish its mission on an ongoing basis.

About Your Course

Our course will be five days, taking place over two weekends at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation near Laurie, Missouri.

Your fee will include five days of training, all meals (prepared FOR you during the first half of the course and BY you during the second half of the course), all instructional and training material, course t-shirt, course baseball cap, neckerchief, and notebook. The fee also includes your Wood Badge training award that is presented following the completion of the application phase of the course.

Please be sure to read more on the FAQ may be surprised.

Once you sign up for the course, you will receive regular updates that will include information on supplies you will need, gear, directions, medical forms, and other materials that will help you prepare your mind, body, and spirit.

Some of those forms will be sent to you directly; others will be readily available on this site. We will keep you informed as that occurs.

The course will run over two weekends. The course starts early on the first day and will finish in the evening on the last. These are full, fun-filled days (and nights).

If you have any other questions please see the FAQ section, or contact Wood Badge Course Director: Wess Diehl at

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