What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier adult leader training program. This course has had many improvements over time since it was introduced back in 1919. Wood Badge is much like any modern corporate leadership course but it does not cost $3000 and it is fun.

This course is open to all Scouters (Adult Volunteers & Scouting Professionals) and is a 5-day over two-weekends course that is held at various Scout camps.


Why do you want to go?

You want to participate in a Wood Badge course because of things you will learn and do. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Stronger units. You will make your Scouting unit — and your sons’ and daughters’ units — stronger.
  • What and why of Scouting. You will have a deeper understanding of what Scouting is and why we do it.
  • Experience. You will learn and experience things that will stay with you in Scouting and the rest of your life.
  • Fun. You will have fun and you will meet interesting people.
  • Other groups. You will make your other groups, like work, church, even family, stronger.

GNYC and Greater Hudson Valley Course 2023

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August 25–27, 2023
September 30–October 1, 2023

at Camp Bullowa in Rockland County

Course Director:
John Graesser
email: jdgraesser@gmail.com

Backup Course Director:
Courtney Grogan
email: cgrogan1224@gmail.com


What are the Learning Objectives?
• Recognize today’s leadership concepts
that are relevant to Scouting
• Apply the skills you learn as a member
of a successful working team
• Revitalize your commitment to Scouting
• View Scouting globally, as a family of
interrelated, value-based programs that
provide age-appropriate activities for

What is Required to Participate?
Be registered as an adult leader in the BSA
Complete the training course specific for
your scouting position
Provide the Annual Health and Medical
Record form valid through October 2022
Bring to the course an eagerness to learn …
and a willingness to have a lot of fun.