Woodbadge S7-763-21 Fall 2021

What is Wood Badge?

Reflecting the best of over a century of Scouting experience, Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful organizations throughout the country.

Baden Powell founded wood Badge training in 1919 as a way to ensure that the leaders of Scout troops were properly trained. Since then, Wood Badge has been held worldwide, providing advanced leadership training to thousands of Scout Leaders.

Wood Badge builds on the best traditions and experiences of the Boy Scouts of America. Also, it draws from a wide range of courses within and beyond the bounds of Scouting to present the latest in leadership theory and team development. 

Who Should Attend?

Wood Badge is designed to meet the advanced leadership needs of all Scouters, particularly unit-level Scouters, such as Cub leaders, Scoutmasters and assistants, Venturing Crew Advisors, Committee Chairs and members. Additionally, Scouters serving at the District and Council levels can achieve greater effectiveness through Wood Badge.

To attend a Wood Badge course, individuals must:

  • Be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America (Youth 18 and older may attend as long as appropriate Youth Protection Guidelines are followed. They do not need to be registered in an adult leadership role.)
  • Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position.
  • Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. All participants are required to complete the Annual Health and Medical form (A, B, & C).
  • Commit to both weekends and developing your tickets and completing them. 

Centennial Woodbadge

This course is NOT the same course you took. In 2020, BSA revamped Wood Badge to fit with the ever-changing world. If you took an older course and would like to see the changes for yourself or have changed Scouting positions, you are welcome to take the Centennial Wood Badge course. This course will also be the first course under the new Virginia Headwaters Council Name.

Why Attend?

By taking Wood Badge, Scouters will acquire valuable tools such as listening, communicating, conflict management, project planning, and leading change.

Participants will better learn to understand and appreciate diversity and differences in our society. You will learn skills that will make you a better Scout leader. Units with trained leaders can deliver an improved program and a more meaningful experience for the youth Scouting serves.

By attending Wood Badge, you will internalize the five themes of Wood Badge: Living the Values, Growing, Connecting, Guiding, and Empowering.

It will be a Mountain Top Experience that you will never forget. Just ask anyone that has taken Wood Badge.

Course Director

David Seal

David has been involved in Wood Badge since being a participant in 2011. He has served on staff for every course since and was the SPL for the 2019 course. 

He was the committee chair for Pack 138 for ten years. He now serves as a Committee Chair for Troops 154 & 1154 and as Vice-Chair for Monticello District and serves on the Council Executive Board. 

David enjoys long walks on the beach and the music of WHAM!



Camp Shenandoah
222 Boy Scout Lane, Swoope, VA

Course Dates:

1st weekend: September 24-26, 2021
2nd weekend: October 16-17, 2021
(Optional arrival on Friday Oct 15th)

NOTE: Both weekends are required and begin at 8AM and end around 5PM on Sunday. Check-in on Friday, Sept 24th begins at 7:30 AM

Weekend Course Consists of:

Two required weekends in camp and at least one required Patrol Meeting between weekends.

Course Limit:

The course is limited to 48 Participants. A waiting list will be created on a first-fully-paid, first-served basis.

Cost: $250.00 / $275.00 after Aug 01 2021

Fee includes meals, cracker barrel, program materials, t-shirt, course mug, course hat, course CSP, and recognition items.

A non-refundable $75 deposit is required to reserve your spot in the course. The balance of the fee is due in full no later than Sept 01, 2021.

The Virginia Headwaters Council does have a Scholarship Fund. If assistance is needed, please contact David. You can also check if your unit or business will sponsor your participation. 

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