Wood Badge

2023 Tri-Council Wood Badge Course

Weekend 1: September 8-10

Weekend 2: October 7-8, 2023

Both weekends begin at 7:30am at Camp Tahquitz
Must attend both weekends

Course Fee: $275 if paid in full by June 30th! — Fee goes up to $300 July 1st!


What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is the highest and most advanced leadership training course offered by the Boy Scouts of America Scouting volunteers and professionals. Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome!

While it is rich in Scouting history and tradition, participants will spend 5 full days and 3 nights learning modern leadership theories from contemporary scholars such as Ken Blanchard (author of the One Minute Manager series of books), Stephen R. Covey (author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle-Centered Leadership), and John Kotter (author of Leading Change).

These modern leadership theories are taught through lecture, group discussion, fun and dynamic hands on exercises, and through the creation of goals that apply the leadership training received. At the conclusion of the first phase of the course, participants will have created at least 5 goals (collectively referred to as “The Ticket”), tailored to their volunteer position and experience. A counselor will be assigned to work with each participant for 18 months (2nd phase) to ensure application of the training they received and the completion of the 5 goals.

Dr. Blanchard’s courses and workshops, offered through The Ken Blanchard Companies, run $900 per day ($5,400 for 6 days). The Boy Scouts of America have negotiated royalty fees and intellectual property rights which allows them to offer the entire 5-day course for under $300 in most cases.

Leaders at many companies (such as IBM, Motorola, and Intel) have recognized the value this training is to their employees. As such, many agree to pay the course fees and/or give time off as part of their employee’s professional development and training plan. Individual company policies vary, however.

Upon the successful completion of both the instructional and application phase, you will be ceremoniously awarded the Wood Badge neckerchief, woggle, beads, and certificate, and join thousands of other Scouters worldwide who have completed the same leadership journey as you!

Space is limited, so don’t lose your chance to take advantage of this money saving opportunity!

For more information, please contact:

Aimee McCarty
Course Director
2023 Tri-Council Wood Badge, 3-32-23

To attend Wood Badge, Scouters must:

  • Be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America (18+)
  • Have completed Basic Training for their registered Scouting position prior to the first day of the course
  • Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment (accommodations can be made for those with mobility challenges)
  • Provide a current copy of your Annual Health and Medical Record (parts A, B and C)
  • Be ready to have fun!

To successfully complete Wood Badge, Scouters must:

  • Attend and participate fully in BOTH weekends of the Wood Badge course (instructional phase)
  • Complete their Ticket within 18 months AFTER the last day of the course (application phase)

How will I benefit?

  • 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.

What are people saying?

  • “I was taking techniques back to my Troop after the first weekend.”
  • “The course gave me an opportunity to reflect on my leadership and what I am doing that is working and what I need to change.”
  • “I took a lot from this course and plan to keep on learning and using this knowledge.”
  • “It was the best training I have ever experienced. It was well worth the time and expense to attend.”
  • “I wish I would have taken this sooner.”
  • “The most fun you can have as a leader!”