Welcome to Mid-America Council Wood Badge!
Wood Badge is an adult training where you work with others to learn and practice leadership skills (as a member of a successful working team) and live the values of scouting.
This course will help you understand the full values-based family of Scouting programs as well as discover ways to use the leadership skills to improve your personal and professional life.
Wood Badge gives leaders the skills they need to strengthen Scouting in meaningful ways and deliver a quality program to our youth.
21st Century Wood Badge is the ultimate leadership training experience for adult BSA leaders, conducted in an outdoor encampment, with the focus on application of leadership skills. These skills are conveyed through active learning sessions in an ideal Scout setting.
You will be able to use these lessons and experiences from Wood Badge outside of scouting to make every team a successful team, whether the team is at your work or is your family. Inspired in England by Lord Baden-Powell at Gilwell Camp, Wood Badge is today offered around the world. Upon completion, a Scouter receives a certificate, neckerchief, woggle, and beads, and becomes a permanent member of Troop 1, Gilwell.
On the morning of September 19, 1919, Lord Robert Baden-Powell blew a Kudu horn at Gilwell Park on the edge of Epping Forest near London. Thus began the world's first Wood Badge course. Since that day, wherever Wood Badge is held, it is on Gilwell Field. Over 100,000 people have attended Wood Badge in courses held around the world. Read More History
Our goal as leaders is to bring the values of Scouting home to youth. We do this with an exciting program, challenging activities, and real adventure. Working together with the staff and your patrol members at Wood Badge, you will gain the vision, the experience, the fun, and the challenge to reach a higher standard and bring it home to the Scouts we all serve. Read More
Wood Badge is advanced leadership training for adult leaders in all of Boy Scouting's program areas – Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouting – as well as Council and District leaders. This includes assistant leaders, committee members, and "just parents" in all areas. Read More
||August 28-30, 2015 and September 11-13, 2015 (must attend both weekends), plus one mid-course meeting
||Camp Cedars, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska
||$190; includes meals, lodging and materials for both weekends. A $50 deposit is required upon registration approval. Total fee must be paid in full by July 21, 2015.
||A full, official uniform is required and consists of:
- Official BSA uniform shirt
- Official BSA uniform pants, shorts or skirt
- If skirts or shorts are worn, official BSA socks are required
- Official BSA web belt
Registration, Scholarships and other forms
Wood Badge Scholarship Form
Click here to register for Wood Badge Course C5-326-15-1. Wood Badge applicants will find the following forms useful.
| AFL-CIO Wood Badge Scholarship Form
| VFW Wood Badge Scholarship Form
| Health Forms
Meet the Staff
All past, present and future Wood Badge participants and guests are invited to come "Back to Gilwell!"
The 2015 North MAC Wood Badge Dinner is scheduled for March 7th, 2015 at Grace United Methodist Church in Sioux City, IA.
Questions? Please contact Denny Pottorff at 712.253.2641 or the Durham Scout Center at 402.431.9BSA (402.431.9272) for more information.
The 2015 South MAC Wood Badge Dinner is scheduled for August 8th, 2015 at Pentzien Lodge at Camp Eagle.
Questions? Please contact Deb Reinard at 712.899.2740 or the Durham Scout Center at 402.431.9BSA (402.431.9272) for more information.
Wood Badge Alums: If you haven't received an invitation to our annual Wood Badge dinner in the past, please contact Marsha Holbert to add your information to our distribution list. Include name, address, e-mail address (if you would like to receive our e-news 2-3 times a year), phone, course year and patrol.