Benefit from a high-performance team of some of the top volunteer staff from throughout the Council while experiencing and learning proven leadership topics effective in Scouting, business, and everyday life.
Develop skills to help strengthen and propel yourself and your Scouting unit.
Build life-long bonds with other adult Scouters.
Understand why many Wood Badge graduates describe the course as their "best Scouting experience" and "a great adventure" and "just what all leaders need."
Spend a pair of 3-day weekends in cabins at Claytor Lake Aquatics Base and in your own tents at Camp Powhatan with three to four dozen adult Cub/Boy/Venturing participants of all ages and experience ranges from throughout all Districts and the Council.
Some motivated youth earn their Arrow-of-Light and/or earn the rank of Eagle; motivated adults can commit to taking Scouting's premier adult leadership training - Wood Badge.
Claytor Lake Aquatics Base, April 20-22, 2018
Camp Ottari, May 18-20, 2018
The first weekend of the Wood Badge course models Unit meetings, while the second weekend uses a Unit camping activity as its delivery model. Both weekends are required to complete the course. There are no makeup sessions.
During Wood Badge, a model Boy Scout Troop will serve as a laboratory for training purposes; this Troop simulation provides a good framework for practicing leadership skills introduced in the course.
The course begins each Friday at 8 a.m. and ends Sunday afternoon.
Registration is limited to the first 48 paid-in-full participants; the course is subject to cancellation unless at least thirty participants have paid-in-full by March 20.
- 5-16-16: S7-599-17 is complete! We are looking forward to S7-599-18.
View Scouting as a family of interrelated values based programs that provide age-appropriate activities for youth.
Recognize the contemporary leadership concepts used in corporate America and in leading government organizations.
Apply the skills you learn from participation as a member of a successful working team.
Living the Values
- Values, mission, and vision
- Aims and methods of Scouting
Bringing the Vision to Life
- Listening to learn
- Giving and receiving feedback
- Valuing people and diversity
- Coaching and mentoring
Models for Success
- Team development model
- Situational Leadership
Tools of the Trade
- Project planning & problem solving
- Managing conflict
- Assessing team performance
- Managing change
- Celebrating team success
Leading to Make a Difference
- Leaving a legacy
- Servant leadership
- Greatest leadership secret
Wood Badge History
On Monday, September 8, 1919, twenty men clad in shorts and knee socks gathered around a flagpole at Gilwell Field near London. Organized into Patrols, these men launched the precursor for what eventually has become Wood Badge.
The Boy Scouts of America conducted its first official Wood Badge course in the United States in 1948. Since that time, training professionals and volunteers have updated the Wood Badge syllabus to provide the best methods to adult Scouters for teaching leadership and program delivery.
One percent of the volunteer adult leadership in Scouting earn their Wood Badge beads each year.
- Must be a registered BSA adult leader.
- Must have completed Basic Leader Training for your registered Scouting position.
- Must not have taken Wood Badge since 2002.
- Must be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment.
- Must have completed a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record form Parts A, B, C within one year preceding the course.
- Must complete all six days of training.
- Must complete a Ticket of your five selected goals within 18 months of course completion.
Paid-in-full registration of $175 is required by March 21, 2018.
Submit a $50 non-refundable deposit with your application.
Cost includes training materials and most meals (participants will share responsibility for providing six campsite meals on the second weekend).
Partial scholarships are available.
Make checks payable to "Boy Scouts of America" and add a note indicating it is for Wood Badge 2018; mail to Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 7606, Roanoke, VA 24019
On-line registration available here.
2018 Wood Badge Staff
|Course Director ||Scott Harless|
|Senior Patrol Leader ||Tony Whitaker|
|Troop Scribe ||Carrie Bowen|
|Technical Scribe ||Korey Mercier|
|Quartermaster ||Mike Elliott|
|Asst. Quartermaster ||Mike Bedsaul|
|ASM Program ||Hunter French|
|ASM Logistics ||Bill Birdlebough|
|ASM Troop Guides ||Sandy French|
|Troop Guides ||Ben Summers|
| ||Taylor Richardson|
| ||Brian Cook|
| ||Kurt Lindquist|
| ||David Stafford|
| ||Katie Cuoghi|
| ||Sara Hart|
|Professional Advisor ||Bill Oswald|
|Council Wood Badge|
|ASM Food Service ||Kelley Moore|
|Assistant Cook ||Judy Thierry|
|Assistant Cook ||Wimpy Bousman|
|Assistant Cook ||Rick Wimmer|
|Troop Photographer ||Pat Rhodes|
|Medical ||Sara Hart|
|Instructors ||Don Powell|
| ||Christina Powell|
|Past Course Directors |
| ||Steve Davis|
| ||Randy McKenzie|
| ||Mike O'Brochta|
| ||Greg Leslie|
| ||Susan McKimmy|
The purpose of the Wood Badge experience is to strengthen Scouting in our Units, our Districts, and our Council. During the course each participant will develop and commit to complete his/her own Wood Badge "ticket," consisting of five selected personal goals related to the participant's Scouting position. These goals will significantly strengthen the program in which the participant is involved.
The Ticket gives each participant an opportunity to practice and demonstrate a working knowledge of the leadership skills presented during the course. Each participant must complete his/her Wood Badge Ticket no later than 18 months after the course.
Upon completion of the Wood Badge Ticket, as certified by a Ticket Counselor and the Scout Executive, a public ceremony will be held to present the participant with the Wood Badge certificate, neckerchief, woggle, and beads.
BRMC Course Directors
2018 Scott Harless
2017 Steve Davis
2016 Randy McKenzie
2015 Mike O'Brochta
2014 Kraig Neidigh
2013 Greg Leslie
2012 Ken Draper
2011 Mike Scaffidi
2010 Dan Grubb
2009 Paul Brown
2008 Susan McKimmy
2007 Barry Hensley
2006 Rocky Fizzano
2005 Frank Chesson
2004 Dean Downs
2003 Ron Meadows
2002 Richard Hancock
2000 John Jones
1998 Arthur Walruth
1996 G. H. Coleman
1994 Thomas Littrell
1992 Raymond Hatcher
1990 Harold Munton
1988 Alvin Croy
1984 Robert Davis
1983 Kenneth Fleenor
1981 Thomsa Inman
1979 Charles Hansrote
1977 Graham Stephens
1976 Paul Smeal
1974 Neil Snyder