Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can anyone attend Wood Badge?

You must be a registered adult with the BSA to attend Wood Badge.  You must also have completed basic training for your position.

Where will the course be held?

The next Course will be held at Camp Betz in Berrien Springs Michigan.

What are the Course Dates

C7-456-20 will be held on two weekends.  September 18-20, 2020 and October 3-4, 2020.  You must attend both weekends, the course starts at 7 am both weekends.

Pre-Course Orientation


What is the Cost

  • The course fee is $275.00 if fully paid by July 19, 2020.
  • After July 19, 2020 the fee increases to $300.00.
  • Minimum Deposit is $125.00 at the time of registration.
  • Balance is due no later than August 20, 2020.
  • Consult the PTAC website for the Council refund policy.
  • For Scholarship information click here.

Register Here

Do I need a Medical Form?

Yes: You must be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. (Participants must submit parts A, B, and C of a BSA Health and Medical Record with a physician’s signature dated within one year of the start of the course.)

Download your medical forms here

What are  the uniform requirements?

A personal list can be downloaded from the Resource page on this website. Participants wear the full uniform for the position that they are currently registered in.  Venture Crew members are required to wear grey pants.  Jeans are not considered official uniforming for Wood Badge.

What are the Training Prerequisites for Wood Badge?

One of the requirements for taking Wood Badge is to complete the basic training requirements for your primary position prior to attending. BSA Basic Training was completely revamped in 2001, read below to see which basic training requirements apply to you.

  • If you took basic training before September, 2001, and have not changed positions since that time, you are qualified for Wood Badge. These courses fulfill the basic training requirements:
    • Cub Scouters – Cub Scout Basic Training
    • Scouts BSA – Scoutmaster Fundamentals
    • Venturing Scouters – Venturing Basic Training
    • District or Council Committee – District Committee Training Workshop
    • Unit or District Commissioners – Commissioner Basic Training
  • If you took basic training after September, 2001, or have changed positions after that time, you must take Leader Specific Training for your position. Assistant leaders take the same course as the leader. These are the required courses:
    • Tiger/Wolf/Bear/Webelos Den Leader – Den Leader Specific Training
    • Pack Committee Chair or Member – Pack Committee Leader Specific Training
    • Cubmaster – Cubmaster Leader Specific Training
    • Scoutmaster – Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
    • Troop Committee Chair or Member – Troop Committee Challenge
    • Venturing Advisor – Venturing Leader Specific Training
    • District or Council Committee – District Committee Training Workshop, or District Committee Basic Training (online)
    • Unit or District Commissioners – Commissioner Basic Training

Outdoor Skills Training

All participants are encouraged to complete the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills training before attending Wood Badge, but it is not required.  Cub Scouters might consider taking BALOO.

For more information consult the National Website for Training Updates or contact the Course Director for answers to any questions.

Is Financial Assistance Available?

Yes. It is the goal of the Training Committee to make Wood Badge available to all Scouters. With Wood Badge being the premier leadership course, participants may be partially sponsored by their chartered organizations. A a number of employers may also partially or completely underwrite necessary fees for a Scouter to attend.  An employer information letter is linked here to aid in your request.   Please follow this link to request PTAC Wood Badge scholarship information. Another way to save money is to register early, save $25 by registering and being fully paid before July 19, 2020.  The best way to manage the course fee is to register early and make regular payments until the fee is paid in full.

Qualified Scouters may also apply for these national Wood Badge scholarships (submission deadlines are early spring of the year requested):