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The 2017 course (N6-524-17 Wood Badge) will take place on two weekends:
(Participants must attend both full, three-day weekends)

March 31 - April 2 at Bashore Scout Reservation in Jonestown, PA
AND April 29 - May 1, 2017 at J. Edward Mack Scout Reservation in Newmanstown, PA.

Click Here to register online (preferred)
Click Here to download the 2017 course flyer
Click Here to download the 2017 Employer Letter
Click Here to download the 2017 Wood Badge Scholarship Pledge Card

Wood Badge - The Mountaintop of Scout Training!

Wood Badge is a premier adult leadership-training course for the Boy Scouts of America. Wood Badge was originally presented by the founder of Scouting, Lord Baden Powell, in 1919 as a means of strengthening the Scouting movement throughout the world.

The Wood Badge of today teaches contemporary leadership and team development skills in the outdoor setting of Scouting. Aside from teaching new skills, the experience also strengthens Scouting in our units, our districts, and our councils.

Course hosted in conjunction between the Pennsylvania Dutch Council and Chester County Council.


  • To develop better understanding of the purpose and goals of the Scouting program and how they are attained
  • To learn the techniques of Leadership Training and Unit Operations
  • To share in the fun and fellowship of an exciting regional-level training course.

Wood Badge Reunion Dinner

2016 Reunion Patch

Join your fellow Wood Badgers for food and fellowship Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Yoder’s Family Restaurant in New Holland, PA.

Registration begins at 6:00 PM with an All You Can Eat Buffet Dinner beginning at 6:30 PM. The evening’s program will begin at 7:30 PM.

Cost - $25.00

For additional information please download this flyer or Register online here

What is Wood Badge for the 21st Century?

The Wood Badge for the 21st Century experience is training for adult leaders from all scouting programs. It provides participants with firsthand knowledge regarding how teams develop and achieve excellence. Participants take part in an active learning process through involvement in planning, development, presentation and assessment. Participants will enjoy a world-class learning experience that will strengthen their long-term commitment to Scouting and provide them with valuable leadership skills.

Wood Badge is a series of fun and educational weekend training activities that develop you into a better Scout leader. There is some physical challenge involved, but nothing that should keep anyone from attending this great opportunity. The time constraints are tight, but only because we jam so many great training activities into the weekends. Some of the activities covered are:

  • Camping as a patrol.
  • Putting the patrol method into practice by camping, cooking and working as a group.
  • Leadership skills development.
  • Learning games and activities that will work well in your unit.
  • Developing friendships that will last a lifetime.
  • Conduct patrol meetings (not at camp) between your first and second weekends at camp.

Who may attend?

All Registered adult Scouters from Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing, who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be registered adults of the Boy Scouts of America (there is no minimum tenure requirements).

  2. Have not previously attended a Wood Badge course.

  3. Have completed the basic training courses for their Scouting position.*

  4. Have completed the outdoor skills training programs appropriate for their Scouting positions.*

  5. Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment. Successful completion of the Annual Health & Medical Record is required for all participants.

  6. Attend all sessions. There are no make-up opportunities. If an attendee has to miss any of the sessions they will be dropped from the course and will be asked to return the following year to attend the entire program. This includes attendance at any patrol meetings during the intervening week between the first and second weekend.

For those who attended the 2016 course:

Letter to Employer about 2016 Course

Thank you to our
Major Event Sponsors: