You’re invited to attend Wood Badge!

WoodBadgePentagonMediumWood Badge is the highest level training program for adult Scout leaders in all program areas and Scout professionals.

You will learn how to be a better leader, manage conflict, and develop your adult and youth leaders so they can effectively plan projects and achieve objectives. The first section is practical training which takes place in a camp setting; during this portion of the course you will learn and practice a variety of leadership skills. During the second section, you will apply your newly acquired skills to complete five goals of your choosing.

Adult Leaders! Is it time for you to take the next step in training? Have you satisfied all of the training for your current position? Are you looking toward your next position of leadership? Now’s the time to step up and complete your training by taking Wood Badge!

Upcoming Wood Badge Courses

Fall 2017 Course

When: Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 27-29
Where: Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation, 1201 Boy Scout Camp Rd, Lakes Wales 33898

Cost: $225 course fee, with $50 deposit due with registration form

Download Course Flyer & Form (.pdf file, V2)

Online Registration

Questions? Contact:
Randall M. MacDonald, Course Director
(863) 838-5373 (cell)

AJ Gonzales, Staff Advisor
(813) 245-9415 (cell)

Visit for full course details

Spring 2018 Course

When: March 8-11 and April 5-8, 2018
Where: Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville 34613 and Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation, 1201 Boy Scout Camp Road, Lake Wales 33898
Cost: TBA

Questions? Contact:
Earl Richardson, Interim Council Wood Badge Coordinator,

Wood Badge Staff Survey

Greater Tampa Bay Area Council is currently developing a database of potential Wood Badge staff members. If you are interested in serving on a future Wood Badge course, please complete our survey.



If you cannot pay the entire fee, there are multiple options available to you. Ask your unit or chartering organization for assistance. Some labor unions and employers will pay a portion since you are gaining valuable workplace skills. Also, the council has a Wood Badge Scholarship Fund. Amount granted, if any, depends on availability of funds, overall demand, and information provided. To apply for a scholarship, you must turn in your course application form, your $50 deposit, and a completed Application for Wood Badge Training Scholarship (v1). Deadline to turn in a scholarship application is 60 days before the course starts.

To contribute to the scholarship fund, please contact the Staff Advisor listed above.

Wood Badge Reunion Held At Camp Soule

The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council held a reunion of adult leaders who have earned the right to wear the Wood Badge beads by completing the formal course and their tickets. Among the more than 100 alumni who attended the event were course directors from 13 previous Wood Badge courses.


Pictured left to right in the front row: Bob Swain, Trish Guglielmi, Alice Cliff, Kim Vogel, Ken Lowe, Jack Smetzer, Kathy Labus, and Natalie Coser.

Pictured left to right in the back row: Earl Richardson, Bruce Nichols, Bill Guglielmi, Mark Rose, and Gregg Hilferding