You are invited to attend Wood Badge!

Wood Badge is the highest level and most exciting training program for adult Scout Leaders and professionals in all program areas.

The Wood Badge experience comes with decades of Scouting knowledge, a skilled and helpful staff, and a guided tour through the Scouting program. 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 portion, you will apply your newly acquired skills to complete the five goals of your choosing.

You’re invited to participate in Wood Badge in Greater Tampa Bay Council!


WHO  Registered member of the Boy Scouts of America, aged 18 years and older.

WHEN & WHERE – See below

Upcoming Wood Badge Courses

• Fall 2020 Oct. 9-11 and Nov 7-8, participants: register here

Staff: register here


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. 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.

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