Upcoming Events
Wed 24

Merit Badge University – 4/23/19-4/25/19

Apr 23 @ 8:30 am - Apr 25 @ 3:00 pm
Manchester NH
Sat 27

Merit Badge Pro Series

Apr 27 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
May 02

Council Recognition Dinner

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Manchester NH
May 04

Monster Jam Scout Night

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
May 11

Merit Badge Workshop – 5/11/2019

May 11 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Manchester NH
(603) 625-6431   info@nhscouting.org
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Wood Badge is for all leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. It has been developed for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. The course content and leadership principles learned will provide a common foundation of leadership skills to be used throughout all program areas.

Each person participating in Wood Badge training must be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America and have completed the basic training courses for his/her Scouting position, and must provide a completed BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (Sections A, B, and C with a doctor’s signature).

The Wood Badge Course is limited to 48 participants. After the first 48, applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Acceptance from the waiting list will first be given to fully paid registrations.

Hidden Valley, Griswold Scout Reservation, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH

Cost: $260 Early Bird/ $285 Regular Fee
A non-refundable deposit of $75.00 will secure your enrollment. To obtain the Early Bird rate of $260.00, you must be paid in full by March 1st, 2019. All payments completed and registrations initiated after March 2nd, 2019, will be for the regular $285 fee.  Details will follow in your information packet sent to all registered participants.

Wood Badge Scholarships (up to 50% of the Early Bird fee) are available to qualified participants. Please contact John Arico, Course Director at jascouter@comcast.net for details and application.

There are two parts to Wood Badge training: the practical course and the application phase. Both must be completed to receive the Wood Badge recognition – two wooden beads to be worn around the neck on a leather thong.

The practical part is a three-weekend experience to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. The course is a multifaceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best Scouting traditions and the latest in team development theory. In addition, participants enjoy the fellowship of learning with many other Scouters, and along the way we have a great deal of fun!

The application part of Wood Badge is a period of up to 18 months during which the participant practices and demonstrates a working knowledge of the leadership principles presented during the course. This is accomplished by the use of the Wood Badge “ticket,” which represents the participant’s commitment to complete a set of personal goals related to his/her Scouting position. Completing these goals significantly strengthens the program in which the participant is involved.

Each participant is assigned a ticket counselor who serves as a resource, mentor and Scouting friend. When the counselor and participant determine that the new skills are understood and can be applied to his/her Scouting position, a recommendation is made for the Wood Badge to be awarded.


First Weekend:
Friday, May 17th, 2019 to Sunday, May 19th, 2019
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Second Weekend:
Friday, June 7th, 2019 to Sunday, June 9th, 2019
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Weekend Course Consists of the following:
Two 3-day weekends in camp and one Patrol Meeting in between the two weekends.


John Arico
Course Director

P:  (603) 264-7378
E:  jascouter@comcast.net

Program Department
Valerie Seitz
P:  603-625-6431
E:  valerie.seitz@scouting.org