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Prairielands Council Wood Badge Course

Wood Badge is an advanced, national leadership course. Scouters from Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, and district and council Scouters all are welcome and belong here.


Wood Badge takes its name from wooden beads that are awarded after completing the course, a tradition that started with the first Wood Badge course in 1919 offered by Baden Powell.


Wood Badge is not about Scout skills. The course focuses on leadership topics like:

  • Listening

  • Managing conflict

  • Leading change

  • Stages of team development

  • Coaching & Mentoring

  • Leadership for different stages

  • Servant leadership

  • Project planning

Eligibility Requirements
  • Registered adult Scouter
  • complete basic training for your primary Scouting position

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2024 Prairielands Council Wood Badge Course Registration & Information 

Welcome to Wood Badge course NST 6 - 117 -24! First, let me extend my congratulations to you for signing up for this advanced leadership training course. I promise this will be one of the best training experiences you will ever have. I have assembled a staff of the finest trainers in Prairielands Council to ensure it. We are all looking forward to meeting you on “Gilwell Field" in April.

All outstanding course fees must be received by Prairielands Council and paid in full by March 1, 2024. The course is being conducted over two weekends at Camp Robert Drake. The first weekend runs Friday, April 5th through Sunday, April 7th. The second weekend runs Saturday, April 20th through Sunday April 21st. You must attend all five days in order to complete this phase of the training course. There will be one or two patrol meetings between course weekends. The dates, times and locations of these meetings will be determined by your patrol during the first weekend.

Check in begins at 7:00 a.m. on both weekends, so plan to arrive in the main parking lot and allow time to unload your personal gear. You MUST have your completed BSA medical form (Part A & B), dated within a year of April 21st, 2024 at registration. Please remember to include a copy of both sides your medical insurance card . Per BSA policy, we cannot allow you to participate on the course without it. At registration, the staff will collect any outstanding paperwork, check your medical form, and review any dietary/physical requirements. The course schedule is extremely tight and set up time will be limited.

During the Wood Badge course, you must wear the full uniform of your primary position in Scouting (scout shirt & pants). The first weekend will be filled with instruction in various leadership skills. All meals will be prepared by our outstanding culinary staff. The second weekend will be your “outdoor experience,” which you will plan by the conclusion of the first weekend. You will camp and cook as a patrol using the “Leave No Trace” principles. There will be a relatively short hike to the outdoor experience area, and we will make accommodations as required based on physical limitations.

There will also be a trading post set up for the purchase of Wood Badge patches and mementos as well as clothing and other items. Please have cash, credit card and/or checks available. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact me. On behalf of myself and the staff of NST6-117-24, we look forward to meeting you on April 5th!!!

Any questions? Contact our course director below!

Levi David Marriott
Course Director NST 6 - 117 -24
106 South Sixth
Saint Joseph, IL 61873
(217) 621-1700


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