Financial Aid

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Payment of the course fee should never be a reason not to take Wood Badge.

  • Many Scout units offer to pay for all or a portion of Wood Badge. You should talk to your committee chair to see what funds are available from your unit.
  • Many employers realize the value of this training and will agree to pay for part or all of your fees.
  • Some civic and other organizations have money available for Wood Badge, including the VFW, the AFL-CIO, and LDS Stakes to name a few.

AFL-CIO Wood Badge Scholarship Program

Rational

AFL-CIO Community ServicesA survey conducted by the Boy Scouts of America revealed that one of every four unit leaders is a union member. This means that hundreds of thousands of union members are actively serving the youth of their community in such leadership roles as Cubmasters, den leaders, Scoutmasters, Varsity Scout Coaches, Venturing Advisors, and committee members.
Recognizing this, it is proper that the AFL-CIO offer a Wood Badge scholarship to assist selected union members in acquiring skills that will better equip them to serve the youth of their communities.

Guidelines

  1. This scholarship program covers the current Wood Badge course, which was updated in 2000. Wood Badge has been developed for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing leaders, as well as council and district leaders. The focus of the course is on the development of leadership skills, not outdoor skills.
  2. There shall be awarded annually three scholarships for each BSA region, for a total of 12.
  3. Scholarships will cover the tuition fee only. The recipient must furnish transportation to and from Wood Badge training locations.
  4. Eligibility shall be limited to lifetime and dues-paying union members.
  5. Applicants must satisfy all Wood Badge course prerequisites.
  6. All applications will be reviewed by AFL-CIO members involved with Scouting.

Application

Download an application form for the AFL-CIO Wood Badge Scholarship 

VFW Wood Badge Scholarship Program

Rationale

VWF LogoThe VFW has entered into a cooperative effort with the Boy Scouts of America to encourage posts to organize Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews. To further this effort, the VFW national headquarters offers Wood Badge scholarships to assist selected chapter members in acquiring skills that will better equip them to serve the youth of their communities. Members at large and retirees can qualify by being sponsored by the nearest VFW post in their area.

Guidelines

  1. This scholarship program covers Wood Badge courses. Wood Badge is an six-day training course involving Scoutcraft and leadership skills for unit-, district-, and council-level volunteers.
  2. There shall be awarded annually three scholarships for each BSA region for a total of 12.
  3. Scholarships will cover the tuition fee only. The recipient must furnish transportation to and from Wood Badge course locations.
  4. Applicants must satisfy all Wood Badge course prerequisites.
  5. Applicants must be VFW members in good standing.

Application Form

Download an application form for the VFW Wood Badge Scholarship