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Cedar Badge

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Cedar Badge is a leadership training camp in the Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Cedar Badge is held each year at the Treasure Mountain Scout Camp which is near Driggs, Idaho.[1] There are actually three programs at Cedar Badge, one for Boy Scouts, one for Varsity Scouts, and one for Venturing Scouts.[2] In the past, Cedar Badge was held in a single session the last week of June (Monday-Saturday). However, beginning in 2007 the program will be split into two sessions, held the last two weeks of June, to accommodate all those who wish to participate. It is expected that nearly 500 scouts will attend in 2007.[3]

Upon starting the course, each participant receives a Cedar Badge T-shirt and neckerchief. At the end of the week, once the participants have completed the course, each participant receives a Cedar Badge patch.[2]

Each year after the course is over, a number of Cedar Badge staff and participants come together and march at the head of the Idaho Falls 4th of July parade.[4]


All programs include daily leadership instruction and hands-on experience working in a patrol, squad, or crew.[2]

Boy Scouts

The Boy Scout program includes an outpost camp.[3]


The Varsity program includes rappelling, an outpost camp, geocaching, and a Varsity Rendezvous.[3]


The Venturing Scout program includes at least one all-male crew and at least one co-ed crew. Venturing activities include rafting and hiking.[3]


A youth Board of Directors,[1] chosen from the staff, is responsible for planning and organizing Cedar Badge.


File:Cedar Badge prior to 2005.jpeg
The Cedar Badge patch prior to 2005, with a penny next to it for size comparison

Captian Thomas Jerry Wadsworth, a retired captain in the US Navy, founded Cedar Badge in 1967.[5] Wadsworth died June 3, 1992 at the age of 75.[6]

In 2004, Cedar Badge switched from being a Junior Leader Training (JLT) program to being a National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) program.[5] This resulted in a large change in the curriculum being taught. Notably, before 2004 all Cedar Badge participants were asked to complete a Leadership Growth Agreement after they went home. The Leadership Growth Agreement was awarded in the form of a white patch that the Cedar Badge patch could be sewn to.[2]

So far, Cedar Badge has only been held the last week in June. In 2006, the Cedar Badge Board of Directors decided that the program had grown so large that it could no longer accommodate all the participants in a single week because the impact on Treasure Mountain Scout Camp was becoming too great. Starting in 2007, the program will be split into two sessions, held the last two weeks of June.[3]

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mower, Daniel (2006-06-22). "'Rappel' your fears". The Post Register: B1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Cedar Badge: An Introduction for Scouts and Leader". Grand Teton Council. 2003. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Microsoft Word - CBFlyer_Gen_2007.doc". Grand Teton Council. 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  4. "Idaho Falls Parade lineup". The Post Register (2004-07-04): G8.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Plothow, Roger, J. Robb Brady, Marty Trillhaase, Dean Miller (2005-07-08). "Cheers and Jeers: Missed and dissed". The Post Register: A8.
  6. "Thomas J. Wadsworth". Obituaries. The Post Register (1992-06-04): B2.