Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Leather Thong

The other important part of the Wood Badge, apart from the beads, is the leather thong itself.  Baden-Powell was originally given one during the course of the Siege of Mafeking in 1899/1900 when things were not going too well. An elderly man met him and asked him about his unusually depressed appearance.

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The Woggle

For full details about the history of the woggle see the Archives Information Sheet The origins of the woggle. The woggle was first created in the early 1920s by Bill Shankley, a member of the Gilwell staff. He produced a two-strand Turk’s head slide which was adopted as the official woggle.

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Before you leave Weekend One – Look Up!

Stained-Glass-300x200One of the challenges of a scout leader taking a group of new young scouts on a trail hike is to get them to look and listen to all the things around them and not just focus on the trail ahead.  The great things found in the out-of-doors are all around us and to see or hear them we must be observant.

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The Gilwell Scarf

William de Bois Maclaren, a Scottish businessman and the District Commissioner for  Rossneath, Dunbartonshire, paid £7,000 in 1919 to buy Gilwell Park, a 55-acre estate on the edge of Epping Forest, London, as a training centre for Scouters and as a camp site for Scouts. He also paid another £3,000 to help put the Wite House into good repair,

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Blue and Gold

What a GREAT Blue and Gold and Crossover for all the scouts to Troop 1.
The journey has just started!

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WB2016 Starts Tomorrow

WOW.. Where has all the time gone?  It is hard to believe that WB2016 actually starts tomorrow!  The moment that we have all been waiting for has arrived.  The staff has been at the camp preparing for this since yesterday getting everything just right for all of you.  If you have any questions please email your course director.

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We start getting prepped

Day -1 for Wood Badge 2016 starts tomorrow. Will see some staffers tomorrow and the rest on Day 0.

Then Friday we meet our fellow scouters to start what this has all been leading up to.

Can’t wait!!

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Kenny Jones – Asst Scribe Photo

CaptureWood Badge Course / Critter: SR-769 Eagle

Scout Unit: Troop 799

District: Cardinal

Years in Scouting: 20

Highest Rank: Webelo Scout ( give or take )

Current Registered Position:

  • Assistant Scoutmaster T-799
  • Cardinal District Unit Commissioner
  • Assistant Scribe – Course Historian Wood Badge 2016

CLICK HERE to see the full BIO for Kenny Jones – Asst Scribe Photo

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Dywana Saunders-Confroy – Asst Scribe Paper

dywanaWood Badge Course / Critter: Bobwhite

Scout Unit: Troop and Crew 876

District: Huguenot Trail

Years in Scouting: around 10 BSA, and about 10 in Girl Scouts

Highest Rank: First Class Girl Scout

Current Registered Position: Unit Commissioner,

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You Might Be A Wood Badger…

If the sales operators at the BSA distribution center’s 800 number recognize your voice ..  You Might Be A Wood Badger!

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