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Wood Badge Beads

Posted on: April 17, 2016

Ok, here is the full story. The back story. And the parts that no one tells you about. One of my favorite tokens of the Wood Badge experience are the Wood Badge beads. Participants that have completed their ticket wear two. Staff wear three. Directors/Scoutmasters wear four. The head of…

Ticket Workbook Document

Posted on: April 11, 2016

Participants, We understand there might be some confusion on the Ticket Workbooks you are to use for your tickets.  Please use the attached document for your ticket.  If you already have completed your ticket workbook and it has already been approved by your Troop Guide, that is fine.  Otherwise, please…

One Week Count Down

Posted on: April 11, 2016

The time nears for the best experience of your life!  You have signed up for the best scout training available.  Not only will this course help you in your scouting venture but everyone we know that has taken Wood Badge has stated this is an excellent course for their personal…

Your Troop Guides

Posted on: April 8, 2016

Your Troop Guides are some of the best Scouters that the Heart of Virginia Council has been able to find. There are a number of significantly awarded Scouters with many years’ experience working with youth and teaching adults. I am proud of their many skills and you will certainly learn…

Wood Badge 2017

Posted on: April 7, 2016

Missed Wood Badge 2016 or you just want to experience the best training that the Boy Scouts has to offer? Then SAVE the DATE so you can join us for Wood Badge 2017! September 22-24 and October 14-16, 2017 Please check back often for dates and registration information!

The Leather Thong

Posted on: March 26, 2016

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…

The Woggle

Posted on: March 22, 2016

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…

Before you leave Weekend One – Look Up!

Posted on: March 20, 2016

One 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…

The Gilwell Scarf

Posted on: March 19, 2016

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…

Blue and Gold

Posted on: March 18, 2016

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