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Wood Badge Beads

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 BSA National Wood Badge wears five.

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Ticket Workbook Document

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. 

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One Week Count Down

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 lives as well as their professional life. 

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Your Troop Guides

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 a lot about them.

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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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