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Wood Badge

On the morning of 8 September 1919, 19 men dressed in short trousers and knee socks, their shirt sleeves rolled up, assembled for the first Scoutmasters' training camp at Gilwell Park. The camp was designed and run by Robert Baden-Powell.

Afterwards, Baden-Powell gave each man a simple wooden bead from a necklace he had found in a Zulu chieftain's deserted hut whilst on campaign in South Africa in 1888. The Scoutmasters' training course was a great success, and continued to be held year after year. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.

The Wood Badge is a Scouting programme and award for adults in the Scout associations around the world. The Wood Badge course is designed so that adult Scouters can learn; in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting.On completion, participants are awarded the beads to recognize their significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people, and to welcome them to membership of the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group.

Although the programme has changed over the years, the essence of the original Wood Badge still remains. Adults use their new and existing knowledge and skills to complete training, which is designed to strengthen the individual and the quality of Scouting they can provide to young people.

The Wood Badge recommendation form

When an adult in the UK has validated all of the modules necessary to complete their Wood Badge, and when they have agreed the ongoing learning that they will complete in the next year, the recommendation for award of the Wood Badge can be made.

The adult's Training Adviser will inform their County Training Manager that the Wood Badge should be recommended, and the County Training Manager (or Local Training Manager, if the authority has been delegated) recommends to Headquarters that the Wood Badge should be awarded.  Headquarters will then issue the Wood Badge to the appropriate person for it to be presented.

The Wood Badge recommendation form is used by County Training Managers to recommend to Headquarters that a Wood Badge should be awarded.  The form must be signed by the appropriate County Training Manager (or Local Training Manager, where the authority has been delegated), and this will be checked before it is processed at Headquarters. 

 

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