Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills. Courses generally have a combined classroom and practical outdoors-based phase followed by a Wood Badge ticket. On completion of the course, participants are awarded the Wood Badge beads to recognize significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people.
About Wood Badge in brief
Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills. Courses generally have a combined classroom and practical outdoors-based phase followed by a Wood Badge ticket, also known as the project phase. On completion of the course, participants are awarded the Wood Badge beads to recognize significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people. The phrase ‘working your ticket’ comes from a story attributed in Scouting legend to Baden-Powell: Upon completion of a British soldier’s service in India, he had to pay the cost of his ticket home. The most affordable way for a soldier to return was to engineer a series of assignments that reach both heart and mind. Part of the transformative power of the Wood badge experience is the use of the most effective use of metaphor and tradition to reach the most success. In Scout associations, \”working the ticket\”, participants put their newly gained experience into practice to attain ticket goals aiding the Scouting movement. In the Boy Scouts of America, they are also assigned to one of the traditional Wood Badge \”critter\” patrols. The exact curriculum varies from country to country, but the training generally includes both theoretical and experiential learning. Classroom and outdoor training are often combined and taught together, and occur over one or more weeks or weekends. The locale of all initial training is referred to as Gilwell Field, no matter its geographical location. All course participants are introduced to the 1st Gilwell Scout group or Gil well Scout Troop 1.
The neckerchief with the braided leather woggle denotes the membership of the 1th Gilwell Scouts Group or Gilwell Troo 1. After completion, a participant is said to have earned his way back to the Gilwell back to his back to participate in the course again. After the course ends, a member of the Scout family is called a ‘Wood Badger’. The Wood Badge is an award for adult leaders in the programmes of Scout associations throughout the world. The first Wood Badge training was organized by Francis ‘Skipper’ Gidney and lectured at by Robert Badan-P Powell and others at Gilwell Park in September 1919. The course was attended by 18 participants, and other lecturers. It was produced by Percy Everett, the Commissioner of Training, and Baden Powell himself gave lectures. After this first course, Wood badge training continued at Gil well Park, and it became the home of leadership training in the Scout movement. The main goals of a Wood badge course are to: develop new knowledge and skills to strengthen the individual’s leadership and resilience in a unit’ and strengthen the unit’s resilience in the face of adversity. It is also the culmination of the training program to become a “Wood Badge member” or “A Wood Badger,” an adult Scout leader in a Scout association. The award is a pair of small wooden beads, one on each end of a leather thong, is worn around the neck as part of the Scouts uniform.