Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 23:55:37 +0000
Here in UK it is usual to present a section Scouter ( Beaver Scout. Cub
Scout, Scout or Venture Scout Leader ) with the Wood Badge at an occasion
when the members are present , either at a unit meeting or at a group event.
The rationale is that the Scouts get to see that their leaders also have
to complete training. My two UK Wood Badges were presented by the
District Commissioner, the Cub Scout one at a Pack meeting ( not like
BSA , we meet every week so this was just a regular meeting with the kids
not a parents' evening ) and my Group Scout Leader WB at the Group Annual
General Meeting with parents and boys present.
( When I say " have to complete training " it is because every British
leader is <required> to complete the relevant WB in three years , or two
for a Commissioner. There are no other medals, patches or uniform awards for
training in UK Scouting, so the Wood Badge is the sign of a " trained "
When I got my BSA Wood Badge it was from a Council in the States , so the
certificate and beads came in the post. I don't think anyone ever
presented them formally. I did have my Scouter Training Award presented
at the District Volunteer Recognition Dinner , however.
Asst Group Scout Leader 25th Greenwich, London UK
District Committee Member, Channel District, Transatlantic Council BSA
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