Re: Wood Badge Paraphernalia
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sat, 3 Aug 1996 09:18:20 +0100
The Camp Chief of Gilwell wears six of the original beads as a badge of
office. Actually the title Camp Chief was changed to Director of Leader
Training of The Scout Association quite a few years back to more
accurately define trhe role. He is a member of the training coordination
committee of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.
It is possible that other national directors of training or whatever wear
five beads - maybe somebody else can confirm this.
Interestingly there are very few courses run at Gilwell these days, as
training has been devolved to Counties ( councils) here in UK. Here every
leader has to complete Wood Badge - there is no " Basic training " as
such any more and everyone is expected to get Wood Badge within three
years of appointment, and two in the case of Commissioners. The Wood
Badge is for a particular section and if you change roles you have to
do the part of the course for the new role - e.g. I have Cub Scout Leader
( not trainer as in BSA - all Leaders including assistants are required
to do it ) and Group Scout Leader /Commissioner. I did the Scout course
(at Gilwell as it happens ) but became GSL before I completed the
projects (ticket) ... so when I got involved with BSA I did the Boy Scout
WB again at Philmont.
Boy Scout trainer, Channel district, Transatlantic council BSA
Asst Group Scout Leader, 25th Greenwich Scout Group, Greater London
I used to be a Beaver ...
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