Gilwell at S9-113

We just returned from a fantastic Weekend 1 at Wood Badge S9-115. I could go on-and-on about the course but I think this testimonial sums it up best. As soon as we returned I started to monitor the troop and patrol sites to see how the participants are decompressing and how they can be helped. Needless to say the “Wood Badge Spirit” was high.

Out of all the postings, this one stood out. One of our participants sent this email to the leaders in his troop. One of those leaders is also a staffer and sent this to the Troop Guides to let them know the difference they are making in these scouters lives. I asked if I could post this anonymously and it pretty much sums up Wood Badge and why we all make such a commitment to be a part of it.

And for those of you have not been to Wood Badge, Dave was right. Wood Badge is a life changing experience. 

I apologize in advance for my annoying, over-the-top, super Scouter-ness that you will have to endure. I drank deep from the bug juice and I’m now a full convert.

In all seriousness, everyone needs to go. It’s not just another Boy Scout training program. We have an amazing group of Scouters in our Troop. You are all good men and I know you care for and believe very deeply in the Boy Scout movement. But trust me when I say that we’ve only scratched the surface of what this can be. I cannot help but wonder what this would be like if all of you had experienced that I experienced this weekend. I cannot help but wonder what kind of Scouting experience our son’s would have if all of you experienced what I did this past weekend.

It’s a big commitment, I know. I knew I didn’t have time for it before I left. Now it doesn’t matter that I can’t make time. I’m more concerned with making my time matter. The best part is, it’s fun again. Oh, and expect songs. We need to sing more!  ♫=

Wood Badge By The Numbers

by Shawn Wright on February 27, 2015

I produced this video for course S9-113 but it is just as accurate for all courses. If you wonder how Wood Badge gives back to your units, district and council, this video does the math for you.

If you have been thinking about attending a Wood Badge course then the time to go is now. Sign up for S9-115 today!


I was lucky enough to be featured in the Greater Alabama Council’s Digital Eagle this week. I got to tell my story and help promote for course S9-115 that is just a month and a half away.

My name is Shawn Wright and I will be the Senior Patrol Leader for Wood Badge S9-115. I have a son who is a Second-Class Scout and another one who can’t wait to be a Tiger in the fall. When my oldest was a Tiger Cub I grudgingly took BALOO training and I came across a Wood Badge brochure in my packet of information. To make a long story short, I took that course and have staffed 4 more. I took on leadership roles in my pack, my troop, the district and even the council. Wood Badge was the catalyst for me. While I don’t expect you to go overboard like I have, the difference it could make in your unit could be huge.

Because what Wood Badge has done for me, I am inviting you to join me for Wood Badge Course S9-115 on April 10-13 and May 1-3.

Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course for ALL Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing leaders as well as council and district leaders and professionals. There are benefits to volunteers in all the different programs.

At Wood Badge you will learn the patrol method, you will learn about team building, you will be taught advanced leadership skills that will help you to become a better leader than you ever thought possible. You will learn skills that will be relevant in your scouting life and your work life.

Sign up online HERE, but do it now. We can only take 48 participants and if you don’t sign up in time, it will be another year before the next course. That’s too long to wait.

Have you already been Wood Badge trained? Help me spread the word and tell others of your experience at Wood Badge. Ask someone in your unit to attend and help them get signed up.

If you have any questions, contact me at You can also contact our Course Director John Trichell at

If you would like a copy of the brochure, download HERE.

Thanks and I’ll see you at Wood Badge!

Shawn Wright
Senior Patrol Leader
Wood Badge S9-115


Only 2 Months Until The Start of S9-115

February 10, 2015

The only Wood Badge course for 2015 in the Greater Alabama Council is starting 2 months from today. The staff is putting final touches on presentations. The grub staff is getting the menu in order. The quartermaster staff is still deep in the equipment trailer. The Troop Guides are as hyped up as a three year […]

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The BSA Vision Statement

January 26, 2015

If you have ever attended a wood badge course then you have written your own vision statement. Your vision statement may have even changed since you took the course. Did you know that the Boy Scouts have a vision statement? The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a […]

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Staff development for S9-115 has started

December 15, 2014

Things have been a little quiet here at Wood Badge Alabama. The Wood Badge Reunion was a big success at ScoutFest last month but there has not been much to talk about in terms of the next Wood Badge Course in the Greater Alabama Council. That’s all about to change. The entire staff gathered for […]

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Leading When You Have Doubt

November 10, 2014

One of the biggest problems in scouting, business, and life in general is the lack of skills to lead. Not the lack of ability, just the skill needed to lead and then step out of the way. In Scout Troops you hear too many stories of Scoutmasters running the show of their “boy-led” troops. You […]

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Visit the Wood Badge Reunion at ScoutFest

November 2, 2014

Have you been looking for some Wood Badge magic? Maybe just been looking for an excuse to sing the Wood Badge song? Then you need to come to the Wood Badge reunion at ScoutFest. All Wood Badge alumni, current participants, and adults interested in learning about Wood Badge are invited to attend the event which […]

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Upcoming training for Scoutmasters

September 29, 2014

Are you currently registered as a scoutmaster or assistant scoutmaster and you are planning on attending Wood Badge? Are you trained for your position? This would mean you have taken Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) and Scoutmasters Leadership Training (SMLST). If not then there are a couple of training events lined up across the […]

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You must be trained for your position to attend Wood Badge

September 2, 2014

One of the misperceptions of Wood Badge is that there is plenty of time between now and when the course starts. As I write this, there is seven months before the start of course S9-115. Let’s say you have already sent in your application (which I suggest you do sooner rather than later). The next […]

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