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 shawn@marketcloud.us. You can also contact our Course Director John Trichell at S9115SM@yahoo.com.

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



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 old with a box of sugared cereal. We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and then.

What about you?

There are currently spots open on this course and we want to fill it as soon as possible. Have you been considering attending but just haven’t gotten around to filling out the form? Are you thinking about putting it off one more time? Do it now before the course fills up.

The only course this year

I have been stressing this point to leaders throughout the council. The last Wood Badge course was last spring. The next one probably won’t be until spring of 2016. That’s a long time to wait. Especially considering the kind of training you will get that can help you with your unit, not to mention your career.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Sign up for Wood Badge Now!

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