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 orientation in Arab, Alabama. I may be a little biased but I think this will be one of the best group of staffers we have ever had, and that’s saying a lot.

Scoutmaster John Trichell led us through the day as his Assistant Scoutmasters outlined what was expected from their staff. Presentations were assigned and we all feasted on some great grub from Grubmaster Bill Rice and his staff. If this was any indication, we will eat well on this course.

What about our participants? I am happy to say that we already have a group of scouters signed up for the course. We are no where near full but that is no reason to be complacent if you are thinking of attending. Once the new year is here, we expect people to start signing up. It will have been a year since the last course and it will be at least a year until the next course. This should be a very popular course and we want you to attend.

Are you a Wood Badge Alumni? Send someone from your unit. Are you a new cub scout leader and don’t think this applies to you? Far from it. I took Wood Badge after a year in cub scouts and it helped me tremendously. Not only as a cub leader but it helped me get my boys ready to become a boy scout.

If you are ready to sign up, just click on the button to the right. If you want a brochure to send to a friend, download it here. And of course send them back to for more information.

SM John Trichell checks out his new belt buckle, bedazzled for his position.

SM John Trichell checks out his new belt buckle, bedazzled for his position.

The staff is learning, or relearning songs for weekend 1.

The staff is learning, or relearning songs for weekend 1.

Every meeting ends with the Gilwell song.

Every meeting ends with the Gilwell song.

Some of the grub staff, "Back to Gilwell, Happy Land..."

Some of the grub staff, “Back to Gilwell, Happy Land…”

Leading When You Have Doubt

by Shawn Wright on November 10, 2014

General Dwight D. Eisenhower

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 see way too many Cubmasters who have taken on most all the roles in their pack only to be teetering on the edge of burn-out. They don’t trust or they just don’t reach out to the leaders around them for help and support.

At Wood Badge we teach the skills to lead and get out of the way. We teach the patrol method so leaders can implement it within their patrols, in their pack committee, in their business and even at home. It’s a versatile skill to know.

On this Veterans Day eve, I came across a story on LinkedIn called “2 Tips On Leading When You Have Doubt.” It’s about General Dwight D. Eisenhower and D-Day. It’s about knowing when to lead and when to get out of the way. I hope it brings some inspiration to you.


Wood Badge at ScoutFest

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 will be located just inside the ice arena. If you are signed up for ScoutFest then you have no excuse but to stop by. If you didn’t sign up but want to attend, the ScoutFest staff will let walk-ups attend. It will cost $55 for the day and $75 if you want to spend the night. Unfortunately you won’t get fed. That was the main reason for the reservations.

“We hope to have a lot of our alumni stop by during the day to catch up with their fellow “critters” says David Keith, coordinator of the event, and Scoutmaster of the S9-113 course. “We are planning to not only have informal social time, but will be hosting a Gilwell assembly at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.”

The Gilwell assemblies will host several “beading” ceremonies for recent participants who have completed their Wood Badge tickets. There will also be a branding station to get your favorite items properly branded with course specific brands as well as the ScoutFest brand.

If you haven’t been to Wood Badge, or don’t know what Wood Badge is, John Trichell and several members of his 2015 course staff will be on site to answer questions and to get you signed up for the course. If you want to get a head start, visit the online registration, sign up and stop by to let everyone know you will be attending the spring 2015 course and meet some of the staffers.

In honor of Scout Fest, the Council has authorized a limited edition, reunion-specific council shoulder patch, and a general Wood Badge Alumni council shoulder patch. Both will be available for purchase and proceeds will go towards helping fund future Wood Badge scholarships.

See you at Gilwell!

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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S9-113 Wood Badgers receive their beads

August 18, 2014

Wood Badgers Shawn Holcomb and Reed Carpenter from course S9-113 received their beads, scarf and woggle at a joint court of honor with their troop 7676. Both of them are leaders in the troop and Shawn’s son Zach received his Eagle the same night. You can read more about their achievement by visiting the article at […]

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Announcing Wood Badge Course S9-115, April and May 2015

May 19, 2014

The next Wood Badge course in the Greater Alabama Council will take place in April and May of 2015. Course Director for S9-115 will be John Trichell. John is currently Scoutmaster at Troop 777 in Gadsden and was a participant on SR-865 and has served on numerous courses. You can view his bio as well […]

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Scenes from Weekend 1 Part 3

April 10, 2014

It’s Thursday before the course and most of the staff is on the road headed to Camp Westmoreland for Weekend 2 of Wood Badge S9-114. We expect some of the participants to spend the night on the edge of camp and be ready for the pack line bright and early. It’s going to be great […]

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Scenes From Weekend 1 part 2

April 9, 2014

Here are some more photos to get you in the Wood Badge mood.

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Scenes From Weekend 1

April 8, 2014

Weekend 2 for course S9-114 is almost here. Those of us on course have been very busy getting ready for this next weekend at Camp Westmoreland. We have been a little slack posting updates on the site so instead of a long story we thought we should treat you to some photos instead courtesy of […]

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