SMLST Class at Vulcan Camporee

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 council.

Talakto is offering IOLS training on November 15 and 16 at Camp Westmoreland in Florence. You can download the brochure and register online at

Vulcan District is offering IOLS training on November 1-2 at Camp Tekawitha and on March 20-21 at a place to be determined.

If you need SMLST training, you can take it at the Birmingham and Vulcan Districts training day on October 11. This will be held at Samford University. To register for that event fill out this online form. All scout leaders are invited to this event.

There will be another SMLST training event held during Vulcan District Camporee at Tannehill State Park on February 21 .

Don’t wait till the last minute, get trained now.


Training at Wood Badge S9-114

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 step is to have a current BSA Health and Medical Record. The health and medical record is good for one year, just make sure that by the time Wood Badge gets here your form has not expired. You can download the most current form here.

I get an annual physical at the beginning of the new year. I have made it a point to have a filled-out form so I can have my physician fill-out and sign part C while I am there. Part C is required for any outing lasting over 72 hours. All Wood Badge staffers need to have this section completed. If you have any questions, download the annual health and medical record information and faq pdf.

UPDATE – Since we posted this story, the S9-115 has returned from the course director conference with an updated syllabus. Parts A, B and C of the “Annual Health and Medical Form” must all be used by staff AND participants for all courses held in 2015. Part C has the doctor’s signature. Make sure you plan for this.

Another requirement to attend Wood Badge is to be fully-trained for your position. If you are a cub scout den leader then all your training can be taken online. This is the case for all cub scout leaders as well as pack and troop committee members. If you are a Boy Scout scoutmaster or assistant scoutmaster you need to plan ahead.

To be a fully trained SM or ASM you must take Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training (SMLST) and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS). SMLST is a day long training while IOLS is a weekend event where you will camp and work as a patrol.

These two training courses are offered by the districts but they are not held all the time. Some districts may only hold one event per year so it’s a good idea to start looking for training events in your district as well as ones around you.

Birmingham and Vulcan Districts are having a Day of Training on October 11 at Samford University in Homewood. If you are are a cub scout leader and you prefer to have your training in person there are classes for you. Do you need SMLST? There will be a class taught.

If you can’t make this event then start looking around. To help you out, there is a post on the Vulcan District website with a list of all the fall 2014 district training calendars. More importantly your district training chairs and district executives are listed with contact information.

Don’t get left out of Wood Badge. Get trained for your position and by all means sign up for the course before it is full.

Shawn Holcomb, from left, and Reed Carpenter received the Wood Badge Award and helped Tucker Pearson, Zach Nash, Samuel Sandstrom, Zach Holcomb and Colton Pearson to receive the Eagle Scout Award. (CONTRIBUTED)

Shawn Holcomb, from left, and Reed Carpenter received the Wood Badge Award and helped Tucker Pearson, Zach Nash, Samuel Sandstrom, Zach Holcomb and Colton Pearson to receive the Eagle Scout Award. (CONTRIBUTED)

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 The Madison Record. We look forward to reading more about beadings that are happening throughout the state.

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 […]

Read the full article → S.M.A.R.T. Goals

March 19, 2014

Everyone has made it back home after weekend one of Wood Badge course S9-114. It was a great weekend and probably a bit of a challenge for some as they defined their vision for scouting and completed five goals. They are spending the time between the courses to refine these goals and make sure they […]

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March 10, 2014

On Friday of this week, March 14, the participants of Wood Badge course S9-114 will gather at Camp Comer to begin their journey. Most won’t have a clue what to expect and readers of this website will know only a little more. We want you to attend but we don’t want to give away the […]

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Why You Should Attend A Wood Badge Course

February 3, 2014

Are you looking for a reason to sign up for the Spring 2014 course? Do you need a little help getting getting a fellow leader to attend the course? In this video, four Wood Badge staffers give you reasons to attend. We hope this inspires you to sign up for S9-114 which is a little […]

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