Wyatt receives Wood Badge beads

By Clint Parker

Alexander – Donna Wyatt, Committee Chair of Cub Scout Pack 101 in Alexander, was presented her Wood Badge beads on Friday, August 10th in a traditional ceremony led by David Atkins of the Daniel Boone council.

What is the Wood Badge? The Wood Badge is a leadership training course for Scouters and their adult leaders. At the completion of the course the individual receives a certificate, a small neckerchief, a leather slide, and two small wooden beads on a leather thong.

“Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, directed the first course in 1919 and gave each of the participants one of the beads which he had captured from the African chieftain Dinizulu. Thus did the course name develop, for its symbol was literally a badge of wood,” says

“Wood Badge is, further, Scouting’s premier training course. Baden-Powell designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. It is first and foremost, learning by doing,” the site says. “The members of the course are formed into patrols and these into a troop. The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors for a week, camping, cooking their own meals, and practicing Scout skills.”

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