The Wood Badge turns 100 this September with the centenary of the first Wood Badge training course. Join the celebrations in your state – check out this list of upcoming events around Australia.
Next month we celebrate the centenary of the first Wood Badge training course.
An avid writer, Baden-Powell had published no less than nine books aimed at young people before “Aids to Scoutmastership” was published in 1919 and that first course commenced. BP’s focus was on providing program, through his books, for young people as a priority – adult training came later – in fact 12 years after that first experimental camp on Brownsea Island in 1907 and less than 1 year after the end of World War 1.
BP wrote “The Wood Badge will make quite certain that when I am gone, the future leaders of Scouting will really understand what it is all about and what my intentions have been”. Leaders will have the opportunity to reflect upon this and connect with others at various events being held in each Branch.
Participants can share their photos across the country by using the hashtag #gilwell100au and across the world with #gilwell100
Scouts ACT members will celebrate the Centenary of the Wood Badge at a Gilwell Reunion on 7 September at Camp Cottermouth from 4pm. Registration is through the Members Area>Training>Register for courses here.
Questions or registering manually may be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scouts NSW members will celebrate the Centenary of the Wood Badge across each of their Regions. Contact your local Region Training Commissioner for details of the event taking place in your Region.
Scouts SA members will celebrate the Centenary of the Wood Badge at a Gilwell Reunion on 7 September at Burnside Ballroom from 7pm. Places are limited so don’t delay booking. Event details and tickets can be booked here.
Scouts Victoria are celebrating the Centenary of the Wood Badge in several ways:
Scouts Tasmania are celebrating the occasion with a dinner at the Lea with over 100 acceptances.
Scouts Tasmania is celebrating the Centenary of the Wood Badge with a Gilwell Dinner at its Basic and Advanced Training weekend commencing on 20 September 2019.
All Gilwell Leaders, BP Awardees and King and Queen Awardees in the NT are invited to the dinner and to refresh their training during the rest of the weekend. Leaders can register here.
Scouts WA members will celebrate the Centenary at a Gilwell Reunion on 7 September at Gilwell Training Centre, Karrakup from 2pm
Bookings can be made here.
Queensland branch has been engaging in two major activities to commemorate the anniversary. These activities include: