Norfolk Wood Badge Achievers

Norfolk Adult Volunteers recognised for their skills and competence

Congratulations to the following nine Norfolk Adult Leaders, Managers or Supporters who have been recommended for their Wood Badge during October or November 2017 after completing the necessary learning and knowledge validation for their role.

Peter Allen, Northern Norwich (Section Leader, Scouts)

Lori Bennett, North East Norfolk (Assistant Section Leader, Beaver Scouts)

Mary-Lindsay Buck, Central Norfolk (Assistant Section Leader, Beaver Scouts)

Michael Cole, North East Norfolk (Assistant Group Scout Leader)

Paula Humphrey, Eastern Norwich (Section Leader, Beaver Scouts)

Keith Ingham, Northern Norwich (Assistant Section Leader, Beaver Scouts)

Kirsty Keeley, Central Norfolk (Group Scout Leader)

Sarah Killick, South West Norfolk (Assistant Section Leader, Beaver Scouts)

Luke Kittridge, Southern Norwich (Assistant Section Leader, Scouts)

This brings the total number of Wood Badges achievers in Norfolk during 2017 to 64.

Well done everyone!

What is the Wood Badge?

On the morning of 8 September 1919, 19 men dressed in short trousers and knee socks, their shirt sleeves rolled up, assembled for the first Scoutmasters’ training camp at Gilwell Park. The camp was designed and run by Robert Baden-Powell.

Afterwards, Baden-Powell gave each man a simple wooden bead from a necklace he had found in a Zulu chieftain’s deserted hut whilst on campaign in South Africa in 1888. The Scoutmasters’ training course was a great success, and continued to be held year after year. Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.

The Wood Badge is a Scouting programme and award for adults in the Scout associations around the world. The Wood Badge course is designed so that adult Scouters can learn; in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. On completion, participants are awarded the beads to recognise their significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people, and to welcome them to membership of the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group.

Although the programme has changed over the years, the essence of the original Wood Badge still remains. Adults use their new and existing knowledge and skills to complete training, which is designed to strengthen the individual and the quality of Scouting they can provide to young people.

When an Adult decides to change the role they do in Scouting, they work to complete a new Wood Badge to re-affirm their understanding demonstrate their increased competence in the new role they are engaged with.