I would like to extend a warm hello, and welcome to all the Wood Badge participants. You are getting ready to take part in one of the most exciting and beneficial training courses that Scouting has to offer. Not only will you be learning strong leadership skills, and gaining knowledge to last you a lifetime, but you will also be forming friendships that will last a lifetime. To this day I still have a special bond with those that went through SR677, the course I went through as a participant. This will be my 2nd time as a staff member, and I wouldn’t trade the experiences I have had for the world. I know there will be moments when you will seem to be anxious about the course, but it will be more than worth the time you are putting into this fantastic training program. Speaking of time… I also want to thank all of you for giving up your personal time. The commitment you have made to better your units will be the reward to all the hard work. For now, take a deep breath, SMILE, and get ready for a fantastic experience! We are all looking forward to your enthusiasm next week.