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Are we there yet?

When I was a kid, before there were TV’s in cars or iPod’s with earphones, traveling from Richmond to my Dad’s hometown in Rutland, Vermont seemed to take an excruciatingly long time. I loved my grandfather and his home on … Continue reading

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Will Your Ticket be Meaningful?

As you begin to think through your ticket items you may begin to ask yourself “does this really mean anything?” The answer is yes it does! History shows us that you will most assuredly come up with items that will … Continue reading

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Psychic Smitty

It’s time for Psychic Smitty where I read your mind, find a feeling/question and give you an answer. Your Feeling/Question: “Wow that was awesome!!! That was some of the best training I have ever received. There were so many parts … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom from the ASM for Troop Guides

I was a Participant of Wood Badge Course SR604. I had no idea what to expect as the only person involved with our troop with Wood Badge experience had gone through the course many years earlier, what is now known … Continue reading

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What to Expect when you’re expecting Wood Badge… Troop Guide Chris Leech

Ever since my wife and I discovered our first child was due on October 22, she has been glued to a book called “What to Expect when you’re Expecting”. This book has provided her with a wealth of information, so … Continue reading

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Warm Words… from Troop Guide Shawn Coffey

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 … Continue reading

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Shhh…It’s a Secret!

Let me tell you a secret. Please don’t tattle on me, but I’m going to give you a sneak-peak at Wood Badge. There is an essential skill you must acquire if you want to be an effective leader and it’s … Continue reading

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Look Up

One of the challenges of a scout leader taking a group of new young scouts on a trail hike is to get them to look and listen to all the things around them and not just focus on the trail … Continue reading

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Friendly Advice from our Scribe

Be prepared. That’s our motto and I generally take it pretty seriously. About this time 6 years ago, I was trying to prepare for my first Wood Badge experience in SR-769. Like you, I had heard good things from others … Continue reading

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…You Might be a Wood Badger!

If your Coat of Arms features a Kudu… If you think campfire building should be an Olympic sport… If you have 2 lawn mowers that don’t work and a broken storm door, but a perfectly good Table Totem…

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