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Wood Badge

How do you explain Wood Badge in a blog post? There is an explanation here. So now that is out of the way, how do you explain what it is like to be on staff at Wood Badge? A few words may help. They are fun, fun and fun. Then there are the staff development meetings as well as becoming familiar with a several hundred page syllabus. Then there is learning presentations that you give and learning the material. There are long days when on course, early breakfast meeting and meetings at the end of the day. Even with the lack of sleep and the anxiousness over having to give a presentation or being where you need to be when you are supposed to be there, it is fun.

My mornings started looking out a window to Tahquitz Peak. I have climbed the Devils Slide trail and made a left turn to go to Mt. San Jacinto. However, I have never made the right turn to go to Tahquitz Peak. After looking out the window for several days, Tahquitz Peak is on my short list because it is more fun.

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When you go through Wood Badge you are assigned to a patrol and your patrol has a critter. My critter is the owl. My job for Wood Badge was to be a Troop Guide. As Troop Guide, I was given the responsibility of one patrol and their critter is the buffalo. Meet the buffalo patrol of W4-45-15-2.

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Being on staff at Wood Badge was great fun. I know all the buffalo’s had fun as well. In fact they said, “Let the chips fall where they may.”


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