Original Wood Badge Experience

Original Wood Badge Experience

Original Wood Badge Experience

As the world recovered from the cataclysmic impact of the First World War, a group of Scout volunteers came together to look to the future.

These Scouting pioneers took part in what would become known as 'The First Wood Badge Course'. Little did they know that the impact of this event would soon be felt around the world. Soon Gilwell Park's training centre would be attracting international attention with volunteers traveling across the globe to take part in this ground breaking programme. They would leave inspired and this is how the magic of Gilwell was communicated around the world.


To celebrate the centenary of Wood Badge training at Gilwell Park, we are currently delivering the Original Wood Badge Experience, in a fun format to engage existing Wood Badge holders. This will give a flavour of what it would have been like to have attended one of the first courses ever held. Experiencing training 1919 style will involve bringing alive many of the experiences those first leaders 100 years ago woud have had.

This is camping 1919 style so cooking will be part of the experience. The Camp Chiefs handbook clearly says “You would be robbing your Scout Masters of a valuable part of their training if you get the cooking done by outside help”

The programme is based on the training documents from the early Wood Badge courses delivered at Gilwell Park and includes some of the following subjects:

  •   Scouting games
  •   Camp craft – food, hiking, first aid
  •   Field craft – principles of mapping and sketching
  •   Pioneering
  •   Nature Lore – bird and tree study
  •   Sign Craft – tracking and signalling
  •  time to reflect on how Scouting has evolved over the past 100 years.


The course runs for 4 days from Monday 9th – Thursday 12th September 2019

All funds raised from the delivery of the course will go directly towards preserving our heritage and the legacy of Gilwell Park.

We'll share some photos of the experience soon.

For more information please email with the subject line 'Original Wood Badge Experience.'



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